If the summer didn't have enough Nile Rodgers for you, what with a hand in the summer's biggest jam and a new double-disc compilation, there's more good news on the way. Rhino's U.K. division will release a selection of CHIC sides on vinyl in a new box set at the end of the month.
The 12" Singles Collection is somewhat of a misnomer, as only one of these five records was really a 12" single (and it was a reissue at that, pairing the band's first singles "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" and "Everybody Dance" onto one piece of wax). But all of these songs were indeed released as singles, including immortal hits "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love," "Good Times," "My Forbidden Lover" and "My Feet Keep Dancing."
This box even includes two relatively lesser known tracks, in "Hangin'," from the group's 1982 album Tongue in CHIC and "CHIC Mystique" from Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' reunion album CHIC-ism (1992). So it's sort of its own outsize vinyl greatest hits. Packed in retro-style packaging, with labels and dust jackets that recall the disco era (if not the original Atlantic labels note for note), The 12" Singles Collection is poised to be a high-end collectible for fans of CHIC and disco music in general.
It's available in the U.K. August 26 and a week later in America. Hit the jump to check out the specs!
CHIC, The 12" Singles Collection (Atlantic/Rhino 8122796497 (U.K.), 2013) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
LP 1 (from CHIC - Atlantic SD 19153, 1977. Released as Atlantic 12" DK 4621, 1978)
- Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (12" A-side - Buddha DSC 121/Atlantic DK 4600, 1977)
- Everybody Dance (12" Mix) (12" promo A-side - Atlantic DSKO 109, 1978)
LP 2 (from C'est CHIC - Atlantic SD 19209, 1978)
- Le Freak (12" A-side - Atlantic DK 4700, 1978)
- I Want Your Love (12" A-side - Atlantic DK 4712, 1979)
- CHIC Cheer (from C'est CHIC - Atlantic SD 19209, 1978)
- Good Times (12" A-side - Atlantic DK 4801, 1979. From Risqué - Atlantic SD 16003, 1979)
LP 4 (from Risqué - Atlantic SD 16003, 1979)
- My Forbidden Lover (12" Mix) (12" promo A-side - Atlantic DSKO 207, 1979)
- My Feet Keep Dancing (12" promo A-side - Atlantic DSKO 220, 1979)
- Hangin' (12" promo A-side - Atlantic DMD 371, 1982. From Tongue in CHIC - Atlantic 80331, 1982)
- CHIC Mystique (from Atlantic 12" promo single PRO-A-5069 and CHIC-ism - Atlantic 26394, 1992)
I don't know about the US, but here in Merrie England quite a few of these singles were issued in 12" format including, get this kids!, "Good Times" pressed in clear vinyl housed in a clear plastic sleeve with a 12"x12" Chic photo insert. Oh yes!!!