We Are Family [Bonus Tracks]

We Are Family [Bonus Tracks]

by Sister Sledge


Before 1979's We Are Family, Sister Sledge wasn't a huge name in the R&B/disco world. The group had enjoyed a small following and scored a few minor hits, including "Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me" in 1974 and "Blockbuster Boy" in 1977. But it wasn't until We Are Family that the Philadelphia siblings finally exploded commercially, and the people they have to thank for their commercial success are Chic leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The Rodgers/Edwards team handles all of the writing, producing, and arranging on this album; so not surprisingly, almost everything on We Are Family is very Chic-sounding. That is true of the sexy "He's the Greatest Dancer" and the anthemic, uplifting title song (both of which soared to #1 on the R&B charts), as well as excellent album tracks like the lush "Easier to Love," the perky "One More Time," and the addictive "Thinking of You." The least Chic-sounding tune on the album is the ballad "Somebody Loves Me," which favors a classic sweet soul approach and is the type of song one would have expected from Thom Bell, Gamble & Huff, or Holland-Dozier-Holland rather than Rodgers/Edwards. Meanwhile, the intoxicating "Lost in Music" (a #35 R&B hit) is about as Chic-sounding as it gets. When Rhino reissued We Are Family on CD in 1995, it added four bonus tracks, all of which are remixes of either the title song or "Lost in Music." These remixes are intriguing; it's interesting to hear late '70s classics turned into high-tech 1990s dance-pop. But they are less than essential, and the original versions are by far the best -- how can you improve on perfection? Both creatively and commercially, We Are Family is Sister Sledge's crowning achievement.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227988685
catalogNumber: 71587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sister Sledge   Primary Artist
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
David Lasley   Background Vocals
Alex Foster   Flute,Saxophone
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor
Marianne Carroll   Strings
Sammy Figueroa   Drums
Jeanie Fineberg   Saxophone
Diva Gray   Background Vocals
Cheryl Hong   Strings
Karen Milne   Strings
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Robert Sabino   Piano,Clavinet
Andy Schwartz   Piano
Ellen Seeling   Trumpet
Debbie Sledge   Group Member
Joni Sledge   Group Member
Kathy Sledge   Group Member
Kim Sledge   Group Member
Norma Jean Wright   Background Vocals
Alfa Anderson   Background Vocals
Tony Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ken Barnes   Liner Notes
Don Berman   Engineer
Bob Clearmountain   Engineer
Burt Szerlip   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Sevie Bates   Reissue Design

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We Are Family [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a Pop/R'n'B masterpiece of incredible melodies and lush mellowness, "He's The Greatest Dancer" is dynamic and spontaneous without being loud. "We Are Family" raises a permanent smile with wonderfully optimistic and inspirational lyrics. "Thinking Of You" is absolutely sweet and sentimental and "Easier To Love" channels the group's positive message into an anti-war, pro-nuclear disarmament song with picturesque lyrics of what a perfect world this could be. You never hear this in music anymore..... nowadays lyrics are always negative, twisted and confrontational, melodies are awful, and the overall vibe is just sickening and depressing. Pick this album up and reminisce on a better time for music.