Johnny Mathis Gets (Vintage) Chic

Nov 12th, 2008 // 4 Comments

I’ve been curious about the I Love My Lady, the unreleased album Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers produced in 1981 for Johnny Mathis, since reading about it in Daryl Easlea’s Chic and the Politics of Disco a few years ago, so the news of a leak of the title track–not to mention the possibility that more of these tracks will make it onto a Chic box said to be in the works for late 2009 (finally!)–is more than welcome. Especially given the heavy Brazilian tinge of the song, which is ripped from British radio (there’s announcing at the beginning and end), and which will remind Chic fans of some of their great acoustic work from the same period. [Disco Delivery; HT Andy Kellman]

  1. Chris Molanphy

    the unreleased album Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers produced in 1981

    Man, what was the deal at the start of the ’80s with the Chic boys and unreleased material? Were they really that authoritarian, or is Johnny Mathis as big a diva as Diana Ross?

  2. Michaelangelo Matos

    Read the link–it explains things.

  3. Chris Molanphy

    @Michaelangelo Matos: Yeah, it’s a good read, but I mean…were Rodgers and Edwards taskmasters or something?

    I want to believe that they were just too cutting-edge for the people they got paired up with (because they’re so awesome, etc.), but I also wonder whether the various collaborations left a bad taste in the mouth of the acts and/or their handlers. Maybe their control-freakdom rubbed people the wrong way?

    At a certain point, they’re the common denominator, and you have to wonder why, as a pair, they couldn’t get their unfiltered stuff out when applied to a superstar act. (It finally took Rodgers going it alone as a producer sans Edwards to find post-Chic success with the Bowie and Duran Duran stuff, etc.)

  4. the earl grey

    I want the whole LP

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