Sister Sledge really were sisters, four in number- Kim, Debbie, Joni, and Kathy Sledge. Originally formed in 1972 as 'Sisters Sledge' (the 's' was dropped a couple of years later), they had some minor hits such as 'Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes On Me' and 'Mama Never Told Me'.
Their big commercial breakthrough came courtesy of Chic band leaders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, their production skills giving Sister Sledge their 1979 hits, the disco anthems We Are Family and He's the Greatest Dancer.
Both numbers are on the '79 album We Are Family. Rodgers and Edwards wrote and produced each number, and Sister Sledge delivered in style, making the title track a world-wide wedding reception favourite while others ' notably Lost In Music; He's The Greatest Dancer and Thinking Of You were disco-era favourites.
Other tracks like the lush Easier To Love and the ballad Somebody Loves Me are crackers too on an album that was one of the great disco albums of its time and a huge commercial success.
Throughout, you get quality songs, fabulous trumpet and sax playing from Jon Faddis and Alex Foster and backing vocals from Luther Vandross and Norma Jean Wright. It all gels to perfection and, quite simply, is a fun album to this day.
Once you get the funk buzz for this band, we suggest you check out the 'The Best Of Sister Sledge (1973-1985)'- compilation album. All the greatest grooves are together in one place. Ideal party music.
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