We Are Family is the third studio album by the American R&B vocal group Sister Sledge, released on January 22, 1979, in the United States and on April 30, 1979, in the United Kingdom by Cotillion Records. The album was written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, and includes four hit singles: the title track, "He's the Greatest Dancer", "Lost in Music", and "Thinking of You", all of which have been sampled, remixed, and reissued in the decades after the album's release. The album reached number one on the Top R&B Albums chart and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, making it the band's most commercially successful album.Wikipedia
I first met the Sledge sisters whilst backpacking around Papua New Guinea. Each evening one of them would approach me in private and scream "We Are Family" in my face for up to two hours. Looking back, I probably shouldn't have forced them to have that orgy in front of their grandparents, but what's a boy to do?
🕺Tastes like rusty cum.
This is also the best Chic album. You can hear Nile Rodgers and his funky-ass guitar all over it. It's impossible for me to be subjective about some music, and that's especially the case for this album's title track. I used to always associate it with the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and their sabotaging of the song for their pennant run. That was until 1996, when it was played as the last song at 1:00 AM at our wedding reception. Even though the party was ending, there were close to 20 of members of my family who immediately took to the dance floor to jam out to some Sister Sledge. Thankfully someone had the wherewithal to video tape the moment, and I can still watch my Uncles and Aunts, brothers and sisters, and my 80 year-old grandmother joyfully tearing up a rug to "We Are Family". It's one of my favorite moments of the entire night. My marriage may not have lasted, but "We Are Family" certainly has.
He's The Greatest Dancer - An absolute Banger! Infectious beat that gets your hips moving and your foot tappin. Lost In Music - Fun Disco song that's easy to dance to. Almost like a marching song for disco. Could see a lot of clapping going on to this song. Somebody Love Me - Great love song that I'd never heard before. Gives me 10cc's vibes. Hauntingly beautiful and sweet. Thinking Of You - That Bass walk is fuckin solid. Mixed with Niles Rodgers guitar riff carries this gem to be another Banger of a disco classic. We Are Family - Obvious gold standard of Disco. Song about unification produced to perfection. The hi hat is the backbone that the bass riff bounces along as the piano and strings hi five each other in celebration each time they tip toe along this fantastic groove. Easier To Love - Slowing it down after the roof raiser before the Sledge Sister ease you in to a harmonic hammock. Your body sways with the comforting beat of the bongos and the soothing strings. You're a Friend To Me - Wow slowing it down even more. Um not too sure how I feel about this one... It's fine, the strings are nice. Definitely the weakest of the bunch. One More Time - Fun little song to wrap the album up with. Songs like unused rhythms from their bangers but it's fun enough. The little guitar solo was fun.
Enjoy the instrumentation and smooth production but as the album goes on I start to lose interest. Some nice tracks but as an album it doesn't hold tigether for me.
This was a rough one for me. I did admittedly listen to it at the end of the day which may have colored how I felt about it but it was repetitive and just felt like it took forever to finish.
I tried. Disco sucks.
For the most part this was pretty good. I think some of the song were a bit repetitive and drawn out. I'm torn between giving this a 2 or 3, so I would give it a 2.5 if possible.
Good pick to start this 1001 days
This feels like you're wrapped in a warm, fuzzy blanket travelling on the grooviest spaceship around. The spaceship is shaped and lit like a lava lamp. What a refreshing and gorgeous album to listen to, especially in 2022 when it feels like we all need some warmth. Liked almost all of this except for the title track, which I've heard 450 million times in my life and is now on my DNL (Do Not Listen) list.
An enjoyable disco romp
Didn't like their style. Too soft and generic sounding.
Pretty generic and repetitive. Guess I don't find R&B as genre to be particularly appealing beyond a casual listen. The title track was ironically not something I expected lol. // Favs: We Are Family Score: Strong 2
Not into this album at all. Just not my thing. Not a big fan of disco.
I was not pleased to see a disco album here. I have a bias. I'm sorry. However I didn't really hate it. I actually liked the funkier parts a bit. My main problem with the album is that some of the songs go on longer than I need them too. The opening track which is a pretty good song otherwise could've tapped out about 2 minutes sooner. I'm on the fence between a 2 and a 3 here. It really should be a 2.5 for me. I'm leaning toward a 3 for being better than I expected...but no it's a 2 because disco sucks. Sorry. Bias wins.
Disco is the worst. But the guys from Chic did a decent job writing an album for the ladies of Sister Sledge considering that they never even met them before writing it. See that?! THAT sentence is part of the problem with disco. One artist was asked by their label to write an ENTIRE ALBUM for another artist that they'd never even met. That's bullshit and I hate it. While the songs are alright (for disco), the whole idea of the album is enough to kill a star. Disco is the worst.
It's pretty underwhelming. I'm not a fan of disco so I got bored pretty quickly, specially with all the remixes at the end.
disco. nice beat. loved the album.
Amazing album, every song is great. some classic songs on here!
Solid funky album
Is there anything more perfect than the opening of Thinking of You?
Some big tunes on here
Nile rogers guitar playing is so iconic. Love this disco album
Stunning. Amazing. Love this album.
Great funk album!
How much more cool can it get!
Greatest dancer might be one of the greatest songs ever
Banger central 🕺🏻
pretty good. old vibes i liked it a lot
It's one thing to always hear about how R&B has influenced music and been sampled so much over time, it is another to listen to the albums yourself. I am a big fan of R&B and the voice really adds to the flow, here it is perfect. I have nothing against this album, for uniformity sake I am not including the remixes included in the remaster as well I don't take that as a part of the original album. I find this simple, smooth and sweet, never once boring, never not groovy. Absolutely no qualms with the album. Banger of a closing too. 5/5
Who doesn't love some motown/disco
One of the all time greats
Made me say 'YES'!!! Music from back when I was alive
Really enjoyed this album
2. We Are Family - Sister Sledge. 12 Tracks. What an absolutely stupendous album!!!! Yet this is something I would never actually choose to listen to. I will now! @1001_albums_gen has already been worthwhile. 5/5.
Another disco classic
this is already a whole mood and i love it - this makes for great easy listening and grooving
One of my favourite Sister Sledge / Chic albums. Two out of 8 songs still sound a bit like fillers to me (Somebody Loves Me and Easier To Love) but the other six songs are really great.
Heerlijk funky, no skips
Wat was dit genieten
I'm not very well-versed in disco but I'm digging this album. Amazing vocal performances and the instrumentals are incredibly layered and catchy.
SO BOUNCY!!!! luvved it. best song was the opening lwk "he's the greatest dancer"! i luved it....and the sisters!!!! it was fab
Delicious soul & disco vocal register.
Kicks off with a fantastic beat, which the Artist Formerly Known As There French Prince wisely sampled for Gettin'Jiggy Wit It. Only gets better from there.
Sister Sledge is a force. Their harmonies are effortless and their melodies are fire. Could listen to this album for hours.
var ekki með miklar væntingar þar sem mér finnst titillagið vera frekar boring, en allt utan þess á þessari plötu er alveg yndislegt, mjög skemmtilegt að hlusta á þessa plötu (aftur - án aðal lagsins, ég er ekki fan af því). 5 stjörnur svona tbh, easy listening, very nice!
Great album all the way through!
The vibes on this album are so immaculate. Extremely fun sounds and would be great at house parties.
Really great album, pretty much start to finish. Wasn't the greatest fan of some of the slower songs in between, but liked that it was generally swinging and upbeat :)
Fucking mega album
Worth five stars just for the guitar. Classic album.
04/08/2022 Bops on bops on bops! The girls just wont quit! Listened on Spotify, and the final 3 tracks are 24 mins of extended disco remixes, and I honestly unlocked a new level of homosexual after listening.
Chic in all but name and therefore utter shining perfection.
Definitely a great album to boogie too. Obviously the main song everybody knows, but the other songs in this album are just as good!
Disco will never die.
incredible R&B. The bass, sweepy guitars and strings alone make this a 5. everything else is gravy. End of the album isn't as strong, but not enough to drag this down a star.
So many R&B/Disco classics that I would never have found if not for today’s recommendation. ‘Lost In Music’ is by far my favourite, with that smooth riff and heavy bass. ‘One More Time’ finishes on a high, with the symmetry of sounds throughout the album.
Rating: 9/10 Best songs: He’s the greatest dancer, Lost in music, Thinking of you, You’re friend to me, One more time
No skips. Iconic.
Such a classic - remembering when I was younger me and my family would dance to ‘we are family’ how things change
Some massive bangers in this album and a good vibe overall
It's a bonus Chic album. There's even an argument to say it's the best Chic album, high praise indeed. You know how songs get overplayed on the radio, you love them for decades and then get sick of them? Well that's not possible here, as these are some of the greatest pop songs even written. Hearing them in their full glory, 5-6 minutes long, just adds to the joy. Annoyingly only the 7" version of We are Family is available on Spotify, you need the record or YouTube for the majestic full 8 minutes (only this one link seems to have the correct tempo) which needs to be experienced. The bass work is simply out of this world. https://youtu.be/FLRvVZ_Q1Iw If you don't like disco, even just a little bit, I just don't think we're going to get along. Absolutely stunning. One of the easiest 5 ratings in this whole project.
ALL of these songs are amazing! Classic!
This is one of those things I never actively listen to, but even in like 15 seconds of the start of this album I knew I was gonna like it. Catchy AF, cool disco/R&B beats. Must make a mental note to listen to more of this stuff 4/5.
Essential disco album, featuring Nile and Bernie from Chic. The Spotify version substitutes the radio edit of the title track instead of the full 8-minute version. YMMV for disco, but this should be at least a 3 star for everyone. 4 star for me, almost a 5, but a little filler takes it down a notch.
Lush, fun, and joyful. Maybe a touch repetitive, but doesn't really detract from the experience all that much. Favorite tracks: "He's the Greatest Dancer", "We Are Family"
Groovy Thinking of you We are family
Good dance music. Funky.
that Friday feeling
Funky album for a Friday!
Can beat a bit of disco. Stone cold classics. Love the extra remixs
Great album, but so many disco hits it feels like a disco compilation. Amazing talent
Knew many of them. I'd say like 7/10
This is music from when I had a drive-in disco. Disco, among with a lot of other music styles, is still one of my favorite music styles. It was nice to listen to this album. I had not listened to it as an album but I know all the songs of the album. If I would go through my single collection I know I have some singles of ‘Sister Sledge’ there. I really liked the remixes.
Oooh baby, disco riffs to kick things off. Not upset about that. This is bringing me to the 'gettin' jiggy with it' era that followed in the 90s, and the disco revitalization (Get Lucky) that came afterwards. I don't know how much these sisters get credit as pioneers, but maybe the OG disco music isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be. And yes, I still hate the title track - credit that to being overplayed I guess. Now time to listen to Poolside's Daytime Disco playlist for the next 10 hours.
just what i needed today... fun album
Had no idea "We are Family" was on this album
Beautiful, groovy, funky & sexy.
funky af, nice finding. that easier to love track is a delight (even thogh my apple music likes to act and cut some tracks)
A goddamn CLASSIC. I always associated We Are Family with Motown; come to find out they are from Philadelphia. Still a great album.
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Me ha gustado mucho la cancion de We are Family
Então esse é o famoso We Are Family?? Loucura, muito bacana as músicas mas meio coisa que eu não iria ouvir intencionalmente.
Highlights - He's The Greatest Dancer, You're a friend to me Lowlights - Somebody Loves Me (too long), We Are Family The title track, in my opinion is the weakest of the bunch, and Somebody Loves Me is long and repetitious...But the rest of this album is fantastic, especially when you're gettin' jiggy with the Greatest Dancer. This is pure R&B/disco joy.
Fucking great, and I don’t care
most of this album is pretty catchy
When I listen to disco music I like to pretend I’m Matt Damon trying to escape from Mars. I enjoyed this a lot more than just the one hit I only hear at weddings.
Another album that got played twice during the day. So many classics! Nile Rodgers creating a legacy for himself, Sister Sledge and an entire genre.
A classic album. Nile Rogers in peak songwriting and producing form. So many disco classics which you’ll still hear at least one of on any given night out and will always bring the vibes no matter the sort of club you’re in. The Dimitri From Paris remixes are also pure fire.
Solid soul/disco album, plenty of smash hits on this 4*
Simple and appealing with groovy bass lines that you can dance to.
We are family and thinking of you are clearly the most groovy songs...love the overall album tone and all basslines are dope! --- Perfect to listen the entire album in one go
Was really getting into this one, some classic tunes
Sad I had never listened to this. What fantastic classics
Got me dancing ;)
Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Now I know where so many samples come from.
Yes! Love! 4. Thinking of you best track. Banger after banger
Really funky, good tunes there. 4/5
Super funky album. Disco wasn't so bad huh?
Fabulous. This is one of the first albums I acquired on vinyl from a record store in the same shopping center as a pretzel place. Anyways.. the album is so much more than the title track. The first two songs are disco standards and “Thinking of You” is a personal favorite. 4/5 I recommend the Dimitri from Paris remix of “Lost in Music” as well.
Decent for a disco album!
Yo I know disco is dead but like this was really fun dancy music. Considered giving this a 3 but its pretty enjoyable so rating it higher
Surprisingly full of absolute bangers.
Great easy listening 70s vibe
Another classic. Reminds me of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series champions
Copado mismo jajaj
When you imagine disco, this sound is what you think of. Not many disco albums don't have a single filler track, and this is nearly one of them.
funk my weak spot
Had me boppin and movin at my desk. Boogie woogie tushy for sure.
Groovy, nice mix of slow and upbeat songs
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that disco is bad! What a collection of smooth groovy bops. I only previously knew the title track, but recognised many of the others from later sampled songs. I enjoyed 'Thinking of You' the most, as well as 'He's The Greatest Dancer' and the title track of course.
Some great disco classics on this album, although some of the slower tracks are a bit saccharine.
You can't deny it's a disco classic. You can boogie, you can sing, it gets ya bopping and I won't hear another word about it.
Some classic songs on here I forgot was SS. Enjoyed. V good fun
Un dels millors discos de disco... perquè de fet tampoc en té gaire dels tòpics del génere. El que més en té és curiosament el tema titular -i gran single de l'època. Per la resta, una molt elegant combinació de pop, soul, r&b, funk amb uns arranjaments de luxe
I understand why this group was so popular - they knew their sound and they stuck to it and stuck to it well. It's not really my jam, but I can see how the album is perfect for someone whose jam it is.
I love Sister Sledge! I don't ever listen to their work in albums though for some reason. Packed with bangers, very nostalgic for me makes me think of good times and makes me feel goooood! Only down side is Somebody Loves Me - not feeling them doing a slow song to be honest. Other than that it's all top for me, funky beats and just gold.
Good funky/soul vibe. Faves: Thinking of You, He's the Greatest Dancer
There are no less than four major hits on this album. In the context of this album, even those sound fresh, and swing like they must have done 42 years ago.
Funk-disco-soul. Un megahit.
Of course I'm familiar with the title track here, who isn't? Props to Sister Sledge for picking the perfect band name, as they are indeed four Sledge sisters. When I saw the tracklist, the song "One More Time" reminded me of Daft Punk, and oddly enough when hearing this thing get started I couldn't help but think they were influenced by this. Maybe not this particular album, but the disco fever. There are plenty of gems on here, not just the reunion fodder that is "We Are Family." But it helps to know that song was literally sung by four sisters in a band. Great album. Favorite tracks: He's the Greatest Dancer, We Are Family, Somebody Loves Me, Thinking of You. Album art: A great band photo, made a little funnier by the familial relationship. Perfectly late '70s though, especially all the mirrors. 4/5
With all the basic albums this week, I’m glad we could end on a high note. This was a great album with a ton of fun dance songs that also are good to chill to. We are family is a classic but I found myself jamming to almost every song on here.
The genius of the Chic Organisation working hand in hand with a great vocal group - smart, sophisticated disco, packed with hooks, great tunes, fabulous vocal performances. All the big hits open with the title (in classic Chic style) - Lost In Music, He's The Greatest Dancer, We Are Family - "BOOM! HERE WE ARE! TO THE DANCEFLOOR EVERYONE!"
This originally put me off because of "We Are Family", but the album stands up as a decent work of the disco era, with R&B flavour. It probably helps that Nile Rodgers helmed the album, and he seems like a perfect match for the fierce vocal talents of the sisters. It's an album with plenty to dance about.
Fun, good for dinner party. Lost in music fav track
Classic disco album. Love almost every song from it.
When disco was huge, I missed most of it because I was really into rock as a kid. I do recall a couple of these hits, but this was definitely my first full listen to this album. It's great! I'm not a dancer at all, but even this awkward listener was bopping his head to this album. The four sisters' vocals are fantastic -- wow, the harmonies. And when one of them takes a lead, it's just gorgeous. Nile Rodgers' guitar work is stunning. Bernard Edwards on bass and Tony Thompson on drums...Holy Schneikies, some serious chops there. Too easy to dismiss music when it's in a genre I don't listen to, and I admit that. This has some real fun and interesting songs on it.
I was surprised by how much I liked this album. The one issue I have with these disco/funk albums from the 70s is that the god damn strings always sound like shit. Dunno how they caught on. Despite that, it's a great record with some good performances and exceptional songwriting.
Probably liked this more than I should have
I enjoyed it. A lot.
Loved this. Start to finish. Really entertaining, listenable. Added.
Some great songs, can see a few reviewers knocking stars off as it goes on a bit too long with weaker songs, but don't believe in penalising for providing more. The first few tunes are more than worthy of a 4
Some really nice disco on this! All the people in the reviews who hate this clearly don't know how to have fun. Not a 5 because of the more boring songs (Somebody Loves Me, You're a Friend to Me).
Not a disco fan, but this is class. This was an absolute delight. Some classic disco here mixed in with some really lovely, soulful ballads. Nice and upbeat, will be listening to this again when I need a pick-me-up. 4/5, maybe deserves a 5 but I don't like disco enough for that.
The quality on an 8-song album is incredibly high, everything is done so well and so efficiently, almost nothing wasted, a no-skips contender, has everything you want.
Cet album m'a permis de comprendre que le groupe CHIC proposait en fait du sous Sister Sledge. J'ai par conséquent demandé à Robert de réduire la note de leurs deux précédents albums d'une étoile. A bon entendeur.
Un très bon album de funk magnifiquement bien présenté par Christophe Dechavanne et son chien. Le concept est très simple: deux familles s'affrontent, chacune d'elles étant composée de cinq membres, dont un capitaine. Le but est de répondre à des questions ouvertes posées à un panel de Français sondés composé de cent personnes et de trouver les réponses les plus fréquemment données par ce panel. La famille qui accède à la finale peut remporter une somme pouvant s'élever jusqu'à 100 000 €. J'ai beaucoup aimé les passages au cours desquels les candidats donnent une mauvaise réponse et que retentit le son « Pwooon » illustré par une croix rouge ; Dechavanne ajoutant souvent la phrase « Ça sent le vécu... »
I obviously knew We Are Family but the rest of this was pretty good too!
It's got all the bangers! Great album.
Ones I didn't know were pretty slow. Still d i s c o. How do so many reviewers not like disco?!
Classic. Great album, exceptionally funky.
Smooth disco classic.
Funky Disco that has 3-4 really big bangers. I am especially enthralled by Lost in the Music and He's the Greatest Dancer, both of which are fun. I'm guessing We Are Family must have been a smash hit but commercials have ruined that song for me. While those songs are great, listening to the entire album is a rather repetitive experience with all songs having the same guitar riffs (which are cool in smaller doses) and bass lines. Also the more quite songs are kind a meh. It is a 3 1/2 album for me, but forced to choose, we end at 4.
Slick and similar to C'est Chic, but with more hits (4 out of 8 album tracks).
Så gott som alla låtar lät likadana men det var en banger var gång...
I am very tired
I imagine this this is probably pretty classic for the genre. For what it's worth it was enjoyable.
I like very much this music. Sister Sledge is a great band. "We are family" is a hit song.
About peak disco, marred only by the vapidity of some of the lyrics. It's rate for something to be such a complete period piece that can still stand on its own merits.
Классный альбом, очень понравился романтичный трек Somebody Loves Me. Здоровский.
Disco music huh, interesting to see how it holds up. Not bad so far, easy to groove to. I like the first song. The title song is a classic hit. Overall I enjoyed this album.
pretty good, I enjoyed it - 8/10
Great album with some brilliant highlights. Enjoyed so can’t complain.
I'm listening to this on a Friday morning, the sun is shining. I made an effort to listen to it as a "new" album, and get past the feeling of being at a wedding or awful corporate away day, or another concert that Nile Rodgers has been wheeled out for (he just turns up to anything these days eh) and I really enjoyed it.
Solid disco album
Diskoklassikoita! Eipä tästä muuta voi sanoa kuin että toimii. 4/5
great dance music - blast from the past
Didn't realize Will Smith sampled He's the Greatest Dancer for Jiggy with it, quite the jam.
Super funky, slightly girly, reminds me of car rides with my dad.
It’s a pretty good album from the height of the disco era from a group of sisters
8th July 2022 Listened in the morning getting ready to drive to Norfolk for Josh Wright’s wedding. Pure disco, doesn’t get better than this if you want to jive on the dance floor.
We are family is a classic and this just brings back memories. Great album overall but somehow also sounds a little disco era
Pleasant listen. There's nothing wrong with this music but doesn't move me.
I wasn't looking forward to this listen simply because I have never like the song "We Are Family": it sucks. But the rest of the album was pretty damn good. It was funk/r&b with the lasting touched of disco, but it is what it is. It has Nile Rodgers stamp ALL over it. As a matter of fact, if I didn't know it was Sister Sledge, I would have guessed that it was Chic that I was listening to.
Classic disco album, hail to Nile Rogers
If you appreciate disco, like I do, then this album is awesome - Nile Rogers in full form - with a carefully crafted album of funky, soulful, sexy songs. Obviously, 'He's the Greatest Dancer', and 'We are family' are monster hits, but the whole album is one of the defining records of the disco canon.
Gotta love that Chic sound!
I mean, come on. This album is just fun and groovy. It isn't the most substantial, sure, but the feel of the music is enough to enjoy without an intense meaningful punch.
Great listen, very surprised as not something I was looking forward to listening to when it appeared. Funky beats and didn’t realise the Chic influence and link
Love the album cover photo, I feel like I know just what I'm going to get. And they do indeed bring smooth sweet harmonies along with some funky disco. Feel good fun time music. Thanks album generator!
I wouldn't say this is my genre of choice, but I did enjoy the album. Obviously, We are Family is a banger. He's the Greatest Dancer is good too and shows just how lazy the sample was for Will Smith's track. Overall, a decent listen.
I dug most of this. Bonus points for inspiring the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Best track: We Are Family
This album grew on me quickly. It’s got the “we are family” classic on there, and the rest of it is just really smooth, groovy, and good vibes.
Wow this has a lot of hits in it. Really takes me back to school dances. Disco at it's finest courtesy of Nile Rodgers. 1001 albums could have a whole genre in his name (Chic has 2 albums as well). Amazing how many cultural references have spawned from this too - a lot of people unaware where they came from.
Very good late 70s album, didn't add to Playlist but thoroughly enjoyed
This was a really fun, solid album.
July 12, 1979. Comiskey Park, Chicago. A sad, sad and tragic day. Disco, when done well, has no equal, musically, for danceability, for joyfulness, for pure hedonistic pleasure of moving your body. This album has some cracking good disco on it. But also some crappy disco. The slow end-of-the-night numbers are just plain uninteresting,, even though they showcase the talents of the performers admirably. The higher energy disco hits, though, are superb.
The album give some vibes of the 80's, it starts very energetic and then slows down the pace of the music. The voice is great in every song and the instruments were great.
Groovy and catchy as hell, definitely a classic that I can't believe fell under my radar. I haven't heard much disco so this is definitely top 1 for now.