Album review

Chic - In Japan

The poignancy of this concert lies in the fact that bassist Bernard Edwards died later that same night. Otherwise, it's a dismal spectacle. Ironically, Edwards and guitarist Nile Rodgers play superbly throughout, but one listen to guest guitarist Slash ruining "Le Freak" will make you weep.

For a group so dependent on elegance and delicacy, it is somewhat humiliating to experience a past-it Sister Sledge warble "We Are Family" for 10 minutes, to witness them plodding with Steve Winwood through Hendrix's "Stone Free", and to hear them reduced to segueing "Good Times" into "Rappers' Delight". They deserve a better memorial.

Rating: 1 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...