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Rufus & Chaka Khan - The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (1996) Retail CD
The Very Best Of Rufus, Featuring Chaka Khan, is like the little girl with the little curl right in the middle of her forehead - when it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid. Don't let that stop you, though, with Chaka Khan; the highs are so high they redeem the lows.
At 5' 1" tall, Chaka Khan is the mouse that roared; from Aretha Franklin to Gladys Knight to Stephanie Mills it would be hard to find another female R&B, soul singer who can match her for sheer power. No matter how much smoke there may be in the air, Khan's voice pierces like a laser. There is somethingmore… fun, even endearing, about watching someone so small, with hair exploding around her head like a mushroom cloud, delivering such a mighty payload.
Backed by the raw groove of Rufus, that roundhouse delivery really shines on tracks like Tell Me Something Good and You Got The Love. These two tracks alone are worth the price of the CD. Sweet Thing, a little more mellow, is almost as good as they are, while At Midnight has infectious, almost delirious drive. After that, things get shakier.
Khan's primary problem is that, while she's a fabulous belter, she's not really a singer as such. (To see what I mean, check out Echoes Of An Era, where she fronts an all-star jazz line-up and attempts standards - with unsatisfactory results.)
Because she brought no particular vision or point of view to the table, Khan was forced to ride the waves of musical fashion, and had the extreme bad fortune of hitting her peak just as disco was defoliating the landscape. Consequently, much of her output was little more than pointless screeching superimposed onto relentless dance beats. (Stop the madness!)
This CD captures Khan during that brief time in her career when everything lined up correctly. It was short.... but it was sweet.
|1||Do You Love What You Feel|
|2||Tell Me Something Good|
|3||Dance Wit Me|
|6||Once You Get Started|
|7||You Got The Love|
|8||At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)|
|9||Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)|
- Rufus & Chaka Khan - The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (1996) Retail CD
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- 01/03/07 by Jazzbro
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