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listen  1. At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) (Album Version) 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Medley: Slow Screw Against The Wall/A Flat Fry (Album Version) 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Everlasting Love (Album Version) 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This had to be one of the groups best.
K. Frazier
In all, great music from a great, influential band and the most gifted, sexiest singer of her generation.
Now you may get a CD with two good songs on it Chaka Kahn music is a must!

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on April 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album truly represents a pinnacle for both the collective known as Rufus, as well as soul music in the mid-seventies.
Rufus and Chaka Khan had put some serious funk on vinyl before they recorded "Ask Rufus", and this album is quite a departure from their previous efforts. Much more lush and subdued than their previous recordings,Ask Rufus is sheer magic from opening cut to closing coda.
Rufus follow the lead of 70's pioneers Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder in that they made they made the transition from a "singles" band (admittedly, with some mighty fierce singles in their catalogue) to "album" band, where tracks are thought out and programmed to provide maximum pleasure to the listener. As a result, there is not one single moment of filler on this album.
The opening kick of "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" reminds you that Rufus probably kicked funk grooves as well as any of their seventies compatriots. Surprisingly, it is the only heavy funk jam on this entire album. From track two, the incredibly beautiful Close The Door, through the end of the CD, the mood goes soft, and restraint shines brilliantly. It shows a side of Chaka rarely seen on the band's earlier performances - the ability to use that incredible voice to wow, rather than plow you over.
The two best tracks on Ask Rufus, "Everlasting Love" and "Better Days" give Chaka the chance to show off the best pipes in the industry. While many listeners have always been amazed by Ms. Khan's wailing abilities, it is her incredible talent to show bliss and pain through her voice that makes these tracks stand out.
"Hollywood", another stellar track is the kind of tune that you can easily swing and sway along with.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on June 8, 2000
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Being such a powerful presence on her own, one tends to forget that Yvette Marie Stevenson (better known as the wondrously voluptous Chaka Khan) was once a member of this top notch band. This 1977 release was a benchmark for future R&B groups to follow. From the synth intro to "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" the band never falters. This album is that rare gem that manages to balance the key elements I look for in a 5 star recording; good lyrics, superb musicianship, a singer who actually seems proud of her voice and isn't afraid to wail her heart out, pristine sound quality, memorable hooks and last but not least, unveil something new with every listening. On these levels, "Ask Rufus" succeeds brilliantly. The ballads are all standouts; "Close The Door" is fairly straightforward until it's bridge when drummer Andre Fischer does some subtle, jazzy improvisations complemented by Bobby Watsons' supple, deep bass grooves, "Earth Song" is one of many tracks featuring the sublimely gorgeous string arrangements of Claire Fisher and evokes a relaxed, intimate feel. The hits "Everlasting Love",( one of Ms. Chaka's best vocals ever, building from a very sexy, deep throated croon to her trademark ecstatic wail) has become a quiet storm staple deservedly so, "Hollywood" is the catchiest hook on the album sung in a comfortable, confident alto and tightly harmonized on the chorus. This song also features some great guitar work by Tony Maiden (acoustic and electric that lends the track it's jazzy, highbrow feel, one listen and this tune will be in your head for days.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album was not only a hit with the critics but it was a major hit with the fans. This album out sold all of the other previous albums by Rufus and Chaka Khan. This album marks a period of experimentation by Khan and the group. For example, for the first time Chaka sings in a very low octave at the beginning of the song "Everlasting Love." During an interview, after the album's release, she stated that she wanted to explore the lower ranges in her voice.
This album is a classic because it includes some of their best songs like "Close The Door," "Everlasting Love," "Earth Song," "Egyptian Song." Every song on this album is excellent. Not only did this album sell a million-plus, it was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 for best R&B performance by a duo or group.
Rolling Stone member Ron Wood performed some guitar work on the album.
Overall this album is a classic because the band decided to take a chance and go in a new direction and as a lover of all kinds of music I am glad they did.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By felinelover on September 6, 2005
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This is a perfect example of the difference between old-school r&b & the r&b of today.On this album,you don't just have great singing/vocal acrobatics from one of the greatest vocalists,EVER!You also have EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIANSHIP-which you DON'T have on r&b records today.Of course,Rufus is an actual BAND,so that's the way it should be.On most r&b albums these days,actually since the 90s,there usually aren't actual instrumentalists playing behind the singer(and a lot of them can't sing,anyway),instead you have some "producer"picking out sounds from a computer-at least that's what it sounds like-to make a "track",as opposed to a song or a composition. The people who like the popular music of today couldn't handle an album like Ask Rufus.There's too much going on.

Like the interplay between the drummer,keyboardist,and the guitarist during the out of this world intro & coda of Earth Song.Its called jammin.Jammin is something that usually happens when you have a group of musicians doing what musicians are supposed to do.

Then there's the jazzy piano of Better Days or the knock you out of your seat drum fills right before the coda of Close The Door.And don't even get me started on the majestic Egyptian Song,which is indescribable,you have to hear it!

You see,in real r&b,or should I say soul,the music is just as important as the vocal.Those of us who have listened to this album,as well as classic albums by Stevie Wonder,Curtis Mayfield, & P-Funk,among others,know what guitars,pianos,horns & a drum kit are supposed to sound like.Good luck trying to find that on a Destinys Child or Mariah Carey record.
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