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Camouflage [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

RufusAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000197IOG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Better Together
2. Jigsaw
3. Secret Friend
4. Music Man (The DJ Song)
5. True Love
6. Sharing The Love
7. Quandary
8. Lilah
9. Losers In Love
10. Highlight

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Digitally Remastered Japanese Limited Edition in an LP-STYLE Slipcase.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camouflage Stands Out ! June 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Critics and reviewers who have given this obscure and once out of print Rufus & Chaka Khan title only 4 stars or less are correct about one thing; There were no major or memorable standout tracks from Camouflage. Even I did not know this '81 title existed until I came across it as a used record at a music store a couple of years ago. It occurred to me while listening to this newly remastered Japanese import cd the other night that the first three high energy R&B funk tracks almost play like a musical suite set on auto pilot(Better Together, Jigsaw, Secret Friend).By the fourth track Music Man (The D.J. Song)you would hope for something of a slower tempo to cool things down.This of course happens on the fifth track True Love as a slow dance ballad. As the mastering or recording engineer I would have swapped these last two tracks around mentioned to play out a much smoother sequence...Is this good or bad? I dunno cause the music, and the vocals contain that old skool infectious toe tappin' funk I miss from the late 70's and early 80's (before rap and hip hop would dominate the airwaves and music video channels) !
Infectious grooves, thumpin' bass, catchy melodic hooks and Khan's unique and soulful vocals are what saves this project from complete oblivion. The title Camouflage almost plays up to it's prophetic name for it truly was hidden due to lack of proper promotion, airplay and sales back in 1981. But listen carefully and Camouflage serves as a prelude to Rufus & Khan's double live album masterpiece Stompin' At The Savoy's single Ain't Nobody. It also serves as a precursor to Chaka's solo smash from 1984 I Feel For You album. Khan's vocals at times sound a bit polished or "studio" controlled on Camouflage but one can still feel the artistic vibe and energy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By sonjam
Format:Audio CD
It's telling that this is the only Rufus cd not to be released in the US. This was clearly a band at the end of its road. The songs are pedestrian at best and though the band generates some heat on a few cuts, "Music Man", "Better Together" and "Highlight" are as close as this set gets to the old Rufus we knew and loved. Chaka is her usual powerhouse self, especially on "Losers in Love". You can hear the desperation in her vocals, clearly she is singing from experience on this one.
The band is good but sound a little too polished, not unlike Earth, Wind and Fire and Kool and the Gang began to sound around the same time. The 80's and early 90's were not kind to funk bands who seemed to be afflicted with "solo-itis". Everybody wanted their cake, and lots of them fell apart during those years. Rufus would go on to release an amazing live cd, but this set would be the end for my favorite band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WAIT IS OVER April 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
A few of my friends-all Rufus&Chaka Khan fans-have been patiently awaiting the arrival of this rare gem and now "the wait is over." If you are true die-hard fans of this group, then this CD is a must have for your collection. Just listening to the tracks have taken me back to my high school years. "Quandary" is by far my favorite track, but can't help but tap my feet to the upbeat "Lilah" and "Highlight." And even though this was to be the very last full studio collaboration for the group(a sad day in itself)those of us who remember the times and the music can be grateful that we once again have the chance to embrace and relive one of the greatest R&B/funk groups there ever was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a true rufus+chaka-fan you need to buy this. The cd is packed like a mini-lp with a carton wrap instead of a plastic box. The wrap is too big for a cd-cabinet so you'll have to promote it visibly on your cd-player.
The Quincy-influence and Swedien-mix which brought us Masterjam in '79 is still alive on this one. They tried to crossover to jazzier tunes in stead of the raw Rufus-sound of earlier productions. If you're not crazy about Chaka you shouldn't buy this one. If you are it's a jewel. Secret friend (bad timbales by Paulinho in the middle), Jigsaw (with a smashing bass-riff) and True Love (if you wanna hear Chaka sing with her heart listen to this one) are my favourites. Quandary has a nice touch. The single was not my choice, but did allright in the US. Alltogether this is a must have for R+C fans.
It was the music with which I grew up with and now at 44 I feel like 20 again when playing this music in my car-stereo. Try to not get funky with Secret Friend blasting out your system. Like I said before the production is smooth (trust Bruce Swedien) but never too dreary. Jerry Hey gives his best on horn-production and Wolinski wrote some bad tunes. Sure it was a must-do for them but like professionals they did great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Essential, But Good April 11, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With Khan's solo career in full swing, she was contractually obligated to record an additional album with Rufus, the R&B group that served as a launching pad to her incredible, rollercoster career.
With "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" album delivering a #1 single and achieving gold status that same year, Khan was very hesitant about going back into the studio with Rufus to record "Camouflage". The results were a mixed bag. Chaka shines on songs like "True Love" (featuring Angela Winbush on background vocals) and "Quandry". However, she sounds like she's going through the motions on "Music Man" and "Sharing The Love". The album is further weighed down by Tony Madien assuming the lead on "Lilah" and "Secret Friend".
Much to Khan's delight, the album virtually went unnoticed. Maybe this is the reason MCA failed to reissue "Camouflage" on CD domestically. My final verdict is while this CD is far from being an essential part of your Chaka Khan collection, it is well worth checking out. You won't be too dissappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Bookend. . . .
As the very last contractually-obligated album by Rufus and Chaka Khan, "Camouflage" is top-heavy with somewhat routine pulsating dance tracks such as "Secret Friend," "Jigsaw" and... Read more
Published on November 10, 2009 by Danniray99
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes It Really Is Better Together
Without any musical prejiduce intended there's little doubt that,artistic merrit aside the fate of Rufus and Chaka apart from eachother was very unbalanced commercially:Chaka... Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Camouflage
I love this album(showing my age). I have been searching high and low to get this on CD and finally have it. Chaka at her best.
Published on April 20, 2008 by Spirit of Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best
And sadly, it's not well known. Talk about R&B, this LP/CD is pure 100% R&B.
Published on March 16, 2007 by Edward D. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Only Essential For 'Chakaholics'!!
Well, Chaka was an established solo star at this point, and the only reason she returned to Rufus later in 1981 was to fulfill her contractual obligation with the group. Read more
Published on February 3, 2007 by Seand67
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good CD,not the best
If you are a fan you will pick this up, but to me it was not the groups best effort, but still a very good cd. Read more
Published on December 13, 2004 by K. Frazier
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but Essential for the Diehard Fan
I purchased this album as soon as it came out back in '81 simply from being so ga ga over anything that had to do with Rufus & Chaka. Read more
Published on May 3, 2004 by "chakafan"
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I have the vinyl to this album,Rufus's last studio album featuring Chaka Khan,as produced again by Quincy Jones. Read more
Published on May 1, 2004 by Andre' S Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on CD!!!!
Some have mixed reviews about this LP, but for me I love this record!!!!!!!!!!! Rufus & Chaka were going through a rough time with there relationship and this Lp didn't get the... Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by G. Carter
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