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Chaka Khan [Import]

Chaka KhanAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, with a rich musical legacy, the 10-time GRAMMY® Award-winner is looking forward to a celebration of a lifetime. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including ... Read more in Amazon's Chaka Khan Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Music [Japan]
  • ASIN: B0000071C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1995 Warner-WEA International (Japan) import CD, original recording reissue of the 1982 Warner Bros. Records vinyl release.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C.K. strikes again! May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to fault any of Khan's work,with and without
Rufus but "Chaka Khan" is just incredible.The wide-open production is loaded with brittle synths and beats and Chaka has
never sung more ferverantly.The opener "Tearin' it Up" sets the tone for the rest of this set,as does it's closer "Pass It On"
and everything in between wins out.Of particular note is Chaka's
invention of "cowgirl funk" on "Best In The West"-complete with
a shotgun blast to welcome you to the show.But most impressive is
the "Be-Bop Medley"-Chaka Khan and Arif Mardin lay out a long bass
and vocorder-whipped groove over which Chaka sings,scats and jitters her way through a medly of 40's jazz standards with a great beat.Hard to believe this was 1982 and that such naked
ambition was then considered so cool,but it was.Sophisticated music you can get down to-what more can one say but Chaka Khan!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka's Best and i got it!! April 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hate to brag but I have this on cd and it is one of my all time favorites!!! Incredible cd!! Why is it that Chaka's best grammy winning album is out of print?? Reissue with the tearin it up remix!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I just listened to this on vinyl. It's amazing. It goes from a hot dance track ("Tearin' It Up") to a crisp duet with Rick James ("Slow Dancin'") to another cute dance number ("Best In the West") to a beautiful version of "Got To Be There." When originally released, I bought the single of "Got To Be There" after catching one of its all-too-few plays on the radio. It blows all other versions away, and makes Michael Jackson's rendition sound like the mere novelty it was probably always intended to be (he was too young--then--and too immature--still--for the song).
The second side opens with the ambitious "BeBop Medley" of stuff I'd mostly never heard of. Not many vocalists, R&B or otherwise, could pull off something like this on their records (Natalie Cole comes to mind as an exception). It swings, it sways, and it's not pretentious as the list of songs on the album cover had me fearing. Proof that Ella was still influential into the mid-'80's. The rest of side two is also fine.
As I type this, "Chaka Khan" is out of print on CD. Too bad, as I looked this up to check on its availability. Hopefully it will be reissued soon. It wasn't Ms. Khan's most popular album but it may be her best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing... March 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Chaka Khan is still,even today in the UK,so underrated...which is a shame because she is so consistently proving herself with every album release,never resting on her laurels,always pushing forward and through.

This is the album which introduced me to her talents as a youth.

I was mesmerised by her focussed vocal dexterity and her use of words...the way she made them fit into the music in an always unique and fascinating way...she cant JUST sing,she is a well-heeled vocal technician too,often arranging the vocal phrasings herself(listen to 'Got To Be There')Listen how she gets incredibly sassy and sexy at just the right moments on 'Slow Dancin'-thats not just singing,thats feeling the moment and the emotion of the lyric to the ultimate and its just that which keeps Chaka head and shoulders above all her contemporaries-vocal dexterity and passion of delivery,she keeps you hooked on every syllable,true artistry of the hghest degree.

I can also verify its for real,not just on recordings but also live in concert.I was lucky enough to see her live in Manchester UK in 1986 and the show just blew me away.

When she asked for requests towards the end of the show,i shouted out 'Dont Go To Strangers',she asked me my name and then said,"Steve,this is just for you,'Don't Go To Strangers'.." and then launched into the song whilst still looking me straight in the breath was elsewhere....

For me Chaka Khan will always be the epitome of a true vocal talent...spectacularly able...quite simply amazing.....

This album is the one which holds most of my memories of 'finding' her....I'm so thankful that i did.......

NOW WHEN CAN WE HAVE IT ON CD??????????????????????????????????
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tearin' it up... January 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This little album from 1982 wasn't the big hit that it's follow-up was (1984's "I Feel For You"), but it did fairly well and won her two Grammy's to boot, so why it's out of print everywhere is beyond me.. There's not one bad track on here.. The entire album was produced by Arif Mardin (Aretha, Dusty Springfield, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack and most recently - Norah Jones), who always knows how to bring out the best in Chaka, and get the right amount of funk, pop, jazz and soul in the mix..
The first single "Tearin' It Up" co-written by Philly soul man Bunny Sigler (the tight, busy arrangement has his signature all over it) didn't exactly set things on fire, but a remix by famed DJ Larry Levan got it some club play.. "Slow Dancin'" is a smouldering groove with 80s Superstar Rick James on board.. "Best In The West" has got to be one of the best Chaka tracks that never hit, this probably would have been a better first single.. She also serves up a great, soulful cover of the Jackson Five's "Got To Be There" which shows off a much more softer side to her voice.. The "Be-Bop Medley" is also a treat, showing off her jazz improvisational skills on tunes by Theolonius Monk, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie among others .. "Twisted" is another great, hypnotic 80s groove record..
Overall "Chaka Khan" is an excellent, consistent record. It's one of those albums that has great songs, but perhaps few that would have made great singles... It's definitely one album that fans shouldn't be without.. Perhaps not the best starting point, but if you already love Chaka, give it a try.. (4.5 stars)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CK is the "best in the west, east, north and south!
I had this on cassette back when I was in the Marines, and loved every song. Chaka Khan is easily one of the best female vocalists of all time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Johnriii
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Chaka Khan Album
This is a great, lively Chaka Khan album. I had been looking for it on CD but never could find it. Glad this was available for MP3 download, because all I have is the original LP... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ole School Dude lol
I was born in Motown live not too far from the studio I just appreciate great arrangements and hot grooves Chaka is 1 of the best on any day on any planet
Published 8 months ago by stanley l miller sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka Khan
This is among her best. After all these years, it is fresh, poignant, saucy and relevant. I like the stories she tells through these vibes!
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth D. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Want it, but not this bad.
I bought the original vinyl version of this lp in 1984 and promptly recorded it on a mix tape. I don't remember all of the tracks on this disc, but, the ones I do bring back... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
Classic album from a classic lady. I had this cassette tape years ago and it was stolen. Not many years ago, Chaka Khan's self-titled album was selling for as much as $100 on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly gifted singer
One listen to this ambitious classic disc from Chaka Khan, you will think that Whitney, Beyonce' and a host of other female singers were only kidding. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sturn
5.0 out of 5 stars Click that buy button nowwwwwwww
Chaka Khan's 1982 lp "CHAKA KHAN" is one of those hard to find records,so when i saw that they released the mp3 version of it... i just had to buy it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by cary
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait to get this on CD!!!!!!!
My sister and I bought this when it was on an album for my mom for Christmas a long time ago and she loved it so did we. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Patricia Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka Khan Passing It On For Sure
Over the years there's been quite a little artist cult that's developed surrounding this album. Many music review books I've read name dropped it again and again as being a... Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
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