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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 (November 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00004RKEB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Of A Lifetime
2. Earth To Mickey
3. Watching The World
4. The Other Side Of The World
5. My Destiny
6. I Can't Be Loved
7. It's You
8. So Close
9. Tight Fit
10. Who's It Gonna Be
11. Coltrane Dreams

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This is one of Chaka Khan's best albums.
Marcus Langford
Although higly underrated and overlooked, this CD is a classic and if you like or love Chaka Khan, you have to add this one to your collection.
"kitbradley"
Much of the album has a rock feel, with lots of guitars and Chaka's "big strong voice."
Sunny Maudlin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kitbradley" on June 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Still riding high from the 1984-85 international success of "I Feel For You", Chaka Khan decides to step out on a limb and release "Destiny" in 1986. Although not as sucessful as the previous album, this is a great CD.The first single, "Love Of A Lifetime" marks the beginning of what would turn out to be a long musical relationship with producer David Gamson.What makes this CD stand out from the others is that this marks the first time Khan is allowed to fully explore Rock music. Cleverly belting out gems like "So Close", "Who's It Gonna Be", "My Destiny" and "Watching the World", Khan proves that Tina Turner is not the only Soul diva capable of belting out Rock n' Roll tunes.Also on this CD you will find the sweltering second single, "Tight Fit" and an alternate version of "The Other Side of the World", which originally appeared on the "White Night" soundtrack a year prior.The silly and ridiculous "Earth To Mickey", written by Cameo's Charlie Singleton, seems a bit out of place on a Chaka album. Khan's great vocal performance manages to salvage the song and keeps it from being a total disaster.Sadly, this CD marks the exit of Arif Mardin as Chaka's executive producer.Although higly underrated and overlooked, this CD is a classic and if you like or love Chaka Khan, you have to add this one to your collection. This is a winner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Mitchell on June 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sure this album is a bit uneven and betrays some overkill production that sounds a tad MTV-rock-pop 80s (like the Phil Collins-helmed Watching the World), but most of the tracks on DESTINY showcase the main event: Chaka's full-bodied, full-throttle vocals that, once again, sing notes that aren't even in the book. The highlight, of course, is the intricate, stop/start synth-pop-funk of LOVE OF A LIFETIME, penned and produced by GREEN GARTSIDE/SCRITTI POLITTI - in fact, when you listen to this amazing pop single, you a) wish it had been the big radio hit it deserved to be and b) you can hear it as a Scritti song that would sound akin to Cupid & Psyche 85 - but other cuts from the album are close seconds, like the quirky 80s dance of EARTH TO MICKEY and the late-night jam TIGHT FIT, which features an impossibly sexy delivery by Ms. Khan. OOP in the US (typical), pick this up if you can find it - it's a worthy addition to your Chaka complete CD collection! Don't forget COLTRANE DREAMS, an entire groove build around clever samples of Chaka's vocal instrument.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I remember the first time I heard "Love of a Lifetime" on the radio -- I nearly crashed my car, because it was a Scritti Politti song sung by Chaka Khan! Unbelievable. It's still nearly as good a performance (and a dance song) as "I Feel for You" and I have no idea why it wasn't as big a hit. ::sigh:: It's still completely thrilling after all these years, due to David Gamson's incredible production, Green Gartside's songwriting (and backup vocal) skills, and Khan's soaring vocal. This song really is worth the price of the CD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By edg16 on December 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Destiny" is more is a more consistent album than "I Feel For You," even if the high points aren't as high. Chaka branches out into hard rock with "So Close" (written by country singer Pam Tillis!) and pulls it off without a hitch. "Coltrane Dreams" borrows from John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" and builds its entire rhythm track on vocal samples. It shouldn't work, but it does.
I'm docking "Destiny" a full star because Chaka's voice is placed so far back in the mix. The melodic leaps in "Love of A Lifetime" give her something to chew on, but the heavy production overpowers her by the end of the song. She's barely audible over the fake crowd noises in "Who's It Gonna Be." It comes as a relief when she finally gets to cut loose on the spare, eerie "Tight Fit," but you'll have to wait until track 9. A few poor song choices don't help, either. Contributions from Mr. Mister and Mike Rutherford aren't up her alley, and her own composition "My Destiny" demonstrates why she isn't known for her writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The naughty "Tight Fit" (and if the listeners can find the remix to that, they will have died and gone to heaven) is worth even the $19 pricetag on this import, but the radio hit "Love of A Lifetime", the tracks "Coltrane Dream", "Other Side of the World" (from the soundtrack "White Nights") and the get-a-clue track "Earth To Mickey" are what makes this a good CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neptunian Spirit on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The follow-up to the highly success "I Feel For You" album from 1984, "Destiny" didn't seem to find a home on the charts.
Commercial success or not, it was another solid, if not groundbreaking effort from Khan. Exchanging some of the hip-hop-lite flavor that was very much a part of "I Feel For You", Khan builds on her already established urbanized dance textures and brings in some rock influences, the latter drawing allusions to fellow icon, Tina Turner.

The opening number, featuring Scritti Politti, "Love of A Lifetime" is a rush of a song. Uplifting, heady, & propelled by Khan's amazing voice which fills the song, giving it life.

"Earth to Mickey" is a funky fun dance number that features a coy & flirty rap by Reggie Griffin, who plays the object of Khan's affection in this kooky cut. "Tight Fit" is a sleek, after hours number, followed by the frenetic, attitudinal cut "Who's It Gonna Be." "The Other Side of World" is a pleasant soul-pop ballad that helps add a calming influence to the intense feel of the record.

Overall, "Destiny" is another assured, and successfully delivered record that is sold on Khan's vocal delivery & the music's infectious nature. Highly recommended!
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