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Funk This

Chaka KhanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 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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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Strategic Marketing
  • ASIN: B000TP5ST4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first track off Chaka Khan's first album since 2004's Classikhan unspools the vibe she's going for instantly--in the space of a single boing-y guitar lick--and a little deeper in, the lyrics seal the deal: "Those very sounds floating in and out of my head/Created the magic that sealed my fate," she hollers in the don't-hold-back style that's made her an icon. We get the picture--Funk This is Chaka reflecting on three decades of full-bodied, fevered-up soul music and examining how it is she got to be so funkalicious in the first place. Where a lot of legends retrace their backstories and end up with albums that sound warmed over, though, Chaka forges forward (and back) with fresh and fiery swagger; you wouldn't want to handle any of these 13 songs without an oven mitt. That's not to say they aren't familiar. In addition to several just-written songs (the pretty, provocative "Angel," the heartfelt "One for All Times," and the pointedly honest "Will You Love Me"), Chaka covers Prince's "Sign o' the Times," Joni Mitchell's "Ladies Man," and Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand," and she also twists a couple of songs she originally recorded with Rufus, "Pack'd My Bags" and "You Got the Love," into a juiced-up medley. Carly Simon's "You Belong to Me" gets the cover treatment in a likable duet with Michael McDonald, but it's another duet that earns this disc five stars for sizzle: "Disrespectful," written by Mary J. Blige and sung with her, busts out glorious grit and gut-level soul, the kind that'll leave listeners quoting Chaka in her "I'm Every Woman" phase: "Whoa, whoa, whoa-oh." --Tammy La Gorce

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Chaka Khan's Funk This showcases some of her powerful vocals and most compellings songs to date. In perfect form, Chaka has recorded both new material and covers of some tracks that are near and dear to her heart. This incredible funk album takes us back to Chaka's roots, with much of the feel and instrumentation used in her Rufus days. Includes guest artists Mary J. Blige, Michael McDonald and original Rufus member Tony Maiden.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crank up the volume and Funk This!!! September 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"Funk this" is Chaka Khan's debut for label Burgundy, which was set up just for music veterans like herself, Gloria Estefan, Aaron Neville and Donna Summer to mention a few acts. It features Chaka at her funky and vocal best.

Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it comprises covers, as well as original songs.

Opening cut "Back in the day" is a slice of choppy guitar driven funk. "Foolish fool" is a lovely guitar/piano/organ sprinkled mid-tempo song with a nice retro feel. "Will you love me" is a beautiful mid-tempo number with a chugging bassline.

"One for all time" and "Angel" are lovely ballads, and Chaka Khan even covers Prince (again - remember "I feel for you"?) on "Sign `o' the times" (even getting in a few notes of "I'm every woman" - Whoa whoa whoa - towards the end), Jimi Hendrix "Castles made of sand" (nice rock/blues treatment), Joni Mitchell "Ladies man" and a superb cover of Carly Simon's "You belong to me" (performed with Michael McDonald who co-wrote it with Simon. Their voices sound excellent together).

Highlight in my opinion, and lead off single, is the fiery feminist anthem, the contemporary sounding "Disrespectful" (nice jerky tune with lovely harmonies), a duet with Mary J Blige (who penned the tune), and of course it is a diva fest.

This is a highly enjoyable collection. Ms Khan is back so crank up the volume and "Funk this"!!!

P.S. While this is Chaka's first studio release in a decade, her album of covers, "ClassiKhan" was released in 2004.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka Brings the Heat!!! September 25, 2007
By BA
Format:Audio CD
Harkening back to her days with the groundbreaking r & b group Rufus, Funk This is an excellent set of originals and remakes that provide ample evidence why Chaka is considered perhaps the greatest funk vocalist ever. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have assembled a set of first-rate musicians and compositions that fit Chaka like a glove, further reminding us that Funk This is going to be something we have not heard in quite some time.

Several reviewers of Funk This have claimed this to be Chaka's first release in 10 years (since "Come 2 My House"). Those reviewers negligently overlook 2004's wonderful Classikhan, which had Chaka teamed with the London Symphony Orchestra. Though almost entirely remakes, it cannot be flatly said that this is her first release in 10 years. But while on "Classikhan" Chaka lends her formidable jazz and blues chops to re-imagine some classic songs (including scorching versions of "Diamonds Are Forever," and "Goldfinger"), she brings pure, unadulterated funk to her latest endeavor.

From Tony Maiden's guitar licks on the opener "Back In the Day," and Chaka's first line "Guess I grew up fast/in Chi-town," you know you are in for a singular performance. There are too many other highlights to mention: the hook-drenched "Will You Love Me?" (with its "wall of Chakas), the funky "Hail To The Wrong" (those handclaps!), the beautifully rendered and structured "Angel," the aching "One For All Time," Chaka's reading of Joni Mitchell's "Ladies Man" and Jimi's "Castles Made of Sand," (the latter featuring Jesse Johnson's guitar doing a darn good Hendrix interpretation), the gritty version Dee Dee Bridgewater's "Foolish Fool" (with Aaron Spears' kickdrum at the bridge), and the blistering duet with Mary J. Blige, "Disrespectful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine & funky "Grammy Winner"~Bravo Chaka! December 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Legendary singer Chaka Khan red-hot & fiery in this tremendous collection of stunning vocal performances among her best ever, opening with self-penned funky grinder "Back In The Day", obvious the legendary lady is back in peak form in a grandiose & inspired production...late legendary singer/songwriter Ed Townsend timeless "Foolish Fool" is definitive featuring a gritty raw performance from Chaka that is soul-deep and supremely satisfying.
Something very special about "Funk This" are winning self-penned keepers like the unique & rhythmic complex "One For All Time", numerous other gems show Chaka to be a wonderfully accomplished singer/songwriter making it easy to why this masterful & tremendous collection earned Chaka Khan two well-deserved "Grammy Awards"...BRAVO CHAKA!
Chaka back better than ever and a classic Chaka Khan performance is always a joy to behold, so sit back and listen in wonder to "Angel" and be stunned by a performance of great depth and spectacular vocal beauty, be enthralled by an artist who is at the peak of her wondrous ability to take the listener to another dimension in a haunting and mesmerizing way.
"Will You Love Me?" is exotic & mesmerizing with another brilliant Kahn vocal hitting scorching heights while fascinating Jimi Hendrix original "Castles Made Of Sand" is an engrossing rocker, next hold on for "Grammy Award" winning duet with Chaka & Mary J. in awesome form, making "Disrespectful" the greatest DIVA DUAL in many years, in better musical times than this current musical drought, "Sign'O'The Times" penned by Prince would have been a huge #1 Blockbuster Hit like "I Feel For You"...magnificent in every way, this funky anthem will grow on anyone who loves a brilliant magical musical ride after a just a few spins...
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING BACK: When Chaka tells you to FUNK THIS, you might wanna do...
This is one of those cds that I didn't appreciate until now. Clearly, she was in her element, and with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the helm, she pulled it off. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Chaka
Anything this woman sings is primo for me!!!! I have just about everything and everyone she has sung with. Great
Published 5 months ago by Syl
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Chaka
Owned this cd but it did not have the track " Let Go" on it, this track makes you wanna move, pat your foot, snap your fingers or something. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martini Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka's Brings Us Back In The Day!
This is Chaka's first album in over 5 years and what a joy to hear her caramel textured voice is still in rare form. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sturn
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Chaka
Just oozing with pure funk soul and class from the one and only chaka khan all the way.Even a white man could dance to this.hahaha
Published 19 months ago by J. Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Greats...
Chaka Khan is, by all standards, one of the most under-rated musical artists of the last generation. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Rod Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph For The First Lady Of Funk!
Chaka Khan has spent the last decade and a half in a pitch battle with the music industry,alternately praising their efforts for championing new talent again yet shinning on them... Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars She's still got it
One of my favorite CDs. She sounds fantastic and there's not a single bad track. I'm glad I don't have this in vinyl or I would have worn it out by now.
Published on February 20, 2011 by Lance Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka at her Best
Sorry for the short review ,but she has already passed all the test
Just buy it.
Published on December 22, 2009 by MARC STEWART
5.0 out of 5 stars CHAKA meets THE TIME...!!!
This album is FUNKALICIOUS - THICK, BASSY and RAW.

Putting the mighty CHAKA KHAN in FLYTE TYME Studios with the legendary JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS payed off big time! Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by Ronald L. Saavedra
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Disrespectful -Chaka Khan & Mary J. Blige
Disrespectful is outstanding. There's another track that is getting radio play called "Angel" that is a beautiful slow jam. Nice to see CK back in the marketplace.
Jul 23, 2007 by Karl Miller |  See all 4 posts
Chaka's Best...
In my opinion, Chaka Khan's best album is the only one that is not in circulation, Chaka Khan. From Tearin' It up, to her cover of Got to Be There, the album is simply superb. I don't have it on cd, but I do have the cassette which cost me $30 off of E-bay. I'm glad I got it, none the less. Chaka... Read more
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