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  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Dist Corp
  • ASIN: B000002OLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on April 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Female singers in a duo or group fit a consistent pattern. They seem dominated at first by musical producers or collaborators, yet command all attention to the point where when they inevitably leave for solo work, they take the group's identity. Examples abound: Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Annie Lennox, Natalie Merchant; none of the groups or song partners here achieved any solo success without them. (This cannot be said for the less successful solo ventures of Prince protoges Appolonia and Vanity.)
Yet Rufus (later Rufus featuring Chaka Khan), here with their brief but exciting greatest hits collection, show themselves to be a cohesive band blessed with a dynamic lead singer. Make no mistake, Chaka's vocals sling around party grooves like "At Midnight" and "Once You Get Started," and mid-tempo ballads like "Hollywood" and "Stay" with passionate skill equalling Aretha at her peak. But Rufus, led by guitarist/vocalist Tony Maiden, keyboardist Kevin Murphy and sax man David Wolinski (who co-wrote and produced several tracks) also authored the group's groundbreaking rock/R&B hybrid. Listen to the rubbery funk of Stevie Wonder's "Tell Me Something Good," or the gentle electric piano opening "Sweet Thing" and know that Rufus wanted, and briefly achieved, true R&B/rock/pop crossover success.
Chaka would work with the best after her solo career began in 1978: David Foster, Arif Mardin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Prince. But her collaborations within, not in front of, Rufus produced the most satisfying music of her career. At least one diva, Diana Ross, decided to rejoin her fellow Supremes for a summer tour; Chaka would do no worse bringing Rufus back for another round. Recommended set.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on August 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This straight reissue of the 1982 collection has no surprise choices in its linep. All ten tracks were top 10 R & B hits. Be it the oh-so funky "Tell Me Something Good" and "You Got The Love" or dance floor fillers like "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" and "Once You Get Started," touching tales such as "Hollywood" and "Please Pardon Me" or the steamy ballads "Stay" and "Sweet Thing," all of the enclosed tracks are great.
My only complaint is that this collection did not offer more tracks when it was reissued on CD - in particular the lush "Sharing The Love" (their only other top ten hit). With first rate musicianship and a stellar lead vocalist in Chaka Khan, this set is long enough however to show why Rufus was one of the top bands of the '70s. Also, that they were far more than just Khan's launching pad.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the sixties there was a group called American breed, best remembered in America for Bend me shape me. They didn't chart in Britain but Bend me shape me did - it was covered by Amen corner. American breed disbanded but some of its members went on to form a new group - Rufus. However, it was after one further change, the replacement of the original lead singer with Chaka Khan, that Rufus had their greatest success.
In this new formation, Rufus had a string of top ten hits on the American R+B charts, many of them featured here. They actually scored a UK top ten top hit in 1984 with Ain't nobody but it is not included here.
While I generally prefer Chaka Khan's solo music, there is no denying the quality of the music she recorded with Rufus - a mix of excellent ballads and funky songs to dance to.
If you enjoy seventies R+B with a funky groove, or you enjoy Chaka Khan's solo music, you are likely to enjoy this.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
To all Chaka wannabees--this is the album that the original "Sweet Thing" came from. Inasmuch, look to this as something on the order of Aretha's "Lady Soul" or Natalie Cole's "Collection" for the real thing in female soul sanging--not every pretty face in a new video can do it...and Gawd knows we've saturated the airwaves with them, lately. Chaka did most of her own vocals, overdubbing herself and mebbe vocalist/guitarist Tony Maiden on most of the tracks. We're talking before a lotta the one named hip-hop divas were even conceived. Claire Fischer strings and orchestration are prevalent on many tracks--check out Chaka's newest, "Come 2 My House", or, better yet, Chaka w/Rufus's "Ask Rufus" for how the orchestration help allow Chaka to develop that afro-gypsy-seductress thing she's maintained throughout the years. Rufus, in my estimation, has always been a great band and this CD illustrates that like many bands, they are more than the sum of their parts--there's some awesome bass and drumwork, here, baby. Great cuts are "Little Boy Blue" and the Bee Gee's "Jive Talkin'".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin Dippel on May 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
EVERY SONG ON HERE IS A CLASSIC, BUT IT IS TOO SHORT. IT CLOCKS IN AT ONLY 43 MINUTES. THEY COULD HAVE ADDED ABOUT 6 OR 8 MORE SONGS. SONGS LIKE "SMOKING ROOM," "PACK'D MY BAGS,"
"CIRCLES," "EVERLASTING LOVE," AND MANY MORE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS SO CALLED "VERY BEST OF."
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