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What'Cha Gonna Do for Me [Import]

Chaka KhanAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 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 (April 29, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B0000071C3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Can Work It Out
2. What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
3. I Know You, I Live You
4. Any Old Sunday
5. We Got Each Other
6. And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
7. Night Moods
8. Heed The Warning
9. Father He Said
10. Fate
11. I Know You, I Live You (Reprise)

Editorial Reviews

Chaka's top 20 & third solo album, released in 1981 on theWarner Brothers label. Contains 11 tracks, including the top75 title hit and a cover of The Beatles' 'We Can Work ItOut'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The melody still lingers on... even 26 years later! March 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 1981 bombshell is one of my favourite albums of all time, from one of my favourite female vocalists of all time and is a truckload full of hits. Maybe not hits in the traditional Billboard Hot 100 sense of the word but definitely hits, I am willing to bet, in the hearts and minds of Chaka Khan fans worldwide. To me, "We Can Work It Out", "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me", "I Know You, I Live You", "Any Old Sunday", "Night Moods", "Father He Said", "Fate", and the instant classic "And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)" with that special guest appearance from Dizzy Gillespie and that scorching Clavitar solo by Herbie Hancock, are all hits. (And Chaka's vocals on that last song are spellbinding). I always knew the woman had range but I remember the first time I heard that song. I simply couldn't believe it. It's still hard to believe, 26 years later.

The album is pretty much five star flawless from beginning to end. Chaka Khan is a rare breed of singer, the likes of which probably only come along once in a lifetime. I imagine most people have a favourite female vocalist; even among my own peer group, some love Aretha Franklin, some are into Patti LaBelle, while others adore Phyllis Hyman. While I admire all these women, with me, it has always been and will always be Chaka Khan. With faultless production from Arif Mardin, I feel this is an R&B, soul and jazz album in a class on its own.

They don't make them like this anymore, unfortunately.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Intro to Jazz..................Real Jazz that is! December 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I didn't expect to be introduce to a new genre of music when I first listened to this album back when I was 13. However, when I heard Night in Tunisia, I was. I began to read the liner notes written by producer of this album Arif Mardin. He listed many innovators of jazz that I heard of only vaguely. I began to seek out these innovators including Dizzy Gillepsie who wrote and performed Tunisia on this album, what a coup! For a jazz giant like Gillepsie to perform on Khan's record really shows what a great, talented person she is. This is one of the best recordings Chaka has and I think a great introduction to her work, no mastery!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything March 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Chaka's most famous solo albums, behind "I Feel For You", even though it contains no Top 40 hits. This album peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard charts and went Gold (500,000 copies), and rightly so. It contains the hit singles in the title track, "We Can Work It Out," "Any Old Sunday," and the common favourites of fans (and probably Chaka) in "I Know You, I Live You" and "And The Melody Still Lingers On". Even the lesser-known tracks are great, and is a big improvement for me over Chaka's 1980 album "Naughty".
The biggest hit on this album is "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me", making the Hot 100 and remaining one of Chaka's biggest solo hits. It's not the best song on the album to me, but features a memorable chorus, a hooky keyboard part, and lots of Chaka background vocals. "Any Old Sunday" was a moderate R&B hit, and is cool and jazzy, but does not seem to garner much attention these days. "We Can Work It Out" is a cover of the Beatles tune, and is catchy R&B/funk as soon as the brass section kicks in after Chaka's slow intro.
"I Know You, I Live You" is one of my favourites on the record, with a slightly Latin beat and Chaka herself on "percussion" (I wonder what!). (Check out the remix album "Life is a Dance" for an awesome remix of this song.) "Heed the Warning" seems to be a preview of sorts of the "Rock" style music that Chaka would do on her own later, especially on 1986's "Destiny" album, and is one of the strongest songs on the album. (It was also a single in the UK.) "Father He Said" is another strong song, with a memorable chorus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More today than when it was released! February 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I listen to and love this album even more today then the year it came out. I was 18 when it came out and have to say sometimes I appreciate the music more now then when I was younger.
Recently I purchased the CD to replace my vinyl copy and am even more knocked out by the incredible sound of this album. This is a sophisticated album with an incredible live feel to it (vs. the more synthesized, equally outstanding, I Feel For You project). What the two albums have in common is there is not one bad track among them. There is a rousing opening "We Can Work It Out", then the hit single, "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me".
Other tracks that stick out in my mind are "Night Moods"...a subtle, gentle ballad. Yes, Chaka does understated as well as amazing vocal acrobatics. My 2 favorite tracks are "Heed the Warning" and "We Got Each Other". Both uptempo and sonic adventures. The latter particularly sounds great on CD (vs. vinyl).
Trust me, this album sounds SO SHARP and SO CLEAR on CD. It makes you appreciate the musicianship and Chaka even more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stellar Album from Chaka! March 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
While each of Chaka's albums all have their own unique appeal for me, this one is absolutely my favorite. This more than any other was a true tour de force of Chaka and her producer Arif Mardin. It is hard to truly categorize this album as to a particular musical type, as there is such an infusion of styles going on here. This to me is also the album where Chaka highlights her love of jazz. "Nights In Tunisia" is amazing, and the stellar "I Know You, I Live You" is nothing short of perfect. I recently purchased a DVD of Chaka performing these songs live in concert back in 1981, and she is breathtaking! Her version of the Beatles "We Can Work It Out" turns this song into a high energy affair of vocal gymnastics. To be honest, every cut on this album is great. A must have whether you are a fan or just interested in getting to know her music better!! I can't speak highly enough about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars CHAKA LOVER!
Although this album was made more than 25 years ago, it is still a timeless masterpiece! It captures Chaka at the height of her superpowers! Read more
Published 24 days ago by T. P. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Chaka!
Beautiful voice. I love every song. Especially "Father He Said" and " I Know you, I Live You" amazing voice, great production.
Published 15 months ago by Stephanie E. Murria
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun they had creating this gem
This is probably Chaka's best album recorded with the exception of 1982's Chaka Khan. Fiery vocals, innovative rhythm section and songs that work perfectly on this disc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by sturn
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an outstanding testament to the soul of Chaka Khan
What can I say that hasn't been said about Chaka Khan? Few women, or artists either male or female, could trail-blaze a musical path that Chaka Khan has; she quite simply has been... Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by The Haunted Doll
5.0 out of 5 stars Paving The Way For Generations
Sometimes there's a point in an artists career,and they never know exactly where there comes a time when there is a perfect match of musicianship,production,songwriting and vocals... Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to the new Chaka..back then
"What Cha Gonna Do For Me" would be the album that transitioned Chaka Khan from the funky, psychedelic pop (and disco) grooves of the days of Rufus to whom we came to know as... Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by Mr. DjTenn
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wonderful"
I bought this music as an audio cassette when it originally came out. I feel the same way now as I listen to one of our musical legends at her absolute peak. Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by lwebb39
5.0 out of 5 stars CHAKA KHAN IS DYNAMITE!
Wow! What a powerful voice! Listen to this album and you will see what I mean. First of all this album hit the streets back in 1981 and proved to the music world that Chaka Khan... Read more
Published on December 28, 2006 by Gabriel Albert
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!!!
I thought that Chaka Khan's first two records were quite good. The arrangements straddled different genres and her vocal acrobatics and harmonies were intense. Read more
Published on August 25, 2006 by mondo
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!
I will have to say I'm a huge Chaka fan but I don't own all of her albums so it's exciting for me to be going back and buying everything that I missed in the early 80s as I didn't... Read more
Published on July 28, 2006 by K. Johnson
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