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Rags to Rufus

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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By C. Heinrich on June 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know all of the Rufus albums well yet, but so far I think this is most jaw-droppingly great. The whole album just reeks of sweat and soul. Chaka Khan shows us that she is possibly the only woman that could give Aretha Franklin a run for her money in the R&B arena of the 1970s. But all credit certainly doesn't go to Chaka; everyone is great here. The arrangements, grooves, and everything else all click. This album is truly a masterpiece. With all due respect to hip hop America (which I am not at all a part of), they don't know diddley about music. It's all electronic, programmed, emotionless, and over-produced. Take one listen to this and you'll cringe the next time you hear fake beats boom their way out of electronic keyboards. This band had saxes, horns, drums, piano, synthesizers (used sparingly), funky guitars, a real bass, and, well, Chaka. These instruments all worked together to create something very special, very rare, and downright sublime.
You can't go wrong with this album. My favorite track is the gorgeous "Walkin' In The Sun", which is really more of a ballad, but is a powerfully funky one (thanks to Ms. Khan). But the whole album rocks.
Don't hesitate to get this one. It will blow you away.
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By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album showcased Chaka's amazing vocals and set the stage for a vocal technique that only Aretha could touch. Most of Rufus/Chaka Khan's songs start out with her singing in the low or medium registers; then at the end every song she lets loose to the highest octave she could reach. On Rags to Rufus, listen to "Smokin Room," "In Love We Grow," and "You've Got The Love." Chaka Khan has the ability to sing rock, soul, and jazz without breaking a sweat. The producer of this album, Bob Monaco, went on to produce Three Dog Night and Tina Turner. Dennis Belfield, Ron Stockart, and Al Ciner left the group after this album but the all continued to produce and play on a variety of artists'albums.
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Format: Audio CD
Wow! It is still a great CD after all these years! I first had this on 8 track and then album. Now, I have it on CD and love listening to it every chance I get. Also, my kids get to listen to great music with me!!! They now know what good music sounds like.
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This Rufus/Chaka album ranks a strong second in my personal fave category of the group's work behind the incomparable, Ask Rufus.

This disc has a more funky/folksy overtone than others but is a cohesive, well put together collection of songs.

Of course, 'Tell Me Something Good' set it off for the disc but hidden gems that I'd never heard of until I bought this like the beautifully sublime 'In Love We Grow', 'Smoking Room' & 'Ain't Nothin But A Maybe' should have also been mega hits in their day. Other standout tracks to me are: 'You Got The Love' & 'Walkin In The Sun'.

This group, with its racially diverse members indeed created a unique sound in the r&b genre and cemented a place for themselves as one of the great groups of all time. I'd highly recommend this disc if you're trying to build a Rufus/Chaka collection.
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This was one of my favorite albums of all time! Rufus put out two albums in 1974 and I think this one had the best songs. The quality of the remastering was fantastic and the price was right. I will return to this vendor as I am in the process of replacing CD's that have been lost over the years.
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Recently I've been reading articles linking Rufus & Chaka Khan with what's known as the "sophistifunk" crowd. Well of course if your aware of Rufus's early career,of which this sophmore album is definately a part of than you'll know that wasn't always the case. This album doesn't possess the heavy country-rock flavors of their debut Rufus a year earlier but it doesn't have that albums relatively clean production style either. The recording quality of this albums tends to be somewhat raw and muddy and it includes a number of songs that benifit from that. "You Got The Love" is one of those songs that builds instrumentally but same as with the big hit "Tell Me Something Good" there's some deep grunting male backround vocals and,on the first cut only Chaka is sticking primarily to an often underused (in this period anyway) higher level of her elastic voice. Considering she had no particular love affair of the blues at this time it's odd to hear the energy she puts into the clavinet charged blues/funk of "I Got The Right Street (But The Wrong Direction)". The ballads here have got a range too. You have "Walkin In The Sun" which does possess a mild Nashville flavor only in Kevin Murphy's piano and Ashford & Simpsons' "Aint Nothin But A Maybe",again finding Chaka using her higher voice at a more consistant level as opposed to scaling. "Swing Down Chariot" is a great chugging funk/gospel with an amazing sense of build and some of the most inspired vocals on this album and,back to the ballad front the BEST vocal (and likely composition) on this album is "In Love We Grow". This piano ballad is so strong it almost sounds like something...Read more ›
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