Chaka Khan – Destiny (1986) – Lp
Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953), better known by her stage name Chaka Khan, is an American singer whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.
Artist: Chaka Khan
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Destiny was Khan’s follow-up to the platinum-selling I Feel for You and was as high tech as its predecessor—symptomatically and characteristically for its period with more producers and sound engineers credited in the liner notes than musicians—but was musically more geared towards rock and pop than soul and R&B, most prominently on tracks such as “So Close”, the self-penned title track “My Destiny”, “Who’s It Gonna Be” and “Watching the World” featuring Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals.
The album spun off five single releases, the first being “Love of a Lifetime“, co-written, co-produced and featuring backing vocals by Green Gartside of British band Scritti Politti. The second single “Tight Fit” was a midtempo R&B ballad, just like “Eye to Eye” from I Feel for You produced by Russ Titelman. The satirical “Earth to Mickey” (When are you going to land?), featuring Khan both singing and rapping (and keyboardist Reggie Griffin rapping in the role of ‘Mickey’), was released as the third single in early 1987. The dramatic ballad “The Other Side of the World”, written by Mike Rutherford of Genesis and B. A. Robertson and which had first been released as part of the White Nights soundtrack album in late 1985. The fifth single “Watching the World” never charted. Destiny however gave Khan another Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. The track “My Destiny” was used as the theme song for Richard Pryor‘s motion picture Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.
The closing track, the heavily edited one minute thirty-nine seconds “Coltrane Dreams”, a tribute to John Coltrane, had a backing track mainly made up of samples of Khan’s voice.
1. Love Of A Lifetime (4:20)
2. Earth To Mickey (5:37)
3. Watching The World (4:42)
4. The Other Side Of The World (3:39)
5. My Destiny (4:38)
1. I Can’t Be Loved (4:30)
2. It’s You (4:17)
3. So Close (4:17)
4. Tight Fit (4:37)
5. Who’s It Gonna Be (4:35)
6. Coltrane Dreams (1:38)