Chaka Khan – Chaka Khan (1982) – 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. Widely known as the Queen of Funk.
Artist: Chaka Khan
Title: Chaka Khan
Label: Warner Bros. Records
The entire album was produced by Arif Mardin who always knows how to bring out the best in Chaka, and get the right amount of funk, pop, jazz and soul in the mix..
The first single “Tearin’ It Up” co-written by Philly soul man Bunny Sigler (the tight, busy arrangement has his signature all over it) didn’t exactly set things on fire, but a remix by famed DJ Larry Levan got it some club play.. “Slow Dancin'” is a smouldering groove with 80s Superstar Rick James on board.. “Best In The West” has got to be one of the best Chaka tracks that never hit, this probably would have been a better first single.. She also serves up a great, soulful cover of the Jackson Five’s “Got To Be There” which shows off a much more softer side to her voice.. The “Be-Bop Medley” is also a treat, showing off her jazz improvisational skills on tunes by Theolonius Monk, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie among others .. “Twisted” is another great, hypnotic 80s groove record..
Overall “Chaka Khan” is an excellent, consistent record. It’s one of those albums that has great songs, but perhaps few that would have made great singles…
1. Tearin’ It Up (6:39)
2. Slow Dancin’(featuring Rick James) (5:22)
3. Best In The West (4:00)
4. Got to Be There (4:00)
1. Be Bop Medley: (5:22)
(a) Hot House
(b) East Of Suez (Come On Sailor)
(c) Epistrophy (I Wanna Play)
(d) Yardbird Suite / Con Alma
(e) Giant Steps
2. Twisted (4:12)
3. So Not To Worry (4:55)
4. Pass It On (A Sure Thing) (Pasa Lo Esta Seguro) (4:32)