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The Essential Chaka Khan [Double CD]

Chaka Khan Audio CD
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Music Club Deluxe - Artist Collections
This album is part of the Music Club Deluxe series. Check out the Music Club Deluxe page for the biggest range of artist collections and best ofs.

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • ASIN: B005J4CBXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Feel For You
2. I'm Every Woman
3. Clouds
4. Ain't Nobody (with Rufus)
5. The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom
6. Roll Me Through The Rushes
7. Life Is A Dance
8. Papillon (Hot Butterfly)
9. We Can Work It Out
10. Any Old Sunday
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Through The Fire
2. Everywhere
3. Love Of A Lifetime
4. It's My Party
5. Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours)
6. I'll be Around
7. End Of A Love Affair
8. Don't Go To Strangers (With Rufus)
9. Love You All My Lifetime
10. Don't Look At Me That Way
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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With her soulful powerhouse vocal style, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of female singers everywhere, including such contemporary hitmakers as Mary J Blige and Erykah Badu. From her mid- 70’s association with the massively successful group Rufus through her own dazzling solo career, eight time Grammy winner Chaka Khan has achieved legendary status thanks to classics like ‘I’m Every Woman,’ ‘I Feel For You,’ ‘Through The Fire’ and, through her final reunion with Rufus in 1982, the timeless dance anthem ‘Ain’t Nobody.’


This 2CD collection features massive hits from the Queen of Funk including the massive UK #1 hit; the Prince penned ‘I Feel For You’ and ‘Fate’ which was sampled by Stardust on their massive hit single ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ which reached # 2 in the UK Charts & # 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Chart.


Chaka Khan has had no fewer than 22 Grammy nominations 10 of which she has won.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation 15 Nov 2011
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This is a much-needed overview of Chaka Khan's solo career. Both "Epiphany" and "The Platinum Collection" covered the major hits, but left out minor hits and fan favourites. This collection from Demon Music Group does an excellent job of covering the hits along with album tracks.

All the big hits are here: "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nobody" are featured in their original versions, plus the dance remixes featured on Chaka's 1989 remix album; "I Feel For You" and "Through the Fire" are also included. Finally, we get a compilation which features "Clouds", "Love Me All My Lifetime", "Love of a Lifetime" and Chaka's cover of Michael Jackson's "Got To Be There". An "essential" Chaka compilation would be incomplete without these songs. "Life is a Dance", "Roll Me Through the Rushes", "We Can Work It Out" and "It's My Party" are welcome additions. We even get the B-side of "What'cha Gonna Do For Me" called "Lover's Touch". There's also a generous sampling of Chaka's jazz output, including "I'll Be Around" featuring Miles Davis, "Don't Go To Strangers" (with Rufus), and "End of a Love Affair" (but nothing from Chaka's "Echoes of an Era" collaboration).

I should note that the copy I received was a bit confusing. On the back of the slip cover, there is a different tracklisting (an error which is also included in the credits in the inlay). It notes the Rufus/Chaka live version of "Tell Me Something Good" as the first track on Disc Two and omits "Fate", but this is wrong; the tracklisting on Amazon is indeed the correct listing. This may have been a last-minute decision to omit "Something Good" and feature "Fate", but it's a smart one since "Fate" is a great track.

The sound is decent and the price is a bargain. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 9 Dec 2011
This isn't by far the much desired perfect anthology of Chaka Khan's career, while this is up till now the best package of Chaka Khan's music availlable. It's a very good introduction to her work as it includes all the main titles and some more interesting tracks from every Chaka Khan solo-album released between 1978 and 1992. Of course there are some omisions like "Baby Me", a single taken from her C.K. album from 1988 (instead an album track, "Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours), is put on this compilation) and "One Million Kisses", an excellent track that was even remixed for the 1989 remix project. As mentioned in other reviews there are some mistakes in the booklet concerning the tracklist. It's a pity that there are not more rare tracks from Chaka from the same period (1978-1992), like project contributions as "No See No Cry", "Crush Groove" and "Own The Night" and some collaborations ("Higher Love", "Stuff Like That"). For fans very interesting is the track "Lover's Touch" that not was availlable on cd before. Anyway, for a perfect overview of Chaka's essential work you need to get more tracks with Rufus from the 1970's. That's why I didn't give it the 5th stars. Overall the music that you can find on this compilation is great! The sound quality is decent but nowhere is mentioned that these tracks were remastered for this release. The price of this package however is very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, but... 18 Nov 2011
i truly love the wide variety of songs from her career on this double cd, but i do have one regret: since they already had access to the warner vaults, they should have finally released some of the "lost" tracks from the unreleased album "dare you to love me", there were some truly great ones. the addition of "lover's touch" is fantastic, and while i feel the album does reflect much of chakas' career (mostly as a solo act), i wish they'd included some rare material (such as another, never-released song of chaka and michael mcdonalds version of "for your love"). still, a great compilation and worth every penny -especially for those who are just "discovering" this massive talent.
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