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Rufusized
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 August 2007
This is one of the best funk albums in my opinion. Chaka Khan was always at her best in this band, tending to go over the top too often as a soloist. The band is spot on and the recording still sounds fresh all these years later. It shows up the shallow cretins who attempt to perform this type of music against a background of pre-programmed music. In contrast, enjoy Tony Maiden's brilliant guitar playing and singing and the stockong arrangements. Not a duff track on the album. Get this and listen to the real stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2012
I'm fast approaching my sixth decade on this planet and as a consequence I've been subjected to an ever increasing body of mediocrity, be it in, alas and sadly music or other.
This album was and never will be anything other than brilliant and even after all these years is still a comprehensively stand out piece of work. I still own the original vinyl copy and occasionally play it, cracks, hisses and all on the turntable. Wonderful to be re-acquainted with it in CD enhanced format. "Please Pardon Me" amongst some of the gems to be discovered if you're new to this work, or to relish once more if like me, you were here first time around. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2010
Having worn out my original vinyl copy of this album, a CD copy made sense.

The young Chaka Khan is simply vocally outstanding on this album.
And the band?
Just sheer perfection.
Funky and yet subtle, this is soul/funk at it's very,very best.

Not a duff nano second on this album.
But the last 2 tracks still knock my socks clean off.
Please pardon me & Stop on by, are just spine tingling.

Chaka Khan went on to solo stardom.
But with this band behind her, this is possibly her finest hour.
A great, great album and what a band!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
SEEMS AS FRESH AS IT DID IN THE SEVENTIES, I,M THRILLED WITH IT AND YOU WILL BE TOO! MAKES YOU REALISE HOW OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT GIVEN THE CHANCE TO HEAR ORIGINAL MUSIC AND TRULY TALENTED ARTISTS ANYMORE. AN ORIGINAL!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rufusized is a brilliant album, surely one of the greatest ever recorded. The material is wonderfully supple and free, with constantly interesting harmonies and a fully-realised sound-world that seems to epitomise the era and its laid-back, life-affirming mood. The instrumental combinations and bass lines, the constant slight shifts in the rhythm and harmony, all create a universe that is completely absorbing and rejuvenating. As for Chaka Khan, she is amazing; right from her opening notes, plucked from the stratosphere in an improvisatory riff that seems to be saying 'here we go' - and we're strapped into some kind of rocket headed for a different atmosphere altogether, not just into the kind of Cadillac a lot of soul has to offer. The jazz inflections make this a much stranger, more unpredictable experience. Chaka's voice is one of the wonders of the modern world, it is so endlessly flexible and gliding around the notes and rhythms - she becomes the music, like a superbly malleable clay in the hands of an unseen creative force. The last two tracks, Please Pardon Me and Stop On By, are quite sublime. As if it were actually possible, the cover photo actually seems to capture some of the joy of this album - was there ever a more beautiful photo of a group of people caught in a moment of complete harmony without any formal set-up? And the back of the album has a photo of Chaka - printed inside the insert as well, where she kicks from an unmade bed - again, totally wonderful and in tune with the sublime music-making.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2010
Rufus and Chaka at their very best. Great musicianship, production and memorable songs. Still love it after all these years. Steve UK has said all the other stuff leaving little else to add !
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on 23 February 2013
funk soul at its best.this is a classic cd of its time.if you are a fan you will love it.chaka solo does not even compare.
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on 11 April 2015
Very good tremendous voice
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