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I Feel for You

Chaka Khan

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In the transition from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, few R&B artists showed as much willingness to adapt as Chaka Khan. Her fearlessness paid off with 1984’s I Feel For You, the most successful album of her career. Rather than rest on snappy new-wave soul of her last few albums — let alone the bubbly disco funk of Rufus, whose music now seems ancient in comparison to I Feel For You — Khan and producers Arif Mardin and David Foster wholeheartedly embrace modern sounds while retaining the high musical standard of Chaka’s past efforts. The shiny, mechanized grooves of “This Is My Night” and “My Love Is Alive” are brought to life by Khan’s vivacious singing. The new production techniques give extra dramatic flair to “Stronger Than Before,” and especially “Through the Fire,” one of the most smoldering ballads of the mid-‘80s. All of the album’s aspects come together on the title song. Written by Prince, it features Stevie Wonder on harmonica and rapping by Grandmaster Melle Mel. Leave it to Chaka Khan to unite three generations of R&B innovators for the purpose of one perfectly wrought pop song.

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The Best of 80's R&B!

This record came out in the heyday of Prince and the Minneapolis sound. It was also a time when auteurs of real hip-hop were coming into view in mainstream America. The sense that was at the fingertips of the kids who bought the albums. As the professional review states 1984 was a time when black radio programmers weren't looking for bands with like 10 members, and live instruments, they were hungry for electronic, highly polished, stylish danceable R&B. This record burst onto the scene and in many ways was a frontrunner to a few not so memorable albums from other not so talented divas of the day. Everything here is different, all of it of its time, and fully satisfying, showing off the sound of the day, and shedding light on the sound of an era. This album has aged very well compared to its pale predicessors. Coming like a fireball burning up the charts, the albums title track was actually a cover of the funked up "I Feel For You" as performed by Prince on his 1978 self titled release. Featuring a killer speedy rap from Grandmaster Melle Mel, and a smoking harmonica solo from Stevie himself, this track was destined to be a hit. It is still amazing to hear it 23 years later. The other tracks are just as amazing. This Is My Night, the first track, has to be the most interesting. It boasts a lot of different sounds, has a changing drum pattern, and some great sound effects. Chaka is in excellent voice, to say the very least. Stronger Than Before is an amazing vehicle for that heavenly voice as well. My Love is Alive, another cover, is sung amazingly, also helped by some samples. This is definitely one of those great old Breakdancing songs, get out your cardboard for this one. Eye to Eye is probably the only pedestrian track here. La Flamme is interesting and has great time changes and great sampling of previous Chaka hits! Hold Her is a dance song featuring a scorching vocal. Through the Fire, Chaka's signature track shines here, in its original 4.47 glory. Caught in the Act is a short masterpiece. Chinatown is a strange and elegant dance tune, about getting lost in the interesting Chinatown (DUH!). The record was masterfully produced by Arif Mardin (who himself has bounced from Genre to Genre effortlessly. It also helped that he had "Hawk" Wolinski and David Foster helping out. One track was also produced by The System (Let the Music Play...) and Prince was in the studio for I Feel For You. This classic album has some history too! It was an early digital recording from Warners and actually released on CD as well as Cassette and Album in 1984! Talk about longevity. And the music still lives on!

incredible

a truly inspired (and inspiring) album by an AMAZING singer

Through The Fire, To The Limit, To The Wall

Amazing, heartfelt album. This woman is the definition of soul music. This is a classic, and I definitely think that any true R&B lover should give this a listen. I am puzzled as to how this is under the "Rock" genre, though. This woman is one of the greatest R&B/Soul artists of all time.

Biography

Born: March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known in the mainstream for her superb 1984 cover of Prince's "I Feel for You," R&B singer Chaka Khan enjoyed solo success as well as popularity as a member of the group Rufus. Born Yvette Marie Stevens in Great Lakes, IL, on March 23, 1953, she was raised on Chicago's South Side, and at the age of 11 formed her first group, the Crystalettes. While still in high school, she joined the Afro-Arts Theater, a group which toured with Motown great Mary Wells; a few years later, she adopted the...
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