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"You Got the Love" and "Tell me Something Good" proved that Chaka Khan could be both playful and sensual at the same time. But it wasn't until Rufusized in 1974 that she showed her truly spectacular colors. Even without a major hit, this disc presents Khan and her new band as a sparkling, non-formulaic act that could tackle rock and funk as well as jazz and R&B. There were big songs like "Once You Get Started" and the sexy Bobby Womack cover "Stop On By" for starters, but every cut here burns with the sweaty passion of great soul music.

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The Best

This is Rufus at it's best. They sharpened their song writting skills with the addition of guitarist Tony Maiden. There isn't a bad song on this album and if your just being introduced to Rufus, this is the best one to start with. Although you might be slightly disappointed with the other ones if you start here first.

Stop On By!

My first ITunes review. I just had to chime in on Rufusized. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and has been for 35 years!!. It is FULL of incredible songs. They don't make 'em like this anymore-they wouldn't even know how. Rufus was a fantastic band. Though based in R&B, they were clearly influenced by jazz, folk, and rock, but the flavor is unmistakably R&B/Soul. "Your Smile" and "Please Pardon Me" are must have slow jams for any serious Chaka Khan fan, and "Once You Get Started" is a classic party jam with Chaka wailing like crazy. (I can't think of a single current R&B lady that could cover that song convincingly.) Rufusized is simply great music. It has mood and texture and excellent songwriting. If you ever liked anything by Rufus, you'll find something here to love. Classic!

Should be on your "bucket list" to hear this one at least 20 times through!!

Truly Rufus' best album by far, this is the total package. Nice mix of material, and "Your Smile" is an unknown gem which warrants about 7 or 8 stars on it's own! The title track gets headed in the right direction, but never quite takes you to the funk promised land, but it's forgiveable considering the level of the rest. "Once you get started" listening to this collection, you will know what soul music can deliver!


Formed: 1970 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

One of the most commercially successful funk groups of the '70s, the multi-racial Rufus are today best remembered for launching the career of soul diva Chaka Khan, whose fiery lead vocals were easily the band's focal point. Powered by Khan -- who was eventually billed in addition to the group -- and an unerring sense of groove, Rufus scored an impressive string of hit singles on both the pop and R&B charts, which lasted through the '70s and up to Khan's official departure in 1983. Rufus grew out...
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