Chaka Khan’s ‘Chaka’

Chaka Khan’s ‘Chaka’ is her debut solo album produced by Arif Mardin and released on October 12, 1978 by Warner Bros.

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Track Listing : 1.I’M Every Woman (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 04:05 . 2.Love Has Fallen On Me (Lloyd Webber, Charles Stepney) – 04:52 . 3.Roll Me Through The Rushes (David Lasley, Lana Marrano) – 04:42 . 4.Sleep On It (Andrew Kastner, Larry John Mcnally) – 04:21 . 5.Life Is A Dance (Gavin Christopher) – 04:20 . 6.We Got The Love (George Benson) – 03:27 . 7.Some Love (Keith Boyd, Chaka Khan, Traude Sapik, Mark Stevens) – 05:50 . 8.A Woman In A Man’S World (Andrew Kastner, Larry John Mcnally) – 03:56 . 9.The Message In The Middle Of The Bottom (Lalomie Washburn) – 04:15 . 10.I Was Made To Love Him (Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 03:23

Musicians : Chaka Khan – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals . Whitney Houston – Backing Vocals On (1 – 3 – 5) . Cissy Houston – Backing Vocals On (1 – 2 – 3) . Luther Vandross – Backing Vocals On (3) . George Benson – Vocals On (6) . Steve Ferrone – Drums . Will Lee – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals On (1 – 5), Bass On (3), Backing Vocals On (4 – 10) . Hamish Stuart – Guitar & Backing Vocals On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5), Backing Vocals On (3), Guitar On (6 – 8 – 10, Bass On (9) . Phil Upchurch – Guitar On (1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10), Bass On (6) . Andrew Kastner – Guitar On (4 – 8) . Richard Tee – Piano On (1 – 2 – 7 – 8), Electric Piano On (4), Clavinet On (5, Piano & Clavinet On (10) . Anthony Jackson – Bass On (2 – 4 – 10) . George Young – Alto Saxophone On (2 – 5 – 6) . Ronnie Cuber – Baritone Saxophone On (2 – 5 – 6) . Michael Brecker – Tenor Saxophone On (2 – 5 – 6 – 7), Tenor Saxophone Solo On (7 – 9) . Barry Rogers – Trombone On (2 – 5 – 6) . Randy Brecker – Trumpet On (2 – 5 – 6 – 8 – 9), Trumpet & Flugelhorn On (7) . Rick Marotta – Drums On (3) . Leon Pendarvis – Electric Piano On (3) . Brook Tillotson – French Horn On (3 – 4 – 7 – 8 – 9) . Jim Buffington – French Horn On (3 – 4) . Cornell Dupree – Guitar On (3) . Gene Bianco – Harp On (3) . Ken Bichel – Synthesizer (S.R.M.) On (4 – 6 – 8) . Raphael Cruz – Congas On (6, On (9) . Arthur Jenkins – Electric Piano On (6 – Clavinet On (9) . Eddie Daniels – Flute On (6) . Phil Bodner – Flute On (6) . George Marge – Alto Flute On (6) . Mark Stevens – Bass On (7 – Backing Vocals On (10) . John Clark – French Horn On (7 – 8 – 9) . Onnie Mcintyre – Guitar On (7 – 9) . Airto Moreira – Percussion On (7) . David Sanborn – Alto Saxophone On (7 – 8) . Sammy Figueroa – Percussion On (8) . Paul Faulise – Bass Trombone On (8 – 9) . Jesse Levy – Cello On (9) . Kermit Moore – Cello On (9) . Richard Bock – Cello On (9) . Tony Maiden – Guitar Solo On (10) . Alan Gorrie – Backing Vocals On (3 – 5) . Terri Gonzales – Backing Vocals On (10) . David Lasley – Backing Vocals On (2 – 3) . Gene Orloff – Concert Master

Production : Produced By Arif Mardin . James Douglass – Engineer . Bill Dooley – Assistant Engineer . Michael O’Reilly – Assistant Engineer . Randy Mason – Assistant Engineer . Sheridan Eldridge – Assistant Engineer . Anthony D’Amico – Assistant Engineer . Lew Hahn – Additional Recording Engineer, Remix . Gene Paul – Additional Recording Engineer

Package : Mary Ann Dibs – Design

Recorded 1977-1978 At Atlantic Recording Studios, New York; Cherokee Recording Studios, Los Angeles.

Released On October 12, 1978 By Warner Bros..

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Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Khan’s solo debut was produced by Arif Mardinand he went with a lush, fully orchestrated sound that’s sometimes slow but never dull. The hit here was Ashford & Simpson’s “I’m Every Woman” (recently covered by Whitney Houston)and it’s just as transcendent as one of Simpson’s own arrangements. […]

Robert Christgau
Arif Mardin and the usual En Why studio funkies lay down a heavier bottom for Ms. Rufus than her El Lay street bottom for Ms. Rufus than her El Lay street players have in years. […]

allmusic
Although Khan had much credibility from her association with Rufus, this album demonstrated that the dynamic vocalist could hold her own ground alone. […]

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