Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
What Cha, Gonna DO for ME
Genres: Pop, R&B
Ms. Khan's Third Solo Album on Warner Bros. Is Arguably her Best Collaborative Effort with Legendary Producer Arif Mardin. The Repertoire Here Has More of an Overt Nod to Jazz with the Inclusion of "And the Melody Lingers ... more »
Ms. Khan's Third Solo Album on Warner Bros. Is Arguably her Best Collaborative Effort with Legendary Producer Arif Mardin. The Repertoire Here Has More of an Overt Nod to Jazz with the Inclusion of "And the Melody Lingers on (Night in Tunisia) which features a Lyrical Tribute to Jazz Heroes and Cameo Appearances from the Late Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and an "Excerpted" Passage from Charlie Parker. The Biggest Hit on the Charts this Album Produced was "i Know You, I Live You", While the Title Track was Favoured by Many FM Stations at the Time. An Oh So Solid Effort from One of R&b's Greatest Voices.
The melody still lingers on... even 26 years later!
Olukayode Balogun | Leeds, England | 03/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1981 bombshell is one of my favourite albums of all time, from one of my favourite female vocalists of all time and is a truckload full of hits. Maybe not hits in the traditional Billboard Hot 100 sense of the word but definitely hits, I am willing to bet, in the hearts and minds of Chaka Khan fans worldwide. To me, "We Can Work It Out", "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me", "I Know You, I Live You", "Any Old Sunday", "Night Moods", "Father He Said", "Fate", and the instant classic "And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)" with that special guest appearance from Dizzy Gillespie and that scorching Clavitar solo by Herbie Hancock, are all hits. (And Chaka's vocals on that last song are spellbinding). I always knew the woman had range but I remember the first time I heard that song. I simply couldn't believe it. It's still hard to believe, 26 years later.
The album is pretty much five star flawless from beginning to end. Chaka Khan is a rare breed of singer, the likes of which probably only come along once in a lifetime. I imagine most people have a favourite female vocalist; even among my own peer group, some love Aretha Franklin, some are into Patti LaBelle, while others adore Phyllis Hyman. While I admire all these women, with me, it has always been and will always be Chaka Khan. With faultless production from Arif Mardin, I feel this is an R&B, soul and jazz album in a class on its own.
They don't make them like this anymore, unfortunately.