Rufus & Chaka Khan (3 albums)

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Rufus – 1973 – Rufus

ย Rufus & Chaka Khan first album is an archetypal bit of jazzy rocking soul that would forever change the face of 70s pop. Chaka Kahn and the band are still working things out at this point, but the record’s got some excellent sweet funky moments, and some great LA production that drives the whole thing home nicely.

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Tracks
A1 Slip ‘N’ Slide (3:47)
A2
Keep It Coming (3:12)
A3
There’s No Tellin‘ (4:51)
A4
Maybe Your Baby (4:14)
A5
I Finally Found You (3:57)
B1
Feel Good (4:09)
B2
Satisfied (3:27)
B3
Haulin’ Coal (5:00)
B4
Whoever’s Thrilling You (Is Killing Me) (2:42)
B5
Love The One You’re With / Sit Yourself Down (Medley) (6:21)

In 1973, Rufus had yet to start going by the name Rufus & Chaka Khan. The band was still obscure, and the single that made Khan a superstar (1974’s “Tell Me Something Good”) was still a year away. Khan was handling most of the lead vocals, although keyboardist Ron Stockert was still doing a fair amount of lead singing. It was in 1973 that ABC released Rufus’ self-titled debut album, which wasn’t the big seller that 1974’s Rags to Rufus, 1975’s Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and 1977’s Ask Rufus would be. From a commercial standpoint, the problem with this LP was its lack of a really strong single, but from a creative standpoint, this is a decent and promising, if imperfect, debut. In 1973, Rufus’ original pre-Tony Maiden, pre-Bobby Watson lineup favored an earthy soul/rock blend along the lines of Ike & Tina Turner; in fact, Khan’s passionate vocals on “Feel Good,” Stevie Wonder’s “Maybe Your Baby,” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” point to the fact that Tina Turner was among her early influences. Not that Khan is actually emulating Turner, Aretha Franklin, or anyone else; in 1973, Khan was quite distinctive herself. As time passed, Rufus & Chaka Khan became sleeker and less rock-minded — if your introduction to them was “Once You Get Started” or “Sweet Thing,” you might be surprised to hear how rock-minded this LP is. Rufus falls short of essential and isn’t recommended to those with only a casual interest in Khan’s years with the band, but it’s an enjoyable debut that certainly isn’t without historic value. (AMG)

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Rufus fet. Chaka Khan – 1974 – Rags To Rufus

A classic early album by Chaka Khan and the jazzy soul group Rufus and the record that pushed them over the top, chartwise! The album features their huuuuuge hit “Tell Me Something Good“, a simply incredible workout that was the perfect mainstream showcase for Chaka’s great voice, made even better by the use of one of those cool Peter Frampton-vocoder thingies. The album also features some other excellent material that’s a bit more restrained, and more in the band’s usual jazz funk mode like “Ain’t Nothing But A Maybe“, “You Got The Love“, “Smokin Room“, and “Sideways“.

This is [email protected] vinyl rip of the original ABC Records LP including covers

Tracks
A1 You Got The Love (4:39)
A2
I Got The Right Street (But The Wrong Direction) (3:17)
A3
Walkin’ In The Sun (3:02)
A4
Rags To Rufus (4:05)
A5
Swing Down Chariot (4:25)
B1
Sideways (1:55)
B2
Ain’t Nothin But A Maybe (3:36)
B3
Tell Me Something Good (4:40)
B4
Look Through My Eyes (3:13)
B5
In Love We Grow (3:38)
B6
Smokin’ Room (4:20)

In many respects the group seems to be feeling their way through this. Luckily, Rags to Rufus does feature some can’t-miss propositions. The great rock and funk mix of “You’ve Got the Love” all but sums up what Chaka Khan was going to be doing for the long haul. The biggest hit here, “Tell Me Something Good,” is a rare instance of an artist like Stevie Wonder giving away a tune that he could have had a big hit with himself. That being said, it was Khan’s playful and sensual vocal that put it over the top. The songs that veer from the formula suffer the most on Rags to Rufus. The cutesy “I Got the Wrong Street” and the saccharine “Walkin’ the Sun” are duds. Even early on, Khan needed songs that were complicated either lyrically or musically. On Ashford & Simpson‘s “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Maybe,” Khan displays the maturity and knowing that it took to make the song have that much more emotional weight. Rags to Rufus ends on a relaxing note with the tracks, “Look Through My Eyes,” “In Love We Grow,” and the sultry “Smoking Room“. This album is far from perfect, but it’s certainly representative of the band’s gifts and Khan’s vocal power.

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Rufus fet. Chaka Khan – 1974 – Rufusized

Sure, it was a hit but it’s also an excellent batch of jazzy soul, sung by one of the 70’s greatest voices, backed by a sweet mellow vibe that’s still influencing hip hoppers today. Includes the incredible track “Stop On By”, plus the instrumental “Rufusized“, “I’m A Woman“, “Somebody’s Watching You“, “Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)“, and “Right Is Right“.

This is [email protected] vinyl rip of the original ABC Records LP including covers

Tracks
A1 Once You Get Started (4:28)
A2
Somebody’s Watching Out (3:14)
A3
Pack’d My Bags (5:05)
A4
Your Smile (3:23)
A5
Rufusized (3:13)
B1
I’m A Woman (I’m A Backbone) (3:17)
B2
Right Is Right (3:13)
B3
Half Moon (3:15)
B4
Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend) (3:00)
B5
Stop On By (4:53

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In the early ’70s, Rufus was one of the most popular and interesting bands in R&B and rock. Of course, the reason was Chaka Khan, who possessed an amazing voice that was well versed in rock and jazz every bit as much as R&B. Their debut went nowhere, Rags to Rufus offered two instant classics, and Rufusized displayed their skill as album artists. Truth be told, this version of Rufus was nearly a brand-new band, as three members exited and guitarist Tony Maiden and bassistย Bobby Watson joined up. The result was a funkier and more talented band who would give Khan the needed earthy and ethereal mix that would make her soar. The sexy and danceable “Once You Started” proves that this version of the band gave off immediate sparks and results. The sneaky and funky “Somebody’s Watching You” has Khan displaying even more confidence. After great album cuts like the soothing “Your Smile” and “Pack’d My Bags,” Rufusized ends on a strong note. The poignant and sophisticated “Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me)” leads into the Maiden and Khan duet cover of Bobby Womack’s “Stop on By,” which nearly matches the steaminess and wry nature of the original. Often forgotten due to the bigger hits on Rags to Rufus, this easily outstrips that album and became of one the band’s most-loved efforts

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86 Comments
  • paul
    Posted at 20:05h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the early discography of Rufus and Lady Chaka.

  • hooch
    Posted at 20:34h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Sweet, many thanks as always Nikos!

  • jan
    Posted at 22:14h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos – Jan from Poland, an old fan from Lost in Tyme – so pleased I tracked down your new home and it is absolutely great. I started with Smoke, who I’d not heard before but tonight I’ll be enjoying Rufus who I remember from the first time around.Had Rufusized on vinyl but God knows where it is now. Keep up the good work !!

  • Funkygirl
    Posted at 23:40h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Phenomenally fantastic music. There is nothing else I can say.

  • kissme
    Posted at 23:42h, 04 November 2008 Reply

    Tell me something good, tell me that you love me yeah!! Timeless.

  • Ryan Wood
    Posted at 00:48h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Chaka is the fire-just like her name stands for, great band too….

  • manny
    Posted at 01:31h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Steve
    Posted at 08:51h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Your blog is fantastic- can’t wait to check it out each week. Very happy for all the Rufus, but was unhappy to discover that ‘Stop On By’ was miss missing from the ‘Rufusized’ download. Anyone else notice that? Would love to hear their take on Bobby Womack. Thanks!

  • dar
    Posted at 07:57h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    thank you for posting these albums. i no longer have an excuse not to have heard them in their entirety.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 10:17h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Steve, you are right. i will place a new link later.

  • Marian
    Posted at 16:28h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Excellent post. Love Chaka….

  • Rusty O
    Posted at 16:35h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    These are fantastic albums … Love this Blog Nikos…thanks again mate…LOVE YA WORK !!

  • marty
    Posted at 16:37h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Yes, same over at Mr Moo’s – loads of leechers, yet hardly even a few thank you’s.

    What a bunch of greedy fucking wankers! – weed out this chaff and go private!

  • solomon
    Posted at 18:15h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for the music

  • MCT
    Posted at 22:07h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    chaka is just bad as hell. ah missfunk ya never let me down ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Dave
    Posted at 22:13h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Chaka is one of the greatest and best looking of the era. She makes current female vocalists look silly.

  • Samuel
    Posted at 22:35h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Chaka = The Queen of Funk

  • Hans
    Posted at 23:27h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for all/ALL your postings and sharing this with us.

  • agnies
    Posted at 03:44h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    mil gracias, nikos. you rule supreme!

  • Aaron
    Posted at 03:47h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Yes! Thanks for these!

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 08:43h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Great post as always!! Thank you

  • mike
    Posted at 11:38h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    you guys are awesome, thanks for sharing great music.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 13:11h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Hahaha…thanks Nikos…saves me from doing some of the planned re-ups over at 4BB. Working hard on putting it back into shape…

    I’ll holla soon, bro!

    /Lafayette

  • lester
    Posted at 15:43h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Lโ™ฅve this classic, Funk Diva.

  • kizza
    Posted at 17:33h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Sweet thing was one of my first soul favourites before i got to diggin a little deeper! I still love it! Great post nikos (as always)!!!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 17:33h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    I had just bought several 45s off my school mate who decided he didn’t like Stevie Wonder anymore, walked in and heard ‘Tell Me Something’ playing on the radio. I didn’t know yet that it was a stevie composition, but I sure dug the groove. From that moment on, I fell in love with Chaka, and the band went on to become my favourite band of all-time, purely because they filled a void that no-one could compete with. I personally loved it when they had the expert rock/blues guitar of Al Ciner (he left after their 3rd LP) that gave them extra edginess. However, arguably greater things were to come with the glorious orchestrations of Claire Fischer. My favourite LP is ‘Rags’, not because it has their best tracks (which it doesn’t necessarily), but because it is the perfect album for listening to – the weak ones fit perfectly in with the stronger cuts, especially when you remember that Chaka’s vocal can become overpowering if you listen to a whole CD straight through !! Anyhow, fabulous addition, my man.

  • sly73
    Posted at 22:44h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for all your post! u make the world a better place!

  • luther
    Posted at 23:39h, 06 November 2008 Reply

    Chaka was soo foxy & sexy! That awesome voice and all that beauty!

  • pegasi
    Posted at 05:54h, 07 November 2008 Reply

    In the 70s, I looked forward to a new Chaka and Rufus album with the same eagerness I had for a new Stevie Wonder album, until Quincy Jones produced the band and ruined them for me. I just didn’t think Quincy’s polished and overly commercialized sound suited the band very well. Their subsequent albums were equally as bland. But their albums before then are still treasures, though.

    Many thanks!

    Pegasi

  • almeida
    Posted at 10:37h, 07 November 2008 Reply

    I really can’t say thank you enough for this. You have made my day!

  • kirk
    Posted at 14:43h, 07 November 2008 Reply

    Great group! Wonderful Chaka. Thanks for sharing.

  • Simon666
    Posted at 09:19h, 08 November 2008 Reply

    I think “Rufusized” is the only album I’ve bought three times – once on cassette when I was 12, then on vinyl, then on CD. Still love it 33 years later …

  • gershi
    Posted at 00:52h, 09 November 2008 Reply

    Nice, very nice. Such a mass of superb tunes on your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks very much for some good time.

    gershi

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:51h, 09 November 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks For the Chaka and Rufus Nikos!! What a tremendous group. One of the best of the ’70’s.

  • Keith
    Posted at 18:01h, 10 November 2008 Reply

    So cool. It doesn’t get much better than Rufus and Chaka Khan. Thanks.

  • Steve
    Posted at 05:57h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Nice post. How about some info about the band behind Chaka. I am looking to see if John Robinson (drummer on Michael Jackson’s hits) was with the band this early on. I know he was part of Rufus later on.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 09:58h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Steve, John Robinson joined Rufus on 1979.

  • Myrhax
    Posted at 17:05h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Booyah…!!!
    You keep on filling my brain with those beauty.
    A HUGE Thanks for all the knwoledge you bring me.
    Peace mate.

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 21:14h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Excellent, love this stuff, thanks

  • flageolette
    Posted at 05:29h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks you very much,

    Cheers,

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:01h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Awesome!!! If you can get the rest of the Rufus/Chaka material up, that would be great! Any Stax Records material available on the site???

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 16:02h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Man, I can’t stop listening to that ‘Maybe Your Baby ‘ cover on the first album. Brilliant. Thanks

  • nigel
    Posted at 23:59h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    great album love stop on by. thanx for all your efforts. just found this blog and enjoying it immensely

  • Quick
    Posted at 02:09h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    I’m kind of new to this site but as a music enthusiast I appreciate the way you bridging the gap for vintage music to get a second life. Not to mention the information you put up about the artists as a background an the youtube sample song to let us get an idea how the music might sound. Thanks a million

  • mr.rapidan
    Posted at 20:55h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Hi – thanks for the Rufus, my teenage self from 35 years ago thanks you, too!

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 21:54h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Sorry it’s been a while since I dropped by; I’ve been busy burying my nose in school books for the past month and a half…
    Thank you so much for posting the debut LP of Rufus. It’s the only Rufus record that I don’t have, and for that matter, the only one I haven’t heard yet. I will definitely give this one a spin and most likely go out and finally complete my collection by getting a copy of the CD. I hope to be free and clear to get back on the blogging train by Christmas, once I finish final exams. Keep on schoolin’ the kids ๐Ÿ™‚

    Peace and blessings.

  • Shazam
    Posted at 02:38h, 16 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for these sounds! I can hear for my first time the early’Chaka Khan period.
    From France.

  • jerome green
    Posted at 16:29h, 17 November 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    What a beautiful gift to have been blessed to be alive when Chaka Khan & Rufus made all this wonderous music. Thank you Nikos for letting the world experience the joy that we all remember and hear in our minds.

    Peace, Jerome

  • jerome green
    Posted at 00:27h, 18 November 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Yo, I just watched the video. I don’t think there will ever be a more beautiful & fine vision than Chaka Khan. I do wish there were 48 hours in each day to be with HER!

    Thanks again, Peace, Jerome

  • glooboy80
    Posted at 01:59h, 24 November 2008 Reply

    Great posts!!! Thank you!!!

  • Hannah
    Posted at 02:17h, 24 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I can’t stop listening to Rags to Rufus. This blog is a blessing in my life!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:36h, 24 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much… love the Rufus albums!

  • craig
    Posted at 05:41h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    love what you’re doing.Rufus first album was’nt known by many glad someone put it out there. Thank You.

  • Lisa S.
    Posted at 14:14h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    This post is just brilliant! Thank you so much.

  • Nicolas Perron
    Posted at 07:04h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    i’m born in 1978 and it’s very interesting to discover way back..new music . Listen 70’s 80’s music is learning the 2000 one

  • macdaddy
    Posted at 15:04h, 31 December 2008 Reply

    I love Rufus and had the pleasure of seeing them in 1974 in England ( they never came back) just before they hit big with ‘Tell Me Something Good’. I was still a school kid but i sat in awe as the band were superb and Chaka I fell in love with as she danced around in her leather pants and top wowwweee. the band were tight and from that moment on I was a fan and always have been but my view was Chaka did her best work with Rufus despite her solo success, synergy is the word I’d use. What you seem to miss out on was their instrumentals which were so damn funky and let the band cut loose. Their best ever album is in my opinion At Midnight. I was hoping that they would put out a box set of their work but I don’t know if it will happen or has happened. A great band who despite the nits don’t get the true props they deserve but your reviews do them justice.

  • Martin
    Posted at 15:55h, 31 December 2008 Reply

    I found this site while looking for a front sleeve for an Ohio Players cassette I had transferred to pc. It’s an absolute revelation!
    I love the write ups and have enjoyed the recommendations. It just leads me off on tangents, which is always a great thing musically. Thanks Nikos, for taking the time to do all this. Will recommend to fellow funksters.

  • MurderGhost
    Posted at 22:45h, 01 January 2009 Reply

    My grandmother left me all 3 of these albums when she passed away.
    Not only these ones, but tons of others. And since I never had reliable record players, I never played them. Thanks for the MP3s… I’m very exited to listen to music my grandmother loved so much! Much Love and respect to you. Thanks for providing a blog like this!

  • lader_m
    Posted at 18:12h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for these!

  • K.Prater
    Posted at 00:11h, 15 February 2009 Reply

    This Rufus section and the Tom Brock sections have been the most helpful, because most of these records are ridiculously hard to find. I appreciate you guys making this material available.

  • pmjuan
    Posted at 10:13h, 19 February 2009 Reply

    keep on doing what you do… you’re keeping a few things in motion… whether you get the proper thanks you deserve… you’re doing a great thing for the past and the present.

  • Claudio
    Posted at 01:12h, 02 March 2009 Reply

    Great Rufus, excellent. Thanks

  • jam-i-con
    Posted at 20:39h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    Great post… Love me some Rufus. “Somebody’s Watchin’ You” What a jam.

    Don’t fret about the leech to post ratio. Goes with the territory. Not like our kissing ur arse is going to really reward your hard work. You do it for the love and to spread the wealth. Online adulation is pretty hollow anyway.

    Keep up the good work.

  • nick
    Posted at 07:54h, 17 May 2009 Reply

    truly amazing records u have here, a blessing to be able to download these

  • Penn
    Posted at 01:00h, 28 May 2009 Reply

    hey, thanks so much, its so hard to find good quality classics. I don’t know how to thank you enough.

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 03:22h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    I really do thank you, sir. I love your blog.

  • ThorZeen
    Posted at 02:34h, 23 August 2009 Reply

    Thanks, I thought that I alread had this. But was mistaken. Thanks again for sharing.

    ThorZeen

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 00:17h, 01 October 2009 Reply

    Chaka Chaka Chaka !!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ken
    Posted at 14:27h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    One of the greatest bands of all times, when I first heard “who ever thrilling you is killing me” I knew chaka was going to be famous. I have all of it and more. Keep educating eveyone,and one day chaka will get her tru props. Can we say Hall of Fame. Thanks!

  • OB
    Posted at 00:10h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks! Great info… Came across this while looking for info on Stop On By (like the name of the LP)…
    Cheers. Good job. O

  • Donny
    Posted at 23:53h, 14 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this post. Terrific blig!

  • Dan
    Posted at 22:27h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    Big Thanks!

  • Novo
    Posted at 04:22h, 20 April 2010 Reply

    Muchas gracias por todo, mucha mรบsica ya la tenรญa pero saber algo mรกs sobre ella es lo mejor!!!

  • greg
    Posted at 01:33h, 04 June 2010 Reply

    FAN-TAS-TIC !!!
    THANK YOU SOOOOOOO SOOOO MUCH for this incredible site ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:16h, 03 July 2010 Reply

    hai chaka khan

  • Rotjoch
    Posted at 16:14h, 16 July 2010 Reply

    I really love your site, really great music!

  • Cynthia Reavis
    Posted at 20:31h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    I have always enjoyed you music with Chaka. People love to here do her songs whenever I have an engagement. lovse always to all of you. (cyndy) SW.Washington,DC

  • Cynthia Reavis
    Posted at 20:42h, 31 August 2010 Reply

    I say hello again to because of some mistake above so, I cannot express how Rufus and Lady Chaka has saved alot of soles by just listing to your music therefor,I do enjoy singing you music. I was the first female in Washington, DC with all men to start sing you your music. Some people say that I sound like Chaka “no”
    I can just do natural notes and range is the same.
    With Love Again From Cyndy, Washington, DC

  • Grooveskin
    Posted at 02:55h, 24 September 2010 Reply

    Man As a Musician I Appreciate You And Other Bloggers For Keeping The Real Music Flame Lit, Because Music Today Is Not Music. Where Are All The Bands -Real Bands That Is? Keep Up The Hard Work, I Appreciate If Nobody Else Does

  • djtbird
    Posted at 04:02h, 21 October 2010 Reply

    thanks for these. used to have them all on wax, which doesn’t travel well across oceans. “feel good” was on a great funk mix i did and it’s not that easy to come by anymore–what with all the focus on “best of” and “greatest hit” compilations.

  • Matt
    Posted at 09:24h, 17 November 2010 Reply

    Haven’t heard these in at least twenty years. Thank you.

  • Sebastiaan
    Posted at 00:40h, 19 November 2010 Reply

    Thank you very much! I’m still trying to find these album in a store, but for the meantime.. thanks!

  • KDNYfm
    Posted at 22:18h, 11 December 2012 Reply

    WOOO! Once you get started!! I’m gonna be dancing around the house the rest of today!
    Thanx for Rufusized!

  • Zozetta
    Posted at 15:21h, 14 January 2014 Reply

    I’m proud to say I’ve got all their albums and I’m truly happy to see so many people loving them. Not that many people know them in Greece. Rufusized: eternal love!

  • Name
    Posted at 03:16h, 30 June 2015 Reply

    flac us up baby

  • Mark
    Posted at 17:01h, 01 June 2018 Reply

    Great band; very underrated. THANKS!

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