by RufusRufus & Chaka Khan
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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 bassist 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811023621
catalogNumber: 10236
Rank: 29129

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rufus   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Chaka Khan   Vocals,Background Vocals
André Fischer   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Tony Maiden   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Murphy   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,ARP
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Bobby Watson   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rufus   Arranger
Bobby Womack   Composer
Timmy Thomas   Composer
Gavin Christopher   Composer
Michael Braunstein   Engineer
Clare Fischer   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Austin Godsey   Engineer
Bob Monaco   Producer
Kevin Murphy   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gary Olazabal   Engineer
Claire Fisher   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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