Chaka Khan ‎– I Feel For You (Remix) (1989)

“I Feel for You” is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album, one of two songs on that album (along with I Wanna Be Your Lover) written as demos for Patrice Rushen, though neither appeared on any Rushen album. The most successful and well known version was recorded by female R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Khan’s version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel, keyboard and guitar by The System’s David Frank, and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s “Fingertips”. The repetition of Khan’s name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin (actually a sample of Melle Mel’s song “Step Off”), who then decided to keep it.

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan’s career. The song hit #1 on the Cash Box singles chart and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November-December 1984. The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became one of Billboard’s five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985. The single reached #1 on both the U.S. dance[3] and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each. In addition, the song also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart. While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed “I Feel for You” as a duet.

In 1989, as part of the “Life Is A Dance : The Remix Project” LP, “I Feel for You” was released once more as a single, this time remixed by Michael Moore and Paul Simpson. The Michael Moore remix did not appear on the LP and the Paul Simpson mix appeared in a longer version. A previously unreleased 7″ remix of “I Know You, I Live You” was added to the 12″ release.

I Feel For You (L.A. Mix)                              7:56

I Feel For You (12″ Remix)                           7:20

I Know You, I Live You (7″ Remix)                 4:10

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Chaka Khan – Own The Night (1985)

Miami Vice was a popular 1980s television series most noted for its use of pop music. Throughout its five season run, the series released multiple albums. In 1985, the first Miami Vice soundtrack was released and powered by the chart success of Glenn Frey’s You Belong To The City and Jan Hammer’s Miami Vice Theme, the soundtrack would reach the top of the US charts.

Chaka Khan followed up her incredibly successful I Feel For You album in 1984 by contributing tracks to both the Miami Vice soundtrack and the Krush Groove soundtrack (previously posted).

The Miami Vice track would be the Arif Mardin produced “Own The Night” which was remixed by Joe Mardin, Joshua Fried and Michael O’Reilly for the 12″ single release.

Own The Night (Extended Version)                    6:20

Own The Night                                                 4:27

Own The Night (Instrumental)                            4:27

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Chaka Khan ‎– This Is My Night (Dance Remix) (1984)

After having balanced her two simultaneous careers as a member of the band Rufus and a solo performer during the years 1978 to 1983, which culminated with the release of the final Rufus & Chaka Khan album Stompin’ at the Savoy – Live after which the band dissolved, Khan recorded the album that was to make her a pop star with mainstream chart success; 1984’s “I Feel for You”.

The album reached #16 on Billboard’s Album Chart, #4 R&B and #15 in the UK.  The follow-up single to the hit title track was the David Frank/Mic Murphy penned “This Is My Night” (US #60, R&B #11, Dance #1, UK #14) .

“This Is My Night” was remixed for the 1989 remix compilation Life is a Dance – The Remix Project. The 1984 mixes by Arif Mardin and Russ Titelman remain unreleased on CD.

This Is My Night (Dance Remix)                          6:16

Got To Be There                                                3:54

Caught In The Act                                             3:45

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Chaka Khan ‎– Tight Fit (1986)

Destiny was Chaka Khan’s sixth studio album and the follow-up to the platinum-selling I Feel for You and was as high tech as its predecessor – symptomatically and characteristically for its period with more producers and sound engineers credited in the liner notes than musicians – but was musically more geared towards rock and pop than soul and R&B.

The album spun off five single releases, the second of these was “Tight Fit”, a midtempo R&B ballad produced by Russ Titelman and Arif Mardin, which reached #28 on the US R&B chart.

“Tight Fit” was written by Bunny Siegler and Bunny Morrow and was remixed by Tom Lord-Alge for the 12″ release in the US and Germany.

Tight Fit (Extended Version)                   6:18

Who’s It Gonna Be                                4:35

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Chaka Khan ‎– It’s My Party (1988)

Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” was the first single to be released from Chaka Khan’s seventh studio album, CK.

The single reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and the CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.

“It’s My Party” was remixed by Keith Cohen & Steve Beltran and featured Jeff Lorber on keyboards.

It’s My Party (New Party Mix)                            8:40

It’s My Party (Club Instrumental)                        5:05

It’s My Party (LP Version)                                 5:10

It’s My Party (Club Edit)                                    5:10

It’s My Party (Dance Dub)                                 5:18

Where Are You Tonite (LP Version)                    4:58

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Chaka Khan ‎– Baby Me (1988)

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often cited as the Queen of Funk, Khan has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

CK is the seventh studio album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in 1988.

CK was Khan’s first album not to be recorded with Arif Mardin, instead it had with the exception of two tracks Russ Titelman at the helm as producer, with whom she had collaborated on hits like “Ain’t Nobody” (1983), “Eye to Eye” from 1984’s platinum-selling I Feel for You as well as “Tight Fit” from her previous album Destiny. Musically CK combined a variety of genres such as soul, R&B, funk, pop as well as two jazz titles and altogether the set was more laid-back, less hip-hop influenced and production-wise not as complex and synth-driven as I Feel for You and Destiny.

Three singles were released from C.K.: Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” which reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, “Soul Talkin'” and “Baby Me” which became another Top 10 hit on the R&B chart, peaking at #8. The CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.

“Baby Me” was remixed by David Todd for the 12″ single release.

Baby Me (2 CK’s And A Baby Mix)                          6:35

Baby Me (Big Baby Mix – Extended Mix)                 4:21

Baby Me (LP Version)                                            4:04

Baby Me (Nursery Mix)                                          4:25

Everybody Needs Some Love                                 4:26

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Chaka Khan ‎– Soul Talkin’ (1988)

CK was Khan’s first album not to be recorded with Arif Mardin, instead it had with the exception of two tracks Russ Titelman at the helm as producer, with whom she had collaborated on hits like “Ain’t Nobody” (1983), “Eye to Eye” from 1984’s platinum-selling I Feel for You as well as “Tight Fit” from her previous album Destiny. Musically CK combined a variety of genres such as soul, R&B, funk, pop as well as two jazz titles and altogether the set was more laid-back, less hip-hop influenced and production-wise not as complex and synth-driven as I Feel for You and Destiny.

Three singles were released from C.K.: Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” which reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, “Soul Talkin'” and “Baby Me” which became another Top 10 hit on the R&B chart, peaking at #8. The CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.

Soul Talkin’ was written by Brenda Russell and the US 12″ single featured the track remixed by Paul Simpson.

The 12″ also added three tracks taken from the successful ‘Life Is A Dance” remix project which was released soon after the CK album.

“I’m Every Woman” was remixed Dancin’ Danny D and “Ain’t Nobody” featured an exclusive to vinyl, Frankie Knuckles remix.

Soul Talkin’ (Serious Soul Mix)                                  6:14

Soul Talkin’ (Serious Soul Edit)                                 4:25

I’m Every Woman (Remix)                                        8:34

I’m Every Woman (Remix / Edit)                               3:29

Ain’t Nobody (Hallucinogenic Version)                       6:55

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Chaka Khan ‎– I Feel For You (1984)

“I Feel for You” is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album. The most successful and well known version was recorded by female R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Khan’s version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel, keyboard and guitar by The System’s David Frank, and harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s “Fingertips”. The repetition of Khan’s name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin (actually a sample of Melle Mel’s song “Step Off”), who then decided to keep it.

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan’s career. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1984, matching her previous highest pop chart position from ten years prior (the 1974 hit single, “Tell Me Something Good”, which she recorded with the band Rufus). The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became Billboard’s #5 pop song of the year in 1985. The single reached #1 on both the U.S. dance and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each.In addition, the song also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart. While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed “I Feel for You” as a duet.

I Feel For You (Remix)                7:12

Chinatown (LP Version)              4:33

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Chaka Khan ‎– (Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street (1985)

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953), also known as the “Queen of Funk-Soul”, is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.

Krush Groove is a 1985 Warner Bros. film, written by Ralph Farquhar and directed by Michael Schultz (who also produced the movie, along with George Jackson and Doug McHenry). This film is based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings and up-and-coming record producer Russell Simmons (renamed Russell Walker in the film), portrayed by Blair Underwood in his feature film debut.

The soundtrack album Music from the Original Motion Picture Krush Groove (also called just Krush Groove Soundtrack) was released on Warner Bros. Records in 1985. The album peaked at #79 on the Pop chart and #14 on the R&B chart.

Chaka Khan contributed the track “(Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street”, the single was written by Charlie Midnight & Dan Hartman and featured a rap by Nile Rodgers.

(Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street (Extended Dance Mix)              6:01

(Krush Groove) Can’t Stop The Street (Instrumental)                          5:15

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