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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Rufus was one of the most respected groups in the '70s and '80s. Although lead singer Chaka Khan's charismatic vocals were their drawing card, few outfits boasted the skill as Rufus as a band. Songs like "Please Pardon Me," "Sweet Thing," and "Fool's Paradise" are a few of the tracks that displayed the perfect marriage. This 1977 effort is the follow-up to 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan. Ask Rufus has the group doing more sophisticated and constantly challenging work with an accent on evocative ballads. The effort's lone dance track "At Midnight My Love Will Lift You Up" has the band going for more subtlety. The jazzy "Close the Door" has a confident and gentle vocal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Rufus was one of the most respected groups in the '70s and '80s. Although lead singer Chaka Khan's charismatic vocals were their drawing card, few outfits boasted the skill as Rufus as a band. Songs like "Please Pardon Me," "Sweet Thing," and "Fool's Paradise" are a few of the tracks that displayed the perfect marriage. This 1977 effort is the follow-up to 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan. Ask Rufus has the group doing more sophisticated and constantly challenging work with an accent on evocative ballads. The effort's lone dance track "At Midnight My Love Will Lift You Up" has the band going for more subtlety. The jazzy "Close the Door" has a confident and gentle vocal from Khan and a beautiful string arrangement from Clare Fischer who offered them throughout this effort. The well-arranged "Earth Song" could be called botched poesy with lyrics like, "Stars what a mystical woman that you've made me," but Khan's charm keeps it from being an overstatement. The best track, the evocative and sensual "Everlasting Love" has great bass and guitar interplay from Bobby Watson and Tony Maiden, respectively, and an appealing earthy and ethereal vocal from Khan. The much loved "Hollywood" has just gotten stronger, with lines like, "Fixed expressions/Smiles worn thin" exhibiting a surprising and apropos world-weary view. The most ambitious song, the evocative "Egyptian Song," has Middle Eastern motifs and a compelling vocal from Khan that pulls it all together. With great keyboard signatures from Kevin Murphy and David "Hawk" Wolinski and Andre Fischer's steady and judicious drumming, Ask Rufus is one of their best albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1992
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811044923
  • Catalog Number: 10449
  • Sales rank: 40,002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rufus & Chaka Khan Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Track Performer
Ron Wood Guitar
Chaka Khan Vocals, Track Performer
Clare Fischer Conductor
André Fischer Drums, Vocals
Milt Holland Percussion
Tony Maiden Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Murphy Keyboards, Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Watson Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Jackson Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Art Neville Composer
Rufus Producer
Clare Fischer Arranger
Kenny Gamble Composer
Charles Garnett Arranger
Leon Huff Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
Gary Starr Engineer
Don Reid Composer
George Porter Composer
Joseph Modeliste Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice!!!!

    I loved the best track of all, "Everlasting Love" because it has such smooth rhythm and the lyrics was sweet. I would recommend it even though it was a classic. Way before my time.

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