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Although the misleading title doesn't indicate it, Classikhan can be seen as a follow-up to the Echoes of an Era album Chaka Khan made with her all-star cast of jazz musicians in 1982. The disc is neither a best-of nor a bunch of re-recordings. Instead, it's a set of jazz standards and traditional pop that she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, with a little additional help on a handful of cuts from pianist Joe Sample and percussionist Sheila E. Followers of Khan who know the singer's work well beyond the chart hits know that something like this is hardly out of character for her. While it's true that many of these songs -- such as "The Best Is Yet to Come," "To ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Although the misleading title doesn't indicate it, Classikhan can be seen as a follow-up to the Echoes of an Era album Chaka Khan made with her all-star cast of jazz musicians in 1982. The disc is neither a best-of nor a bunch of re-recordings. Instead, it's a set of jazz standards and traditional pop that she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, with a little additional help on a handful of cuts from pianist Joe Sample and percussionist Sheila E. Followers of Khan who know the singer's work well beyond the chart hits know that something like this is hardly out of character for her. While it's true that many of these songs -- such as "The Best Is Yet to Come," "To Sir With Love," "Crazy," "Round Midnight" -- have been worn out by so many other renditions of varying quality, Khan injects plenty of her tirelessly singular personality. Most thrilling of all is a pair of nods to Shirley Bassey, John Barry, and James Bond. Weighty versions of "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger" come near the tail end and steal the show, indicating that Khan would be a natural Bond-theme successor to the likes of Bassey, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, and Tina Turner. The only obvious problem with the disc is its title. Longtime Khan fans are likely to glance at the cover of the disc and see it as a another career retrospective -- or, at most, re-recordings of the singer's old material -- that they don't need to hear. That's clearly not the case here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Music World
  • UPC: 060768752429
  • Catalog Number: 87524

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Big Spender (3:18)
  2. 2 Hazel's Hips (3:03)
  3. 3 The Best Is Yet to Come (3:37)
  4. 4 Crazy (3:11)
  5. 5 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:50)
  6. 6 Is That All There Is? (3:52)
  7. 7 Stormy Weather (3:48)
  8. 8 'Round Midnight (4:03)
  9. 9 Teach Me Tonight (4:10)
  10. 10 To Sir With Love (4:25)
  11. 11 Diamonds Are Forever (3:07)
  12. 12 Goldfinger (2:37)
  13. 13 I Believe (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chaka Khan Primary Artist, Vocals
Michael Davis Trombone
Joe Sample Piano
Jay Anderson Acoustic Bass
Dave Stahl Trumpet
John Clark French Horn
Ray Adams Cello
Dennis Anderson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Sheila E. Percussion
Rebecca Gilliver Cello
Joyce Hammann Violin
Hilary Jones Cello
James Hynes Trumpet
M. Birch Johnson Trombone
Kevin Kuhn Electric Guitar
Dennis Mackrel Drums
Lee Musiker Piano
Eve Nelson Piano, Conductor
Dave Pietro Flute, Alto Saxophone
Roger Rosenberg Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Silverthorne Viola
Andy Snitzer Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Nigel Thomas Timpani
Noel Bradshaw Cello
Robin Brightman Violin
Duff Burns Viola
Norman Clarke Violin
Anthony Kadleck Trumpet
Ian McDonough Violin
Colin Renwick Violin
Francis Saunders Cello
Jonathan Welch Viola
Chris Komer French Horn
Nigel Broadbent Violin
P. Norriss Viola
Moray Welsh Cello
Charles Pillow Clarinet, Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Paul Robson Violin
Robert Turner Viola
Ian Rhodes Violin
Nicole Wilson Violin
Silvain Vasseur Violin
Matthew Gardner Violin
Ray Cervenka Electric Bass
Jennifer Brown Cello
Caroline O'Neill Violin
Ginette Decuyper Violin
Harriet Rayfield Violin
Andrew Pollock Violin
Sarah Quinn Violin
Gillianne Haddow Viola
Gina Zagni Viola
Nicolas Gethin Cello
Michael "DJ Heat" Humphrey Violin
David P. Jackson Percussion
Nicholas Wright Violin
George Flynn Bass Trombone
Belinda McFarlane Violin
David Ballesteros Violin
Regina Beukes Viola
Richard Blayden Violin
Tiberiu Buta Violin
Evgeny Grach Violin
Maxine Kwok Violin
Carmine Lauri Violin, Leader
Gordon McKay Violin
Claire Parfitt Violin
Timothy Ries Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Stephen Roslinson Violin
Tammy Se Violin
Lousie Shackelton Violin
Elisabeth Varlow Viola
Karen Vaughan Harp
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Joe Sample Arranger
Cootie Williams Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Bill McKinley Engineer
John Barry Composer
Gary Anderson Arranger, Orchestration
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Chaka Khan Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Gene DePaul Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Rebecca Gilliver Principal
Kevin Kuhn Contributor
Mark London Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Eve Nelson Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Anthony Newley Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Paul Silverthorne Principal
Andy Snitzer Digital Editing
Mike Stoller Composer
Nigel Thomas Principal
Cynthia Daniels Engineer
Moray Welsh Principal
Donald Black Composer
Shari Feder Orchestration
Tammy Coleman-McCrary Executive Producer
Ted Koehler Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Ira Schickman Composer, Producer
Giulio Costanzo Art Direction
Ray Cervenka Producer, Digital Editing
Gillianne Haddow Principal
David P. Jackson Principal
Isaiah Abolin Digital Editing
Arnold Mischkulnig Pro-Tools
Evgeny Grach Principal
Tracy Revis Contributor
Stu Ric Executive Producer
Karen Vaughan Principal
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    Chaka Khan is one of the greatest vocalists of all time. But with the exception of her 1992 disk The Woman I Am, her solo albums have been extremely uneven. Thus, CLASSIKHAN - her new album of standards and pop culture favorites - must rank as one of the year's most pleasant surprises. An undeniable winner from start to finish. The London Symphony Orchestra suceeds with Khan where so many others have struggled since her days with Rufus by providing tasteful accompaniment that never detracts from Khan's sublime, out-front vocals. While the instrumental arrangements tend to vary little from the best known renditions of these classics, the tracks come off sounding fresh thanks to Khan's vocal stylings. The eclectic, thirteen track lineup - all selected by Khan - is dominated by jazz standards (Hazel's Hips, The Best Is Yet To Come, I'm In The Mood For Love, Stormy Weather, Round Midnight, and Teach Me Tonight). It also includes a broadway show tune (Hey Big Spender from Sweet Charity), '60s country (Patsy Cline's Crazy) and pop (Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is) classics, and the themes of film favorites from Khan's youth (To Sir With Love, Goldfinger, and Diamonds Are Forever). The collection then concludes with an original Khan composition "I Believe" - an exquisite ballad that returns Khan to the present. Though I love all of the tracks on this collection, my personal favorite is easily Khan's take on Is That All There Is. While Peggy Lee's version is somber and resigned, in Khan hands it becomes sassy and defiant. A strong reminder of what a unique talent she is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    I have listened to Chaka ever since she was with Rufus and have loved everything she has ever put out. I have her Echoes of an Era "album" and am so glad to hear that it is now avaiabile on CD. For those of the few people still out there in this world who have not heard of or listened to a Chaka CD let me just tell you that you are missing out on one of the greatest vocalist since Ella and Sarah. This new CD showcases her voice to the ninth degree. Man I was just blowen away when I friest heard that she had a new CD out. My best friend who is at least two hours away from me called me and said guess what Chaka has a new CD and man it is bad. After I stopped jumping up and down for joy I quickly went out and bought this masterpiece. The woman blows you away with her vocal stylization of such songs as "Crazy" "The Best Is Yet To Come" and her one original piece "I Believe" this woman proofs once again why every other young female and male artist out there "tries" their best to imitate her and make her style their own. Stand back ya and let the one and orginial do it her way. This has Grammy written all over it. And if you don't believe take your a** out there and listen to this great woman do some great music. She proves like all the other Divas out there that it ain't over tell she says it's over. Add this CD to your collection and you will need no other, sultry, stylish and soulfully hot. This woman named Chaka does it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    My God! Ms. Chaka Khan has surely out-done herself! This album is the best i've listen to in a long time, Renduring me utterly speechless to write a deserving review! My advice to anyone who has never bought an Album by Chaka Khan and cannot decide which one to get, 'Classikhan' would be the one to buy! Money WELL spent to say the least!! ".... hey big spender!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Kahn !

    Chaka Khan is an amazing singer! The new CD is an exceptional and outstanding compilation of musical classics re-invented by Chaka. Long live awesome Kahn! For most of her career, Chaka has been known as the 'wild child of fire'. Having listened to this latest cd of love, she now controls all the elements - fire, water and wind. Its an amazing piece of work! She's the undisputable princess of soul in my opinion. She's an artist who continually reinvests her talents musically to another level. Her music is forever emotional and stirring to the mind, body and soul. In fact, her voice reminds me of vocal adaptations from her 1984 'I Feel For You' album. The current CD 'Classikahn' has located and infected another audience of friends. Yes, Chaka will be adding more friends to her lengthy fan list. She's definitely capable of being the poison and the anecdote. Why? She's every woman! There has been so much diversity within the music in songs such as 'pack'd my bags', 'to the current', and 'I believe'. I've listened religiously to the CD 'classikahn' and it screams - 'I want my Grammy'! I wish Sarah, Ella, and Nina could be with us on this side of space.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    All right people - get ready! The secret is out! Brilliant is not the word for this CD. Sheer and utter brilliance is more like it! Chaka Khan and The London Symphony Orchestra are pure magic! From the opening track, "Hey Big Spender", to the final track - "I Believe", a new song with a "Love Me Still" feeling that flows right along with this set, CK delivers this selection of classics with the fire and spunk as only SHE can. Chaka hits those high notes we all crave on "Big Spender", "Stormy Weather" (I suggest you are in a seated position for this one. Lena Horne will be proud!),"Teach Me Tonight" and "To Sir With Love"...AHHHH the intro is heavenly. The Khan Artist literally WAKES UP sleepy ballads like Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy" (no offense to these other legendary ladies). The 11th and 12th tracks are back-to-back Shirley Bassey classics "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger" which are obviously tributes to the legendary singer, and again done in a style that is pure Chaka. classikhan's production is amazing and unrivaled, replete with a live and nostalgic vibe, reminiscent of the lush stylings of the Nelson Riddle and Henry Mancini Orchestras. We Chakaholics have been a patient bunch and will not be disappointed. So, on this coming Tuesday, October 5, 2004, buy this CD and plan on turning down the lights, pouring yourself a glass of wine, lighting some candles and let classikhan take you away! I smell another Grammy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    I have been waiting a long time for this to happen. I have been a big fan of CKs from the start. Her voice then and now has always moved me. When I first heard her sing I knew that she had something special. Back in the 90s she sang Afie on a talk show that Dionne Warwick was on and she blew me away. I was hoping that Afie was on this disk. Anyway this CD is a fine testament to the vocal talents of Chaka Khan. From beginning to end I love ClassiKhan. To Sir With Love and the 2 007 tracks are the best. I believe that 'I Believe' has Grammy written all over it. So if you are a fan of hers this is a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classikhan

    All right people - get ready! The secret is out! Brilliant is not the word for this CD. Sheer and utter brilliance is more like it! Chaka Khan and The London Symphony Orchestra are pure magic! From the opening track, "Hey Big Spender", to the final track - "I Believe", a new song with a "Love Me Still" feeling that flows right along with this set, CK delivers this selection of classics with the fire and spunk as only SHE can. Chaka hits those high notes we all crave on "Big Spender", "Stormy Weather" (I suggest you are in a seated position for this one. Lena Horne will be proud!),"Teach Me Tonight" and "To Sir With Love"...AHHHH the intro is heavenly. The Khan Artist literally WAKES UP sleepy ballads like Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy" (no offense to these other legendary ladies). The 11th and 12th tracks are back-to-back Shirley Bassey classics "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger" which are obviously tributes to the legendary singer, and again done in a style that is pure Chaka. classikhan's production is amazing and unrivaled, replete with a live and nostalgic vibe, reminiscent of the lush stylings of the Nelson Riddle and Henry Mancini Orchestras. Chakaholics, you have been a patient bunch and you will not be disappointed. So, on this coming Tuesday, October 5, 2004, buy this CD and plan on turning down the lights, pouring yourself a glass of wine, lighting some candles and let classikhan take you away! I smell another Grammy!

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