Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1

Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1

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by Chaka Khan
     
 

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Epiphany collects Khan's greatest hits, collecting the cream from her uneven albums. Although it lacks her '70s hits with Rufus (save for a live version of "Tell Me Something Good,"), there is plenty of strong stuff here, and most of it has aged well. "Ain't Nobody," still sounds fresh and Khan's "I'm Every Woman" dwarfs Whitney

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Epiphany collects Khan's greatest hits, collecting the cream from her uneven albums. Although it lacks her '70s hits with Rufus (save for a live version of "Tell Me Something Good,"), there is plenty of strong stuff here, and most of it has aged well. "Ain't Nobody," still sounds fresh and Khan's "I'm Every Woman" dwarfs Whitney Houston's better known remake. She also handles the jazzier "End of a Love Affair" and "And the Melody Still Lingers On (Night in Tunisia) capably. Khan also works nicely with Me'Shell Ndegeocello on "Never Miss Your Water, a strong new tune that brought her back to the spotlight.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Chaka Khan's career through the 1996 release of Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 -- involving eight albums with Rufus and eight solo albums, along with assorted collaborations -- produced roughly 40 Top 40 R&B singles, not to mention dozens of undervalued album cuts. So it is clear that any one-disc attempt at wrapping up the highlights is bound to work more like a sampler than a true best-of. And though this release is given the "Vol. 1" tag, it remained without a sequel as late as 2005, when Reprise reissued it without altering the contents. Yet another frustration is that previously unreleased songs take the place of missing classics like "Sweet Thing," "Clouds," "Fate," "Close the Door," and "Stay." (That's just for starters.) Nonetheless, the disc does contain Khan's most popular work, from ballads like "Through the Fire" to anthems like "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nobody," along with other radio staples, such as "I Feel for You" and "Tell Me Something Good." At the absolute least, Khan deserves a solo-only best-of, as well as a disc that sticks strictly to her work with Rufus. (The Very Best of Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, the only anthology dedicated to Rufus, has its own set of issues.)

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/1996
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624586524
catalogNumber:
45865
Rank:
21132

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chaka Khan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Norman Brown   Guitar
Howard McCrary   Background Vocals
John Fumo   Trumpet
Chris Botti   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Luis Conte   Percussion
Lawrence Feldman   Flute
David Gamson   Drums,Keyboards
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Oliver Leiber   Guitar
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass,Vocals
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Roy "Dog" Pennon   Bass
Steve Skinner   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Isaac Vere   Bass
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Derrick Edmondson   Saxophone
Federico Pena   Piano,fender rhodes
Mark Stevens   Background Vocals
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Raymond Chue   fender rhodes
Larry Williams   Flute

Technical Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Arranger
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Tom Keene   Composer
Andre Betts   Producer
Chaka Khan   Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Keith Crouch   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dave Grusin   Arranger
David Gamson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement
Humberto Gatica   Producer
Reggie Griffin   Arranger
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Kipper Jones   Vocal Arrangements
Oliver Leiber   rhythm arrangement
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Steve Skinner   Arranger
Russ Titelman   Producer
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Arranger
Derrick Edmondson   Horn Arrangements
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Lyn Bradley   Art Direction
Matt Knobel   Engineer
Tammy Coleman-McCrary   Executive Producer
Arif Griffin   Arranger

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Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On this album, Chaka Khan proves she can sing anything. She's the only working American diva of any age who can. Her control and support are astonishing and, though she recalls Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, she makes every song her own.