Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 [2005]

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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," ...
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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.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227646424
  • Catalog Number: 76464
  • Sales rank: 21,422

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chaka Khan Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Howard McCrary Background Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charles Veal Concert Master
Luis Conte Percussion
Lawrence Feldman Flute
David Gamson Keyboards
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Oliver Leiber Guitar
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass, Vocals
Chieli Minucci Guitar
Roy Dog Pennon Bass, Soloist
Steve Skinner Synthesizer, Keyboards
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Derrick Edmondson Saxophone, Soloist, Horn Section
Steve Baxter Trombone, Horn Section
Raymond Chue fender rhodes
Mark Stevens Background Vocals
Larry E. Williams Flute
Federico Gonzalez Peña Piano, fender rhodes
Vere Isaac Bass
Technical Credits
Bruce Hornsby Arranger, Composer
Prince Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Christine McVie Composer
Ned Doheny Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Andre Betts Producer
Chaka Khan Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Keith Crouch Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Dave Grusin Arranger
Jud J. Friedman Composer
David Gamson Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Humberto Gatica Producer
Reggie Griffin Arranger
Steve Hall Mastering
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Kipper Jones Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Oliver Leiber rhythm arrangement
Arif Mardin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Steve Skinner Arranger
Russ Titelman Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Allan Rich Composer
Derrick Edmondson Horn Arrangements
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
Gerry DeVeaux Composer
Lyn Bradley Art Direction
Charlie Pizzarello Cover Photo
Tammy Coleman-McCrary Executive Producer
Tom Keane Composer
Charlie Mole Composer
Gregg Diamond Composer
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