Rufus

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1973, Rufus had yet to start going by the name Rufus & Chaka Khan. The band was still obscure, and the single that made Khan a superstar 1974's "Tell Me Something Good" was still a year away. Khan was handling most of the lead vocals, although keyboardist Ron Stockert was still doing a fair amount of lead singing. It was in 1973 that ABC released Rufus' self-titled debut album, which wasn't the big seller that 1974's Rags to Rufus, 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and 1977's Ask Rufus would be. From a commercial standpoint, the problem with this LP was its lack of a really strong single -- there wasn't a "Once You Get Started," a "Sweet Thing," or a "Tell Me ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1973, Rufus had yet to start going by the name Rufus & Chaka Khan. The band was still obscure, and the single that made Khan a superstar 1974's "Tell Me Something Good" was still a year away. Khan was handling most of the lead vocals, although keyboardist Ron Stockert was still doing a fair amount of lead singing. It was in 1973 that ABC released Rufus' self-titled debut album, which wasn't the big seller that 1974's Rags to Rufus, 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and 1977's Ask Rufus would be. From a commercial standpoint, the problem with this LP was its lack of a really strong single -- there wasn't a "Once You Get Started," a "Sweet Thing," or a "Tell Me Something Good" to drive radio programmers wild. But from a creative standpoint, this is a decent and promising, if imperfect, debut. In 1973, Rufus' original pre-Tony Maiden, pre-Bobby Watson lineup favored an earthy soul
ock blend along the lines of Ike & Tina Turner; in fact, Khan's passionate vocals on "Feel Good," Stevie Wonder's "Maybe Your Baby," and Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With" point to the fact that Tina Turner was among her early influences. Not that Khan is actually emulating Turner, Aretha Franklin, or anyone else; in 1973, Khan was quite distinctive herself. As time passed, Rufus & Chaka Khan became sleeker and less rock-minded -- if your introduction to them was "Once You Get Started" or "Sweet Thing," you might be surprised to hear how rock-minded this LP is. Rufus falls short of essential and isn't recommended to those with only a casual interest in Khan's years with the band, but it's an enjoyable debut that certainly isn't without historic value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1995
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076742015145
  • Catalog Number: 20151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slip N' Slide - Rufus & Chaka Khan (3:47)
  2. 2 Keep It Comin' - Rufus & Chaka Khan (3:12)
  3. 3 There's No Tellin - Rufus & Chaka Khan (5:51)
  4. 4 Maybe Your Baby - Rufus & Chaka Khan (4:14)
  5. 5 I Finally Found You - Rufus & Chaka Khan (3:57)
  6. 6 Feel Good - Rufus & Chaka Khan (4:09)
  7. 7 Satisfied - Rufus & Chaka Khan (3:27)
  8. 8 Haulin' Coal - Rufus & Chaka Khan (5:00)
  9. 9 Whoever's Thrilling You (Is Killing Me) - Rufus & Chaka Khan (2:42)
  10. 10 Love the One You're With/Sit Yourself Down - Rufus & Chaka Khan (6:21)
  11. 11 Sit Yourself Down
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rufus Primary Artist, Track Performer
Dennis Belfield Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Chaka Khan Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Ciner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
André Fischer Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Kevin Murphy Organ, Bass, Clarinet, Electric Bass, Bass (Vocal), Background Vocals, Clavinet
Ron Stockert Keyboards, Mellophonium, Vocals, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Eric Fisher Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rufus Arranger
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Al Ciner Contributor
Bob Monaco Producer
Don Sciarrotta Engineer, Remixing
Bill Imhoff Illustrations
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