Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project

Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project

by Chaka Khan


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Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project

Bouncing between tracks that take great liberties and ones that simply update and stretch the originals, Life Is a Dance (The Remix Project) is a respectful and joyous celebration of Chaka Khan's solo output. The big hits are treated well, with Paul Simpson's softening of the rough edges in "I Feel for You" making it more of a rolling groove, while Marley Marl presents a minimal house take on "This Is My Night." Richard Tee's glistening piano is pumped way up on Dancin' Danny D's mix of "I'm Every Woman," and the lone Rufus track, "Ain't Nobody," gets a slight update by Frankie Knuckles. The album's highlight, "I Know You, I Live You," is extended to nearly eight minutes by Tony Humphries, giving the shimmering disco groove plenty of deserved room. The sleepers are where Life Is a Dance really shines. Hank Shocklee takes the slinky duet with Rick James on "Slow Dancin'" and adds that clunky drum sound that made him famous, while "Clouds" presents one of the final true house mixes from Clivillés & Cole before going pop and pedestrian with C+C Music Factory. Perhaps a sign of the times, none of the remixers get credited on the outside of the disc and a glossary of terms such as "house" and "def" is included. A few of the tracks sounded dated a couple years after the album's release, but overall the collection shows more restraint and good taste than expected.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/1989
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992594622
catalogNumber: 25946
Rank: 101252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chaka Khan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Carlos Franzetti   Percussion
Terry Burrus   Percussion
David Morales   Percussion
Marius de Vries   Percussion
Marley Marl   Percussion
Andy Marvel   Percussion
Daniel Miller   Percussion
Andre Booth   Percussion
Winston Jones   Percussion
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Percussion
Boyd Jarvis   Percussion

Technical Credits

Frankie Knuckles   Producer,Remixing
David Morales   Producer,Remixing
Jeremy Allom   Remixing
Bob Blank   Remixing
Robert Clivillés   Producer,Remixing
David Cole   Producer,Remixing
Dancin' Danny D   Producer,Remixing
Dave Darlington   Remixing
Rod Hui   Remixing
Jim Lyon   Remixing
Arif Mardin   Producer,Executive Producer
Marley Marl   Producer,Remixing
Bruce Miller   Remixing
Daniel Miller   Remixing
John Poppo   Engineer
David Shaw   Producer,Remixing
Hank Shocklee   Producer,Remixing
Paul Simpson   Producer,Remixing
Tony Smalios   Remixing
David Sussman   Remixing
Russ Titelman   Producer
Eric Sadler   Producer,Remixing
Tony Humphries   Producer,Remixing
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Winston Jones   Producer,Remixing
Carol Cooper   Liner Notes
Tom Verrilo   Remixing
Ty Wilson   Artwork

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