Ask Rufus is the platinum-selling fifth studio album by funk band Rufus (and their third album featuring singer Chaka Khan), released on the ABC Records label in 1977. The album spent three weeks atop the Billboard R&B Albums Chart in 1977. By 1977, Rufus and Chaka Khan, now a fragile yet still tight unit, were starting to drift in different directions. Recording sessions for this album were troublesome due to tensions between Khan and drummer Andre Fischer.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (album). Rufus featuring Chaka Khan is the gold-selling fourth studio album by funk band Rufus (and their second album with singer Chaka Khan), released on the ABC Records label in 1975. It remained atop the R&B album chart for six consecutive weeks. By 1975, Rufus and lead front woman Chaka Khan had become one of the most popular bands in popular music
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Rufus And Chaka Khan, aside from CK’s amazing and influencial singing have always been just mildly underrated as musicians. In the years after the debut, especially with the style of the previous Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan their style had been growing from that of a conventional 70’s funk band to what they became with this album. By far this would have to be described as Rufus’s artistic pinnacle and is today justly revered. With a couple minor exceptions this album showcases Rufus sticking with a midtempo jazzy soul/funk sound and a great deal of sudlty. Not only is it solid proof that funk doesn’t have to be a non-stop rhythm barrage to groove like mad but it features songs that all sound like mini classics. At Midnight is the main uptempo song here.
This 1977 effort is the follow-up to 1975's Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan. Ask Rufus has the group doing more sophisticated and constantly challenging work with an accent on evocative ballads. The effort's lone dance track "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) has the band going for more subtlety. The jazzy "Close the Door" has a confident and gentle vocal from Khan and a beautiful string arrangement from Clare Fischer who offered them throughout this effort.
More albums from Rufus & Chaka Khan: Camouflage by Rufus & Chaka Khan. Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan by Rufus & Chaka Khan. Masterjam by Rufus & Chaka Khan. Live – Stompin’ At The Savoy by Rufus & Chaka Khan. Street Player by Rufus & Chaka Khan. View all albums . Ask Rufus. By: Rufus & Chaka Khan (1977, Funk, Soul). 1. At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up).
|1||At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||4:20|
|2||Close the Door||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||3:25|
|3||Medley: Slow Screw Against the Wall/A Flat Fry||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||2:16|
|4||Earth Song||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||5:23|
|5||Everlasting Love||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||4:47|
|6||Hollywood||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||4:09|
|7||Magic in Your Eyes||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||3:51|
|8||Better Days||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||4:16|
|9||Egyptian Song||Rufus & Chaka Khan / Rufus feat: Chaka Khan||5:09|
CreditsRod Dyer - Design
Clare Fischer - String Arrangements, String Conductor
Charles Garnett - Horn Arrangements
Milt Holland - Percussion
Chaka Khan - Featured Artist, Primary Artist
Bret Lopez - Photography
Tony Maiden - Horn Arrangements
Frank Mulvey - Art Direction
Rufus - Primary Artist, Producer
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Primary Artist
Michael Schuman - Assistant Engineer
Gary Starr - Engineer
Ron Wood - Guitar