Chaka Khan – C.K. (1988/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Chaka Khan – C.K. (1988/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time ~ 44:35 minutes | 535 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco
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Recorded: January-1988-September 1988

CK is the seventh studio album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on the Warner Bros. Records label in 1988.
CK was Khan’s first album not to be recorded with Arif Mardin, instead it had with the exception of two tracks Russ Titelman at the helm as producer, with whom she had collaborated on hits like “Ain’t Nobody” (1983), “Eye to Eye” from 1984’s platinum-selling I Feel for You as well as “Tight Fit” from her previous album Destiny. Musically CK combined a variety of genres such as soul, R&B, funk, pop as well as two jazz titles and altogether the set was more laid-back, less hip-hop influenced and production-wise not as complex and synth-driven as I Feel for You and Destiny.
Three singles were released from C.K.: Womack & Womack’s Latino-flavoured “It’s My Party” which reached #5 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, “Soul Talkin’” and “Baby Me” which became another Top 10 hit on the R&B chart, peaking at #8. The CK album itself also charted higher than the preceding Destiny, reaching #17 on the R&B Albums chart.
CK opens with Khan’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1970 hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”, again featuring the composer himself on harmonica, just like on “I Feel for You”.
One of the two tracks not to be produced by Russ Titelman was the funky and improvisational “Sticky Wicked”, Khan’s first proper collaboration with Prince after having covered his “I Feel for You” in 1984 and turning it into a million-selling hit single. CK also includes a second Prince composition, “Eternity” (produced by David Frank and Khan herself), and some ten years later Khan and Prince were to team up for a full-length album together, Come 2 My House.
“CK” features one track written and co-produced by Chris Jasper, former member of the Isley Brothers, who was also responsible for writing and producing much of the Isley material from 1973 through 1984 before the Isley Brothers breakup. Jasper can also be heard singing background with Chaka on “Make It Last”.
CK features two recordings of jazz classics that since have become mainstays in Khan’s live repertoire, “The End of a Love Affair”, a tribute to Billie Holiday who first recorded the song on her 1958 album Lady in Satin, and Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around”, the latter with a guest appearance by another legend in the jazz genre, Miles Davis, who in fact also features on the Prince track “Sticky Wicked”.

A first-class release, despite the fact that it didn’t pack the normal commercial punch. But it had excellent production, many outstanding selections, and uniformly dazzling, booming, triumphant vocals from Khan. She currently speaks with disdain about the record business, and it’s probably due to the relative failure of great records like this to break out and really enjoy the success they merit that’s disillusioned her. -AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn

1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) 04:48
2. Soul Talkin’ 04:19
3. Eternity 04:04
4. Sticky Wicked 06:57
5. The End Of A Love Affair 05:13
6. Baby Me 04:06
7. Make It Last 04:48
8. Where Are You Tonite 04:56
9. I’ll Be Around 05:24

Chaka Khan – vocals
Jimmy Bralower – drums tracks: 1, 3, 7
Rob Mounsey – keyboards tracks: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10
Ron Skies – keyboards, drums tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7
Carol Steele – percussion tracks: 1, 3, 8, 9
Omar Hakim – drums tracks: 1, 2
Paul Pesco – guitar tracks: 1, 7
Stevie Wonder – harmonica track: 1
Eddie Martinez – guitar tracks: 2, 3
Hilary Bercovici – keyboards track: 2
Steve Lindsey – keyboards track: 2
Bobby McFerrin – vocals track: 2
Brenda Russell – vocals track: 2
Cecil Womack – vocals & keyboards track: 4
Eric Leeds – saxophone track: 5
Atlanta Bliss – trumpet track: 5
Miles Davis – trumpet tracks: 5, 10
Marcus Miller – bass guitar tracks: 6, 10
Steve Ferrone – drums tracks: 6, 10
George Benson – guitar track: 6
John Tropea – guitar tracks: 6, 10
Margaret Ross – harp track: 6, 10
David Nadien – orchestra tracks: 6, 10
Dave Grusin – piano tracks: 6, 10
Warren Hill – saxophone tracks: 7, 8
Bernard Wright – keyboards track: 9
Chris Parker – percussion track: 9
Chris Jasper – keyboards, synthesizers, background vocals: 8