One Classic Night: Chaka Khan Greatest Hits Live (2008)
June 12, 2008
Well, we all make mistakes and I made one yesterday when I made this purchase. I was looking for a particular Gladys Knight CD but saw this one in the “K” section and grabbed it. Since I have all of the Rufus, Chaka and Rufus and the early Chaka solo projects on vinyl, I though it would be nice to finally have some of those songs in a digital format to burn for my MP3 player. WRONG!
I am very disappointed in this product and almost decided not to do my weekly post here. But then I thought that I should say what I feel and not only post positive opinions.
Every song on the track list is a classic and I have heard Chaka sing the you-know-what out of them all both on vinyl and live in the past. But this particular set is a bit below average IMHO since it seems that Ms. Kahn was having some throat issues that night. I always post a few songs from the product, but I am struggling to find the best to do so. I think the best thing for me to do is just to close by saying please don’t waste your money on this. I know that there are many other alternatives and when I find one I will share it with you.
This product is put out by Goldenlane Records – which I have never heard of before. After finding their spot on the Internet it seems they are one of many divisions of Cleopatra Records, which I have never heard of either.
I also see on the ‘net that a DVD of this same 2007 concert performance exisits. I would love to hear from anyone who has seen it.
Well I am inserting this paragraph a few hours after preparing this post. Upon further research I found the following statement on “Chaka Kahn Message Board” at the Official Chaka Kahn Site.:
Official Statement Regarding the Unathorized Release of “Greatest Hits Live” DVD/CD
Issuing Entity: Chaka Khan Enterprises
February 27, 2008 (Los Angeles, CA) – The current “Greatest Hits Live” DVD and audio CD currently being distributed and sold by Cleopatra on sites such as Amazon.com has not been authorized for release by Chaka Khan nor her management. This performance is by no means representative of Chaka Khan’s stage presence and should not have been released.
We are currently seeking legal action against the illegal use and sale of these products and ask that consumers not purchase them due to the copyright infringement laws that are being violated.
We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Last edited by admin on Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:43 pm
Guess my “gut” was right on this after all. It is just unfortunate that I did not know before I made the purchase. I wonder if I can return it to the store? Anyone know if CDs are returnable? I have never returned one before.
Ok back to the post as originally written 😉
This is the track list — and after a little more thought I have decided not to post any of the performances from the CD here, out of respect for the talented and beautiful Ms. Chaka Kahn. I have instead posted some of the great live performances from her recent past.
01. I Feel For You
02. Ain’t Nobody
03. Everlasting Love. This is live in 2007, but not the same version that is on the CD. A tImeless ballad written by K.Murphy, D. Wolinky and D. Belfield. This track is from the 1977 “Ask Rufus” LP by Rufus & Chaka Kahn.
04. Hollywood (love this song)
05. Pack My Bags
06. My Funny Valentine
07. Through The Fire
08. Once You Get Started
09. Stay – Here’s a great live version of the song from the 1978 Rufus & Chaka Kahn LP “Street Player”. This song, written by R. Calhoun and Y. Stevens (Chaka), is such a beautiful song. I am surprised it hasn’t been covered more since the initial release.
10. You Got The Love
11. Tell Me Something Good
12. Sweet Thing – Written by Rufus’ Tony Maiden and Chaka, this song will forever be a signature song for Ms. Kahn. It made its appearance on the 1975 classic LP “Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn”
13. I’m Every Woman
I am glad you stopped in to see me. Hope to see you again real soon.