CHAKA KHAN - Life Is A Dance - The Remix Project + (1989)
Description: MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3.
Bit rate: 320 kbps.
Sample rate: 44100 Hz joint stereo.
Tags: ID3V1 & ID3V2.
Source formats: CD (Note: trks 1-11 AAD, see below).
Number of tracks: 22.
"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."
Note from uploader: when Warner Bros released this album on CD they sadly didn't bother using the master tapes but instead went for a straight vinyl to CD transfer (most noticeably on tracks like "This Is My Night" and "Ain't Nobody"). What's even sadder is that it's still in print with that sound quality - twenty years later... That said, fantastic album, and so are the original versions, included here for your listening pleasure as "bonus tracks" - and we all love those, don't we....?
Life Is A Dance - The Remix Project
01. Life Is A Dance (David Morales Remix)
02. I Know You, I Live You (Tony Humphries Remix)
03. This Is My Night (Marley Marl Remix)
04. Eye To Eye (Paul Simpson Remix)
05. Slow Dancin' (Eric Sadler & Hank Shocklee Remix)
06. Fate (David Shaw & Winston Jones Remix)
07. I'm Every Woman (Dancin' Danny D. Remix)
08. One Million Kisses (David Shaw & Winston Jones Remix)
09. Ain't Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
10. Clouds (Robert Clivilles & David Cole Remix)
11. I Feel For You (Paul Simpson Remix)
12. Life Is A Dance (Original version, 1978)
13. I Know You, I Live You (Original version, 1981)
14. This Is My Night (Original version, 1984)
15. Eye To Eye (Original version, 1984)
16. Slow Dancin' (Original version, Chaka Khan & Rick James, 1982)
17. Fate (Original version, 1981)
18. I'm Every Woman, (Original version, 1978)
19. One Million Kisses (Original version, Rufus & Chaka Khan, 1983)
20. Ain't Nobody (Original version, Rufus & Chaka Khan, 1983)
21. Clouds (Original version, 1980)
22. I Feel For You (Original version, 1984)