Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project

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Life is a Dance: The Remix Project
Remix album by Chaka Khan
Released June 15, 1989
Recorded 1978-1989
Genre R&B, Funk, Disco, House
Length 75:51 (cassette: 82:03)
Label Warner Bros.
Chaka Khan chronology
CK
(1988)
Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project
(1989)
The Woman I Am
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (C+) [2]

Life is a Dance: The Remix Project is a remix album of recordings by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released by the Warner Bros. Records label in 1989. The compilation takes its title from a track included on Khan's 1978 solo debut album Chaka.

Overview[edit]

The album, which was released as a double-record set, on CD and as a limited cassette edition with one bonus track, comprises remixes made in the styles of late 1980s dance music genres like house music, hip hop and acid house of tracks originally recorded between the years 1978 and 1984, including two from Rufus & Chaka Khan's final album Stompin' at the Savoy - Live: "Ain't Nobody" and "One Million Kisses".

Life is a Dance - The Remix Project resulted in three single releases; "I'm Every Woman" ('89 Remix), "Ain't Nobody" ('89 Remix) and "I Feel For You" ('89 Remix). The 1989 remix of "I'm Every Woman" became a #8 hit on the UK Singles Chart while Paul Simpson's take on "I Feel for You" peaked at #45. The album itself reached #14 on the UK Albums Chart, making it the best-selling Chaka Khan album in the UK since 1984's I Feel for You. All cuts from the album peaked at number one on the American dance play charts for one week. Life is a Dance would mark the final time all cuts from an album would make the top spot on the dance play charts.[3]

The Dancin' Danny D. and Frankie Knuckles remixes of "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nobody" were in fact both originally released on the B-side of the US 12" single "´Soul Talkin'", taken from the 1988 album CK.

The 1989 remixes of "This Is My Night" and "Eye to Eye" also appear on Warner's 2006 greatest hits compilation The Platinum Collection.

Note: the remixes of the tracks "I Feel for You", "This Is My Night" and "Eye to Eye" appearing on this album should not be confused with the original 12" remixes made in 1984 by the original producers Arif Mardin and Russ Titelman, all of which remain unreleased on CD in both the United States and Europe.

Prince's 1979 original track of "I Feel for You" is sampled shortly in Paul Simpson's remix.

Life is a Dance - The Remix Project was transferred from vinyl to CD in 1989 and remains in print.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Life Is a Dance" (David Morales Remix) (Christopher) - 6:38
    • Original version appears on 1978 album Chaka
  2. "I Know You, I Live You" (Tony Humphries Remix) (Khan, Mardin) - 7:46
  3. "This Is My Night" (Marley Marl Remix) (Frank, Murphy) - 5:37
  4. "Eye to Eye" (Paul Simpson Remix) (Freeman, Sembello, Sembello, Sembello) - 8:32
    • Original version appears on 1984 album I Feel for You
  5. "Slow Dancin'" by Chaka Khan and Rick James (Eric Sadler & Hank Shocklee Remix) (Netto) - 5:55
    • Original version appears on 1982 album Chaka Khan
  6. "Fate" (David Shaw & Winston Jones Remix) (Bugatti, Musker) - 5:38
  7. "I'm Every Woman" (Remix Version By Dancin' Danny D) (Ashford, Simpson) - 8:24
    • Original version appears on 1978 album Chaka
  8. "One Million Kisses" (David Shaw & Winston Jones Remix) (Murphy, Osborne) - 5:59
  9. "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (LP Remix Version By Frankie Knuckles) (Wolinski) - 4:42
  10. "Clouds" (C+C Remix) (Ashford, Simpson) - 7:49
    • Original version appears on 1980 album Naughty
  11. "I Feel for You" (Paul Simpson Remix) (Prince) - 8:51
  12. "Clouds" (6:12) (Classic Trax Version) (Ashford, Simpson) - 6:12
    • Bonus track cassette edition

Production[edit]

Preceded by
"Do You Love What You Feel" by Inner City
(all cuts)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single

September 30, 1989
Succeeded by
"Miss You Much" by Janet Jackson

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r10815/review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project review". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 144. 

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