Destiny (Chaka Khan album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Destiny
Chaka Khan - Destiny.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1986
Recorded1985–1986
GenreR&B
Length47:05
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer
Chaka Khan chronology
I Feel for You
(1984)
Destiny
(1986)
CK
(1988)
Singles from Destiny
  1. "Love of a Lifetime"
    Released: January 1986
  2. "Tight Fit"
    Released: March 1986
  3. "The Other Side of the World"
    Released: May 1986
  4. "Earth to Mickey"
    Released: August 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Destiny is the sixth studio album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on Warner Bros. Records in 1986.

Destiny was Khan's follow-up to the platinum-selling I Feel for You and was as high tech as its predecessor—symptomatically and characteristically for its period with more producers and sound engineers credited in the liner notes than musicians—but was musically more geared towards rock and pop than soul and R&B, most prominently on tracks such as "So Close", the self-penned title track "My Destiny", "Who's It Gonna Be" and "Watching the World" featuring Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals.

The album spun off five single releases, the first being "Love of a Lifetime", co-written, co-produced and featuring backing vocals by Green Gartside of British band Scritti Politti (US Pop #53, US R&B #21, UK #52). The second single "Tight Fit" was a midtempo R&B ballad, just like "Eye to Eye" from I Feel for You produced by Russ Titelman, which reached #28 on the US R&B chart. The satirical "Earth to Mickey" (When are you going to land?), featuring Khan both singing and rapping (and keyboardist Reggie Griffin rapping in the role of 'Mickey'), was released as the third single in early 1987 and only just made the Top 100 of the R&B chart, peaking at #93. The dramatic ballad "The Other Side of the World", written by Mike Rutherford of Genesis and B. A. Robertson and which had first been released as part of the White Nights soundtrack album in late 1985, reached #81. The fifth single "Watching the World" never charted. The album itself fared slightly better, reaching #25 on Billboard's R&B albums chart, but stalling at #67 on Pop and #77 in the UK. Destiny however gave Khan another Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female. The track "My Destiny" was used as the theme song for Richard Pryor's motion picture Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.

The closing track, the heavily edited one minute thirty-nine seconds "Coltrane Dreams", a tribute to John Coltrane, had a backing track mainly made up of samples of Khan's voice. The actual full-length version of the track (4:54) was only released as the B-side of the 12" single "Love of a Lifetime".

"Love of a Lifetime", "Tight Fit", "Earth to Mickey" and "Watching the World" were all released as 12" singles including extended remixes.

While the success of Khan's own single releases in 1986 was limited to the R&B charts, she appeared as featured vocalist/vocal arranger on two worldwide pop/rock chart hits that same year, Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" and Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love"; on the latter she was only credited for 'vocal arrangement' in the liner notes. The song was originally recorded with Khan sharing lead vocals with Palmer but due to contractual problems between Warner Bros. Records and Island Records her own vocals were removed from the final mix.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love of a Lifetime" (David Gamson, Green Gartside) – 4:21
  2. "Earth to Mickey" (Joshua Fried, Reggie Griffin, Arif Mardin, Charlie Singleton, Jeremy Wolff) – 5:37
  3. "Watching the World" (John Lang, Richard Page, Steve George) – 4:44
  4. "The Other Side of the World" (B. A. Robertson, Mike Rutherford) – 3:41
  5. "My Destiny" (Chaka Khan) – 4:39
  6. "I Can't Be Loved" (Glen Ballard, Randy Goodrum) – 4:30
  7. "It's You" (Portia Griffin, Tony Patler) – 4:19
  8. "So Close" (Richard Feldman, Marcy Levy, Pam Tillis) – 4:19
  9. "Tight Fit" (Bunny Siegler, Marvin Morrow) – 4:39
  10. "Who's It Gonna Be" (Gary Goetzman, Mike Picirillo) – 4:37
  11. "Coltrane Dreams" (Chaka Khan, Julie Mardin, Arif Mardin) – 1:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Chaka Khanlead vocals, backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 7-10), timbales (10), cowbell (10)
  • David Gamsonsynthesizer (1), programming (1), arrangements (1)
  • Michael Colina – additional synthesizer programming (1)
  • Jason Miles – additional synthesizer programming (1)
  • David Lebolt – additional keyboards (1), synthesizer (3, 10), programming (3, 10)
  • Reggie Griffin – keyboards (2, 6, 7), synthesizer (2), guitar (2, 6, 7), Mickey's rap (2), arrangements (2, 6, 7), synthesizer programming (6), sequencing (6), backing vocals (6), programming (7), saxophone (7), synth solo (10)
  • Arif Mardin – special effects editing (2), arrangements (2, 11), horn arrangements (3), string arrangements (6)
  • Joe Mardin – additional synthesizer (3), sequencing (3, 6), arrangements (3, 6, 9, 10) musical conductor (3), keyboards (6, 9), synthesizer programming (6, 9), additional percussion (6), synthesizer (10), programming (10)
  • Robbie Buchanan – synthesizer (4)
  • Philippe Saisse – keyboards (5), programming (5)
  • Glen Ballard – additional sequencing (6), additional arrangements (6)
  • Randy Goodrum – additional sequencing (6), additional arrangements (6)
  • Tony Patler – additional keyboards (7), synth bass (9)
  • Beau Hill – keyboards (8), synth bass (8), arrangements (8)
  • Cengiz Yaltkaya – keyboards (11)
  • John Mahoney – Synclavier programming (11)
  • Ken Cummings – assistant Synclavier programming (11)
  • Nick Moroch – guitar (1, 10)
  • Dann Huff – guitar (3)
  • Randy Fredrix – guitar (5)
  • Paul Pesco – guitar (6, 9)
  • Reb Beach – guitar (8)
  • Marcus Millerbass guitar (1), additional guitar (1)
  • Pino Palladinobass guitar (3)
  • Anthony Jackson – bass guitar (5)
  • Fred Maherdrums (1)
  • Phil Collins – drums (3), backing vocals (3)
  • David Rosenberg – additional drum sounds (3), drum sounds (6), drums (8)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (5, 11)
  • Jimmy Bralower – drum programming (9)
  • Bob Riley – drum programming (10)
  • Thomas Oldakowski – drum programming (11)
  • Robert Gay – alto saxophone (1, 9), alto sax solo (1)
  • Scott Gilman – tenor saxophone (1)
  • Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (3)
  • Sam Rivers – tenor sax solo (11)
  • Matthew Cornish – trumpet (1)
  • Randy Brecker – trumpet (3)
  • John Faddis – trumpet (3)
  • Michael Mossman – trumpet (3)
  • Tom Malonetrombone (3)
  • Gene Orloffconcertmaster (6)
  • Green Gartside – backing vocals (1)
  • Mark Stevens – backing vocals (1, 2, 7, 9, 10), additional backing vocals (3)
  • Sandra St. Victor – backing vocals (2, 6-10)
  • Cindy Mizelle – backing vocals (6)

Production[edit]

Producers
Recording and Mixing
  • Ray Bardani – recording (track 1)
  • Bruce Robbins – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • Ed Garcia – assistant engineer (tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 9 & 10), mix assistant (track 3), additional recording (track 6).
  • Bruce Robbins – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • Iris Cohen – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • Steve Boyer – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • Steven Carthy – assistant engineer (tracks 1, 4-7 & 9)
  • Wayne Warnecke – assistant engineer (track 1)
  • John "Tokes" Potoker – mix and drum recording (track 1), mixing (track 7).
  • Ellen Fitton – assistant engineer (tracks 2 & 9)
  • Michael O'Reilly – recording and mixing (tracks 2, 3 & 10), re-recording and remix (track 4), additional recording (tracks 6 & 11), recording (track 9).
  • Mike Ging – assistant engineer (track 3)
  • Paul Gomersall – assistant engineer (track 3)
  • Simon Sullivan – additional recording (track 3)
  • Hugh Padgham – recording of Phil Collins segment (track 3)
  • Mike Ross – assistant engineer (track 4)
  • Philip Castellano – assistant engineer (track 4)
  • Steve MacMillan – assistant engineer (track 4)
  • Rod Hui – re-recording (track 4), recording and mixing (track 6), additional recording (track 7).
  • Jack Joseph Puig – recording and mixing (track 4)
  • Acar Key – assistant engineer (tracks 5, 7 & 10)
  • Craig Vogel – assistant engineer (tracks 5 & 9)
  • Dave O'Donnell – assistant engineer (track 5)
  • Eric Calvi – mixing (track 5)
  • David Harrington – assistant engineer (track 6)
  • Ellen Fitton – assistant engineer (tracks 6, 9 & 11)
  • Ira MacLaughlin – assistant engineer (tracks 6 & 8)
  • Stephen Benben – assistant engineer (track 6), re-recording (track 8)
  • Rod O'Brian – recording (track 6), additional recording (track 7), assistant engineer (track 9).
  • Reggie Griffin – mixing (track 6)
  • Joe Mardin – mixing (track 6)
  • Bob Rosa – recording (track 7), assistant engineer (track 10).
  • Bobby Warner – additional recording (track 8)
  • Barbara Milne – assistant engineer (track 9)
  • Ernie Wilkins – assistant engineer (track 9)
  • Jeff Lord-Alge – assistant engineer (track 9)
  • Chris Lord-Alge – recording (track 9)
  • Steve Peck – additional recording (track 9), assistant engineer (track 10).
  • Tom Lord-Alge – recording and mixing (track 9)
  • Jimmy Douglass – assistant engineer (track 10), recording and mixing (track 11).
  • Hugo Dwyer – additional recording (track 11)
  • Michael Morongell – additional recording (track 11)
  • Mark Pawlowski – assisting engineer (track 11)
Additional Credits
  • Arif Mardin – executive producer
  • Christy Allerdings – production coordinator (tracks 1-8, 10 & 11)
  • Leyla Turkkan – assistant production coordination (tracks 1-8, 10 & 11)
  • Jill Dell'Abate – production coordinator (track 9)
  • Phillip Namanworth – project supervisor (tracks 1, 2, 3 & 5-11)
  • Jeri McManus – art direction
  • Lynn Robb – design and lettering
  • George Holz – photography
  • Burt Zell Management – direction

Non-album tracks and remixes[edit]

  • "Love of a Lifetime" (extended dance version) – 6:09
  • "Coltrane Dreams" (long version) – 4:54
  • "Tight Fit" (extended version, remixed by Tom Lord-Alge) – 6:18
  • "Earth to Mickey" (extended version) – 6:48
  • "Earth to Mickey" (instrumental version) – 3:17
  • "Earth to Mickey" (a cappella voices) – 0:51
  • "Earth to Mickey" (CK's Duet Space Rap) – 5:22
  • "Watching the World" (extended remix) – 6:11

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r10813/review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Destiny review". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ Interview, thestar.com February 9, 2008

External links[edit]