Seal in Red

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Seal in Red
Rufus - Seal in Red.jpg
Studio album by Rufus
Released February 1983
Recorded Ocean Way Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Funk/Soul
Length 38:52
Label Warner Bros.
Producer George Duke
Rufus chronology
The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
(1982)The Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan1982
Seal in Red
Stompin' at the Savoy - Live
(1983)Stompin' at the Savoy - Live1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Seal in Red is the eleventh and final studio album by funk band Rufus, their debut on the Warner Bros. Records label, released in 1983. Seal in Red, which was the band's third album to be recorded without Chaka Khan, peaked at #49 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and included the single "Take It to the Top" (US R&B #47).

Despite featuring guest appearances from a host of other distinguished names in the R&B/Soul/Funk/Jazz genres like keyboardist George Duke, who also produced the album, singers Patti Austin and Ivan Neville, Chicago's trombonist James Pankow, and saxophonist Ernie Watts, Seal in Red was only a moderate commercial success. Following Seal in Red the band reunited with Chaka Khan for one final album together, the double live/studio set Stompin' at the Savoy - Live, before dissolving in late 1983.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Take It to the Top" Tony Maiden, Bobby Watson, David "Hawk" Wolinski 4:15
2. "The Time Is Right" Ivan Neville, George Tillman, Nick Daniels III 4:22
3. "When I Get Over You" Wolinski, Tom Jans 4:28
4. "You Turn Me All Around" Wolinski, David Williams 3:11
5. "You, the Night and the Music" Maxayne Lewis, Wornell Jones 3:53
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Blinded by the Boogie" Wolinski, Peter Rafelson 3:27
7. "I'm Saving This Love Song" Wolinski 4:01
8. "You're Really Out of Line" John Robinson, Wolinski 3:43
9. "Distant Lovers" Maiden, David Batteau, Don Freeman 3:31
10. "No Regrets" Wolinski 4:01



  • George Duke – producer
  • Tommy Vicari – engineer, re-mixing
  • Brent Averill, Nick Spigel, Steve Schmidt, Peter Chaiken – engineer
  • Brian Gardner – mastering



Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Black LPs 49


Year Single Peak position

1983 "Take It to the Top" 47


  1. ^ "Seal in Red review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  2. ^ a b "US Charts > Rufus". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 

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