Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan*Rufusized

Label:ABC Records – ABCD-837
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Funk / Soul


A1Once You Get Started
Written-ByG. Christopher*, T. Maiden*
A2Somebody's Watching You
Written-ByB. Watson*, C. Khan*, T. Maiden*
A3Pack'd My Bags
Written-ByC. Khan*, T. Maiden*
A4Your Smile
Written-ByLomi Washburn*
A5Rufusized (Instrumental)3:16
B1I'm A Woman (I'm A Backbone)
Written-ByLomi Washburn*
B2Right Is Right
Written-ByC. Khan*, K. Murphy*, T. Maiden*
B3Half Moon
Written-ByJay Hall*
B4Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)
Written-ByBrenda Gordon*, Brian Russell
B5Stop On By
Written-ByBobby Womack, Truman Thomas

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Recorded & Remixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mastered at ABC Recording Studios, Los Angeles, Calif.

Label Variation: Producer credit and ℗ info below track lists are not in bold text. Artist on labels is listed as "Rufus" with no mention of Chaka Khan.

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Rufusized has very similar labels, but with corrected track credit on A1 (T. Maiden/G. Christopher), whereas this version lists only G. Christopher.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Etched): ABCD-837-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Etched): ABCD-837-B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Rufusized (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)ABC Records, ABC RecordsABCL 5063, ABCD 837UK1974
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Rufusized (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold, Santa Maria press)ABC RecordsABCD-837US1974
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Rufusized (LP, Album, Gatefold)ABC RecordsYQ-8006-ABJapan1974
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Rufusized (LP, Album, Gatefold, Terre Haute Pressing)ABC RecordsABCD-837US1974
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Rufusized (LP, Album, Gatefold)ProbeSPBAA-3088Australia1974


  • isaacmusicman's avatar
    Edited 3 days ago
    Album Revolution #2: Even though "Rufus" (now featuing "Chaka Khan") captured the hearts of the people around the world with their second album ""Rags To Rufus", the group went through some changes...Members "Ron Stockert", "Al Ciner", and "Dennis Belfield" left the group, perhaps because of either the groups name change, or the new direction into "Sophisticated-Funk" (I can't prove it, but it kind of makes sense)....With that, the group (with "Andre Fischer", "Kevin Murphy" and "Chaka Khan") recruited Bassist "Bobby Watson" and Guitarist "Tony Maden"....Done with that, the group dusted themselves off, went back in the studio and recorded and released their third album in "Rufusized"....There was another guy on the album cover, but he was never mentioned...I guess he didn't last long (who knows!!!!)....Now, when I was a kid (3 years old), I thought "Once You Get Started" was the only song on here..... But then I grew up, and the older I got, the better the album got!!!! "Tony Maden" and "Bobby Watson" paid immediate dividens for the group, not only in performance, but in songwriting as well!!!! So, with "Once You Get Started" (The 1st Ultimate Crown Jewel written by "Tony" and "Gavin Christopher"), it was a dance Floor dream!!!! Everybody "Got Down" to this Groove, with "Chaka" and "Tony" trading Vocals on this Horn drivin' joint!!! There was one real weird thing that happended though....On the 45 version of "Once You Get Started", only "Chaka's" Lead Vocal is present...I think that "ABC Records" had something to do with that!!! Good thing is that it didn't sour "Tony"!!!! He took it like a Champ!!!, and moved on (he was obviously smart and saw the bigger picture!!!!)....The second song, and 2nd Ultimate Crown Jewel, "Somebody's Watching You" (written by "Tony", Chaka" and "Bobby Watson"), is a Super Funky dream, with roots from their "Rock Folk" sound"...See, I believe if "Ron Stockert", "Al Ciner", and "Dennis Belfield" would have stayed, they probably would have benefited from this...I'm sorry Guys, I just felt like those Guys were very good Musicians....Anyway, the next Crown Jewel, "Pack'd My Bags" (written by "Tony" & "Chaka") was another perfect song for "Chaka" to flex her Vocals to...I honestly believe that beginning Piano vibe by "Mr. Kevin Murphy", set this joint up perfectly, showing the continuity of the group....I have no idea who "Lalomie Washburn" is or was (I will find out though), all I know is that, she wrote a heck of a song in "Your Smile"...The Music behind this one was so subtle, but smooth at the same time...It had "Tony's" swooming Guitar, behind "Kevin's" Keyboards, and beautiful Strings, conducted by the one and only "Clare Fischer" (and it was the 4th Ultimate Crown Jewel)....The 5th Ultimate Crown Jewel Instrumental "Title Track" , was just a cool Jam Session.... I'm so glad that the group got to express their musical prowless here, continuing their pattern of continuity of the group...With a voice like "Chaka Khan", it was cool that she was able to step aside and let the fellows Get Down (even though I found out by accident that she is a heck of a Drummer!!!!)!!!!! The track also had some Monster Horns", provided by "Seawind" (I believe)....Now I will say that "I'm A Woman (I'm A Backbone)", "Right Is Right" and "Half Moon" are not in the same class as the other songs mentioned (even though "Woman" had a powerful statement), but they don't diminish the album either...The next Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Crown Jewel, "Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)" (written by "Brenda Gordon and "Brian Russell") is another fantastic Piano and Horn drivin' joint, with fantastic layered Vocals by "Chaka"...This joint became a "Rufus Favorite"!!!!! The last song, and last Untimate Crown Jewel, "Stop On By (You're Welcome)" (written by "Bobby Womack" and "Truman Thomas"), is another "Rufus Continuity" joint...It has just about every element from the group, including the trade off Vocals of "Chaka" and "Tony"...The way they sound together, once again shows the continuity of the group (as you can see that was the theme for them)....I even love after the song fades initially, it comes back with just the group just going off, before the actual fade of the album....This album was a real winner, and after its success, everyone took notice on how good the group was together.. Now, "Rufusized" started something here...From here on out, the group really had to come with it, because, it was now what the public expected....It would get better with ups and downs, but nobody (and I mean nobody) could deny "Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan"!!!!!!!!
    • funkynial's avatar
      It's time for an audiophile pressing of this one! Mofi, Acoustic Sounds, Impex or Speakers Corner. Please!!
      • rhenneberger's avatar
        this album gets no love? why? i will never understand ,but for chaka fans or even r and b fans this is a must have!!!!!!



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