℗ 1981 Warner Bros
Released June 9, 2015
Duration 42m 00s
Record Label Rhino/Warner Bros.
Genre R&B

What Cha Gonna Do For Me

Chaka Khan

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We Can Work It Out
Chaka Khan
What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (with Rufus)
Chaka Kahn; Rufus; Arif Mardin; Chaka Khan; Tammy Coleman-Mccrary
I Know You, I Live You
Chaka Khan; Arif Mardin
Any Old Sunday (Remastered)
Chaka Khan; Anthony Jackson; Arif Mardin; David Williams; Hamish Stuart; Larry Williams; Randy Brecker; Steve Ferrone
We Got Each Other
Chaka Khan
And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
Chaka Khan; Arif Mardin; Tammy Coleman-Mccrary
Night Moods
Chaka Khan
Heed the Warning
Chaka Khan
Father He Said
Chaka Khan
Fate (WSM Compliation Edit)
Chaka Khan
I Know You, I Live You (Reprise Version)
Chaka Khan; Arif Mardin
April 2015 was the 34 year anniversary of Chaka Khan releasing the third full-length entry in her solo discography, What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me an effort which featured a title track that took her to the top of the Billboard R&B Singles chart. Given the remarkable returns she’d earned from working with producer Arif Mardin on her first two albums, 1978’s Chaka and 1980’s Naughty, but in what we’re chalking up to the classic “third time’s the charm” effect, What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me turned out to be the strongest and most consistent collaboration between the pair up to that point. As noted, the title track co-written by noted ‘70s tunesmith Ned Doheny and Average White Band member Hamish Stuart proved to be a massive hit for Chaka, but the album actually managed to earn an additional pair of R&B Singles chart successes, although neither her cover of the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” (#34) nor her cover of The McCrarys’ “Any Old Sunday” (#68) came anywhere close to matching “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me.” The album proved to be successful as well, hitting #3 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and giving Chaka what would prove to be her highest charting album until her 1984 mainstream breakthrough, I Feel For You. What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me also turned out to be pretty big on the jazz charts as well, which is none too surprising when you look at the credits and see names like Michael and Randy Brecker, Herbie Hancock, and Dizzy Gillespie. Indeed, that jazz credibility led Chaka’s next album, Echoes of an Era, to do better on the jazz charts than the R&B charts, but when she released her self-titled album just before the end of 1982, she quickly found herself back in the top five of the R&B Albums chart. Some would argue that Chaka Khan went on to do better albums over the course of her career, but looking back, it’s evident that What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me is where things really came together for her, and it still sounds great even now.
192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Rhino/Warner Bros. Studio Masters

Tracks 1-11 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source
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We Can Work It Out
What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (with Rufus)
I Know You, I Live You
Any Old Sunday (Remastered)
We Got Each Other
And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia)
Night Moods
Heed the Warning
Father He Said
Fate (WSM Compliation Edit)
I Know You, I Live You (Reprise Version)

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