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Chaka Khan I Feel For You (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 6th, 2016


A. Front


“I Feel for You” is a song written by Prince that originally appeared on his 1979 self-titled album, one of two songs on that album (along with “I Wanna Be Your Lover”) written as demos for Patrice Rushen, though neither appeared on any Rushen album. The most successful and well known version was recorded by female R&B singer Chaka Khan, appearing on her 1984 album, I Feel for You. Prince, as songwriter, won the 1985 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Khan’s version featured an all-star supporting cast, with rapping from Melle Mel Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, guitar, drum programming, bass guitar, keyboards and arrangement by Reggie Griffin, bass synthesizer and programming by The System’s David Frank and chromatic harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The song also uses vocal samples from Wonder’s “Fingertips”. The repetition of Khan’s name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin ), who then decided to keep it.

This version of the song became a million-selling smash in the U.S. and UK, and it helped to relaunch Khan’s career. The song hit No. 1 on the Cash Box singles chart and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November-December 1984. The song remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks and became one of Billboard’s five biggest pop songs of the year for 1985. The single reached No. 1 on both the U.S. dance and R&B charts in late 1984, remaining atop both for three weeks each. In addition, the song also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. While touring with Prince in 1998 in support of her collaborative album, Come 2 My House, Khan and Prince performed “I Feel for You” as a duet.

The Pointer Sisters recorded the song in 1982, two years before Khan’s version was a hit, on their album So Excited!.

Rebbie Jackson recorded it for her 1984 debut album Centipede.

I Feel For You (Remix) 7:12
Arranged By – Arif Mardin, Reggie Griffin
Edited By [Special Edits] – Arif Mardin
Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Michael O’Reilly
Written-By – Prince

I Feel For You (Edit) 4:03
Arranged By – Arif Mardin, Reggie Griffin
Edited By [Special Edits] – Arif Mardin
Engineer [Assistant Engineer] – Michael O’Reilly
Written-By – Prince

Chinatown 4:34
Arranged By – Philippe Saisse
Lyrics By – Chaka Khan, Rhoda Roberts
Music By – Philippe Saisse

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 I Feel For You U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1984 For Youe Jean U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #1
1984 I Feel For You U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1


Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– W 9209 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Funk / Soul

Producer – Arif Mardin
Recorded By, Mixed By – Lew Hahn

Produced for Deniz Productions.
From the forthcoming Warner Bros. album “I Feel For You”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Chaka Khan I Feel For You (UK 12″)”

  1. Cdman Says:

    Excelent choice!! Love this song Paul, hope the prince’s series still keep going on!!
    All the best


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Cdman I still have a few more for next week then it will end.


  2. AnthonyC Says:

    Absolute CLASSIC!

    There are very few songs that are true classics, yet this song certainly shows what a true classic is.

    Oddly, people do forget this is a Prince cover version, but awesome it is. Also check out Cyndi Lauper’s When You Were Mine – another excellent Prince cover version from roughly the similar era.

    Thank you!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome anthonyC. I love that Cyndi song it was only released as a single Japan I believe 🙂


  3. Jay65 Says:

    Great choice Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jay65 🙂


  4. Pepé Says:

    The Pointer Sisters also covered this on their 1982 album ‘So Excited’ Glad Chaka got a hold of it, her version is just epic!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are right Pepé they did cover it 🙂


  5. musicdivaSF Says:

    I’m sure many on here will admit that they use to dance to this when the video would come on MTV, I sure did. I really loved, loved this Prince track and Chaka Khan gave it a new funky life. Thank you for sharing this with us Dj PaulT!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will admit it I did 🙂


  6. giorgio-greece Says:

    i feel for you!!!think i love u dj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    a million thanx!!!!!!


  7. DarrenWasHere Says:

    Excellent choice! I Always felt like this longer version was a great example of how an extended mix should work. Takes the best parts of the single and builds on them, gives you new sections that sound like they belong, and makes you miss them when you hear the original. (Duran Duran’s The Relfex extended ver. does this well too).


  8. Sasa Says:

    Thank you for Chaka Khan, but I have a request, please re-upload maxi single Boney M. – Happy Song, thank you.


  9. Joey Says:

    This is a true classic. A great remix. Great song.


  10. Jeff Says:

    I was so giddy when I saw that you posted this 12-inch Paul!! I had forgotten that Prince composed this song! You’re great for posting such things because it makes us look into the originals because of you. This track amazed me when it first came out because I could see how studio trickery and techniques were crossing over into the pop scene. That’s why I love dance music so much. So many trends originate in the clubs and the records that come from that culture.

    I remember reading how Ms. Kahn was a bit embarrassed by the rap when she first heard it. I guess, especially at the time, it was a bit risqué (in a way). I loved this mix so much. Those booming drums and the edits and craziness to it all. Ah, great times and the song still sounds fresh after all these years. The album that gave us this song also gave us one of the greatest John Robie productions, in my humble opinion. “My Love Is Alive” was a fantastic remake of the old 70’s rock song. Mr. Robie mixed himself into a frenzy with that one!

    Thanks Paul for this continued look into records that hark back to Prince. They are purple gold!!




  11. Joe H. Says:

    Hi! I haven’t been on site in ages. Thanks Paul for what you do!

    I hate to repeat this probably often asked question but on a mac using UnRar all i get are crc failures. I just can’t figure it out!


  12. Alberto Says:

    Thanks so much for uploading this great track. So many lovely memories tied to this song: balmy summer nights full of stars, my brother doing breakdance with his friends…

    Absolutely love this song.


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