1983 Rufus – Seal In Red

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.


1  Take It To The Top (Bobby Watson; David Wolinski; Tony Maiden) 04:17
2  The Time Is Right (Gerald Tillman; Ivan Neville; Nick Daniels) 04:23
3  When I Get Over You (David Wolinski; Tom Jans) 04:29
4  You Turn Me All Around (David Wolinski; David Williams) 03:11
5  You, The Night And The Music (Maxayn Lewis; Wornell Jones) 03:53
6  Blinded By The Boogie (David Wolinski; Peter Rafelson) 03:29
7  I’m Saving This Love Song (David Wolinski) 04:02
8  You’re Really Out Of Line (David Wolinski; JR Robinson) 03:44
9  Distant Lovers (David Batteau; Don Freeman; Tony Maiden) 03:32
10  No Regrets (David Wolinski) 04:07

The Band

BassBobby Watson
BassTony Maiden
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarTony Maiden
KeyboardsDavid Wolinski
KeyboardsJR Robinson
KeyboardsKevin Murphy
VocalsTony Maiden
VocalsDavid Wolinski
VocalsJR Robinson
VocalsKevin Murphy
VocalsIvan Neville

Other Musicians

GuitarMichael Sembello
KeyboardsGeorge Duke
SaxErnie Watts
TromboneCharlie Loper
TromboneJames Pankow
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsLynn Davis
VocalsPatti Austin

Liner Notes

Producer – George Duke
Engineer (Recording, Remix) – Tommy Vicari
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Steve Schmidt
Recorded By – Nick Spigel
Recorded By (Additional) – Peter Chaiken
Technician – Brent Averill

Art Direction, Design – Jeff Adamoff
Photography – Jim Shea, Bob Jacobs

Mastered At Allen Zentz Mastering
Mixed At Lion Share Recording Studios
Overdubbed At Le Gonks West
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
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