Hidden Gems

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Three of the 15 songs on this Luther Vandross compilation qualify as hidden. Out of those three, one was released on the soundtrack to Hero 1992, another was pulled from the soundtrack to Money Train 1995, and the third track was a bonus cut on the Japanese edition of Luther Vandross 2001. They are not quite gems, but dedicated fans should be happy to have them in one spot. Out of the remaining dozen tracks, two come from gold-selling releases and ten were issued on albums that went platinum and double platinum. So, those are not exactly hidden or "seldom heard," as a press release was crazy enough to claim. Hidden Gems is more like the missing fifth disc from the Love, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Three of the 15 songs on this Luther Vandross compilation qualify as hidden. Out of those three, one was released on the soundtrack to Hero 1992, another was pulled from the soundtrack to Money Train 1995, and the third track was a bonus cut on the Japanese edition of Luther Vandross 2001. They are not quite gems, but dedicated fans should be happy to have them in one spot. Out of the remaining dozen tracks, two come from gold-selling releases and ten were issued on albums that went platinum and double platinum. So, those are not exactly hidden or "seldom heard," as a press release was crazy enough to claim. Hidden Gems is more like the missing fifth disc from the Love, Luther box set released in 2007. Between the releases, only two songs overlap, and this adds depth with not much filler, though it could have been more generous with '80s cuts and not so reliant upon relatively tepid '90s material. The liner notes, written by Vandross' longtime associate Fonzi Thornton, are a great touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919682922
  • Catalog Number: 196829
  • Sales rank: 65,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Vandross Primary Artist
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Luther Vandross Composer, Producer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Martha Wash Duet
Porter Carroll Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
R. Kelly Composer, Producer
Joe Darion Composer
David Gamson Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
Marcus Miller Producer
Rex Rideout Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Fonzi Thornton Composer, Liner Notes
"Little" Louie Vega Producer
Junior Vasquez Composer
James Harris Composer
Walter Afanasieff Producer
Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez Producer
Nat Adderley Jr. Producer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Giulio Rapetti Composer
Denise Rich Composer
Carlo Donida Composer
Alice Butts Art Direction
Shep Crawford Composer, Producer
Jim Funk Composer
Erik Hickenlooper Composer
Tom Ruff Material
Kenneth Gonzalez Composer
Bobby Weinstein Composer
Luis Vegas Composer
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