Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003

Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003

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by Luther Vandross

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The artist's sixteenth album, Luther Vandross Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003, is a virtual "best of" featuring six number one hits, including "Never Too Much," "Stop to Love," and the Grammy-winning "Here and Now." Other Vandross signature cuts include "Superstar," "House is Not a Home," and "If Only For One Night."  See more details below


The artist's sixteenth album, Luther Vandross Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003, is a virtual "best of" featuring six number one hits, including "Never Too Much," "Stop to Love," and the Grammy-winning "Here and Now." Other Vandross signature cuts include "Superstar," "House is Not a Home," and "If Only For One Night."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Recorded two months before his hospitalization for a serious stroke, Live 2003 at Radio City Music Hall is a welcome addition to the Luther Vandross' discography with absolutely no foreshadowing of the devastating event. Those who have only been exposed to his smooth croon on record are in for a treat. The cool pillow talk of his studio recordings is performed perfectly here, but live Vandross adds improvisational twists, stunning vocal theatrics, and some of the most entertaining banter with an audience ever heard. Absolutely effervescent (he declares at least half the songs "my favorite") the singer wins over the audience right away and it just keeps building from there. The band is tight, with Nat Adderley Jr. as leader and on keyboards, but vocals are the thing. You can always count on Vandross to have the best background singers, and here his interaction with them surpasses anything on his studio albums (their playful exchange on "Creepin'" is unbelievable). A slower "Here and Now" is monolithic and the 13 minutes of "Superstar" fly by like it was nothing. Going back to his days in the group Change for "Glow of Love" is a nice nod to the hardcore fans and a perfect, shimmering, disco closer. The keyboards could sure use an update from their '80s presets and Vandross' visual references don't come off so well on a mere CD, but these are small complaints. If there ever was an argument that you can own every one of his studio albums and still only know half the story, this proves it.
Blender - Jon Caramanica
Best is a divine, loose-lipped 12-minute version of the Carpenters' soft-pop brooder "Superstar" that could teach Ruben Studdard, who released a version of the song as his debut single, a thing or two about singing for the moon.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Vandross   Primary Artist
Skip Anderson   Keyboards
Ivan Hampden   Drums
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Byron Miller   Bass
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Roger Squitero   Percussion
Arturo Tappin   Soprano Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Nat Adderley   Keyboards
Patricia Lacy   Background Vocals
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brenda Russell   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Terry Steele   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Bobby Eli   Composer
Wayne Garfield   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Malavasi   Composer
David Romani   Composer
Fonzi Thornton   Producer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Nat Adderley   Composer,Producer,Musical Director
Alli   Art Direction
Jim Ervin   Choreographer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Max Szadek   Personal Assistant
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Shep Crawford   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Harold Lilly   Composer
David L. Elliott   Composer
David Elliot   Composer

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Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The problem with VanDross on this album, as on so many of his recordings, is that he simply refuses to sing a melodic line. Everything is wandering, wandering, wandering, to such an extent that not only are the lyrics seldom heard, but the notes are simply played with. He must drive songwriters crazy! I've come to the conclusion that he's afraid to sing anything straight on because he can't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album... It's like you are right there. If you have ever had the pleasure of attending one of his concerts you know what it's like. You will not be disappointed. My favorites? ALL OF THEM!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, I saw Luther live for the first time 18 years ago in San Francisco. I lost a shoe (and my date) at the concert. Then, as now, I was struck by his consumate showmanship combined with his masterful song styling. This CD captures all of that live for the first time. The tunes are a well-chosen mixture of old and new, the supporting musicians are excellent, and the backup singer harmonies are so tightly woven, you can't get a sheet of paper between the chords. ("Stop to Love, "Creepin") LV's bantering with his backups and the audience ("the last album...with the leather jacket and the cheekbones") provide you with a true feel for the Vandross concert experience. He has just as much fun as you do. The CD is worth the price for the live recording of "Superstar/Till You Come Back to Me" alone. (Be sure to check out Nat Adderley Jr.'s breakout on the piano-it's a fine example of the sheer joy of performance, even after what must now be nearly a thousand performances.) I have to disagree with the reviewer who wrote that LV can't sing a straight melody. He CAN and DOES several times (Stop to Love, "Can I Take You Out "), but anyone with a voice can follow the notes. Rising above the pedestrian happens when the artist goes beyond the score to bring the music alive in all of its pathos and joy. There's no other balladeer of the last 30 years who evinces the same ability to perform a song and completely make it his own. In my opinion, LV goes down with Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Billy Eckstine as a vocal artist, not just a singer. Is his voice the same as 18 years ago? Maybe not, but neither is Pavarotti's, it's the nature of the instrument), Still, very, very few performers can stand flat-footed on a stage and start a song a capella, in perfect pitch, at top volume ("I'd Rather Have Bad Times"). One regret: this isn't also available in video format. Otherwise, I can only say thanks, Luther, for all the fine performances and for this CD to tide us over until you come back to us. Get well soon, Superstar, I plan to be there when you perform live again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I attended this live recording in February 2003. My boyfriend suprised me with concert tickets! I'm so thankful that I got to see LV perform - one last time. The CD is superb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can sing for the heavenly Father now my sweet man. God bless you as you have blessed us with your wonderful music. And even though we will miss the physical you, you have left us so much of you in your music to cherish for the rest of our lives. Loving you always and forever, for you have taught us the Power Of Love. So sleep now my love ... you've earned it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant stop playing his music still after he has been gone this long... I am lost without your songs that touch me so deeply. I only wish I could have seen him in person or meet this wonderfull man. All of his CD's I cherish and play them constantly. This CD and Dance with my father are his best. Is there anyone out there with a voice like Luthers that I might find to listen to?