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Love, Luther

Love, Luther

by Luther Vandross

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Love, Luther is the first career-spanning celebration of beloved R&B singer Luther Vandross, who died in 2005. From his early work as a jingle singer to his sessions with the studio group Change to his superstar collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey, Vandross's pure and effortlessly soulful voice changed the sound of


Love, Luther is the first career-spanning celebration of beloved R&B singer Luther Vandross, who died in 2005. From his early work as a jingle singer to his sessions with the studio group Change to his superstar collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, and Mariah Carey, Vandross's pure and effortlessly soulful voice changed the sound of contemporary R&B. This collector's set includes 56 songs on four CDs -- featuring three previously unreleased tracks from the Monserrat Sessions, including the powerful new single "There's Only You" -- and the previously unreleased demos "Ready for Love" and "If You Can't Dance."

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
No matter your level of Luther Vandross fandom -- whether you're just getting started, have all the singer's original albums in some format, or think you have it all covered -- Love, Luther is quite generous. It's a four-disc box that comes in two forms: there's a longbox-style set that folds out, including a 58-page book tucked into a pocket within one of the panels, and there's also a compacted version that will fit alongside other traditionally packaged discs on a normal-sized CD rack. With all that space to fill, there's plenty of room for the expected greatest hits, from 1981's "Never Too Much" (the superior extended version) to 2006's "Shine," with all sorts of unexpected stops in-between, in addition to unexpected treats predating "Never Too Much." There's a couple early piano-and-voice demos recorded with Nat Adderley, Jr.; several vocal collaborations, like the star turns on Change's "Glow of Love," Charme's cover of Toto's "Georgy Porgy," and Bionic Boogie's "Hot Butterfly"; and even Aretha Franklin's "Jump to It," a 1982 R&B number one produced and arranged by Vandross. Even Luther, the "group" Vandross fronted for two '70s Cotillion albums, is represented. An amusing and prophetic promotional track sent to radio programmers is the biggest surprise of all, incorporating a highlight reel of Vandross' contributions to several known and obscure radio jingles: "And there's nothing like the flavor of Juicy Fruit gum!"; "Heeere we come, Hawaii!" Live material? Yes, there's a little of that, highlighted by a potentially pulse-stopping version of Heatwave's "Always and Forever." Considering all the loose ends and exclusive tracks -- the kind of material you expect to get on a pull-out-all-the-stops box -- it's still kind of overwhelming to have all (well, almost all) of Vandross' charting singles in one spot. Even when the productions are saccharine and completely locked into their year of making, Vandross' voice is the one thing that always -- always -- comes through first.

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Performance Credits

Luther Vandross   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Patti Austin   Vocals
Cheryl Lynn   Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ,Soloist
Michael Brecker   Horn Section
Ronnie Cuber   Horn Section
Jon Faddis   Horn Section
David Lasley   Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Section
Patrick Williams   Musical Direction
Ava Cherry   Vocals
Robin Clark   Vocals
Darlene Love   Vocals
Wade Marcus   Conductor
Lisa Fischer   Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Vocals
Skip Anderson   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Phillip Ballou   Vocals
Tinker Barfield   Bass
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Horn Section
Johnny Britt   Vocals
Cissy Houston   Vocals
Jon Clarke   Horn Section
Michelle Cobbs   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga,Wind Chimes
Charlotte Crossley   Vocals
Lynn Davis   Vocals
Lawrence Feldman   Horn Section
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Ivan Hampden   drum overdubs
Rev. Patrick Henderson   Choir Director
Doc Powell   Guitar
Yogi Horton   Drums
Phillip Ingram   Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Jimmy Jam   Keyboards
Brenda White-King   Vocals
Steve Kroon   Bongos,Conga
Yvonne Lewis   Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Vocals
Lou Marini   Horn Section
Jason Miles   Synthesizer
Marcus Miller   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Alan Rubin   Horn Section
Soulshock   Track Performer
Sybil Thomas   Vocals
Fonzi Thornton   Vocals
Buddy Williams   Drums
Jay Williams   Guitar
Alfa Anderson   Vocals
David Barjeron   Horn Section
Genobia Jeter   Vocals
Nat Adderley   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Pat Joyner   Vocals
Tamira C. Sanders   Vocals
Jason Rome   Track Performer
Shep Crawford   Track Performer
Warryn Campbell   Background Vocals
David Earl Taylor   Horn Section
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar
Bryan-Michael Cox   Track Performer
Harold Lilly   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Frank Sinatra   Author,Duet
Dionne Warwick   Author,Duet
Gregory Hines   Duet
Cheryl Lynn   Duet
Lionel Richie   Composer
Luther Vandross   Arranger,Producer,Author,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Jeremy Lubbock   Orchestration
Misha Segal   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Burt Bacharach   Producer,Author,Audio Production
Greg Diamond   Audio Production
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Delores Hall   Duet
Skip Anderson   drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Julien Barber   String Section
Ray Bardani   Producer,Engineer
John Beal   String Section
Gene Bianco   String Section
Jeff Bova   Sound Design
Michael Brauer   Engineer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Frederick Buldrini   String Section
Mariah Carey   Duet
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jim Crotty   Engineer
Hal David   Author
Godfrey Diamond   Engineer
Lewis Eley   String Section
Judy Geist   String Section
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Jay Healy   Vocal Engineer
Anthony Hinton   Contributor
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Audio Production
Leo Kahn   String Section
Jesse Levy   String Section
Terry Lewis   Producer,Audio Production
Guy Lumia   String Section
Malavasi   Arranger
Bill Malina   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Author
Richard Marx   Arranger,drum programming
Deborah McDuffie   Vocal Arrangements
Homer Mensch   String Section
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Kermit Moore   String Section
Jacques Fred Petrus   Producer,Audio Production
Jorge Alberto Pino   Concept
Max Pollikoff   String Section
Sue Pray   String Section
Phil Ramone   Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Max Risenhoover   Sound Design
Paul Riser   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Margaret Ross   String Section
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
G. Diane Sumler   Contributor
Manny Vardi Strings   String Section
Reed Vertelney   Arranger
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Christine Wiltshire   Contributor
Marilyn Wright   String Section
Hank Cattaneo   Producer
Karlin   Audio Production
Leo Sacks   Producer
Ora Shiran   String Section
William Thomas   Vocal Arrangements
Lewis Bagowitz   String Section
Brian Chin   Producer
Sidney Kaufman   String Section
Loranne Montesi   String Section
Helen Weiss   String Section
Harry Zavatzian   String Section
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Theresa V. Reed   Contributor
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Nat Adderley   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Maurizio Biancani   Engineer
Jason Rome   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Shep Crawford   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Warryn Campbell   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Audio Production
Jeremy Holiday   Packaging Manager
Brown & His Tunetoppers   String Section
Bryan-Michael Cox   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Ernest Hardy   Liner Notes
Mary Ida Vandross   Author
Jonathan Abromowitz   String Section
Richard Sortornme   String Section
Paul Rayner-Brown   Vocal Engineer
Gregg Diamond   Arranger,Producer
Billy Jackson   Audio Production

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