Love, Luther

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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 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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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."
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886971185621
  • Catalog Number: 711856
  • Sales rank: 10,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ready for Love (2:51)
  2. 2 If You Can't Dance (2:27)
  3. 3 Meet Luther Vandross (1:47)
  4. 4 The Glow of Love - Change (6:11)
  5. 5 Never Too Much (5:40)
  6. 6 Don't You Know That? (4:02)
  7. 7 A House Is Not a Home (7:07)
  8. 8 Bad Boy/Having a Party (5:16)
  9. 9 Since I Lost My Baby (5:28)
  10. 10 She Loves Me Back (6:09)
  11. 11 Who's Gonna Make It Easier for Me - Dolores Hall (3:20)
  12. 12 If This World Were Mine (5:24)
  13. 13 How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye (3:26)
  14. 14 Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (9:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If Only for One Night (4:16)
  2. 2 Creepin' (4:04)
  3. 3 Wait for Love (5:18)
  4. 4 'Til My Baby Comes Home (5:32)
  5. 5 It's Over Now (6:08)
  6. 6 The Night I Fell in Love (6:06)
  7. 7 There's Only You (4:54)
  8. 8 Anyone Who Had a Heart (5:58)
  9. 9 So Amazing (3:57)
  10. 10 Give Me the Reason (4:46)
  11. 11 Stop to Love (5:11)
  12. 12 There's Nothing Better Than Love (4:43)
  13. 13 So Amazing (3:41)
  14. 14 Fo You to Love (5:38)
  15. 15 Here and Now (5:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Love the One You're With (5:04)
  2. 2 Funky Music (Is a Part of Me) (3:33)
  3. 3 Georgy Porgy - Charme (7:28)
  4. 4 Power of Love/Love Power (6:43)
  5. 5 Don't Want to Be a Fool (4:36)
  6. 6 I Want the Night to Stay (5:27)
  7. 7 Endless Love - Mariah Carey (4:19)
  8. 8 Any Love (5:02)
  9. 9 Knocks Me off My Feet (3:46)
  10. 10 Your Secret Love (4:13)
  11. 11 Never Let Me Go (4:31)
  12. 12 Can Heaven Wait (5:37)
  13. 13 The Closer I Get to You - Beyoncé (6:26)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Isn't There Someone (4:42)
  2. 2 Dance with My Father (4:27)
  3. 3 Take You Out (3:27)
  4. 4 I'd Rather (4:52)
  5. 5 Buy Me a Rose (3:49)
  6. 6 Shine (4:51)
  7. 7 Got You Home (3:39)
  8. 8 Jump to It - Aretha Franklin (6:40)
  9. 9 Hot Butterfly - Gregg Bionic Boogie Diamond (8:22)
  10. 10 Searching (4:37)
  11. 11 Always and Forever (5:04)
  12. 12 Medley: The Windows of the World/What the World Needs Now (6:02)
  13. 13 The Lady Is a Tramp (3:24)
  14. 14 A House Is Not a Home (10:30)
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Album Credits

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
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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
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
Al Schmitt Engineer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
G. Diane Sumler Contributor
The Manny Vardi Strings String Section
Reed Vertelney Arranger
Stan Wallace Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Christine Wiltshire Contributor
Marilyn Wright String Section
Hank Cattaneo Producer
Karlin Audio Production
Leo Sacks Producer
Ora Shiran String Section
William Thomas Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Al 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 Bionic Boogie Diamond Arranger, Producer
Billy Jackson Audio Production
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