Luther, Teddy & Marvin

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A dozen of the biggest ballads from soul greats Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Marvin Gaye receive plush re-workings from a cast of noted musicians, including saxophonist Kim Waters, guitarist Rhon Lawrence, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris "Big Dog" Davis, as well as vocalists Phil Perry and Nicki Richards. Three of the five Pendergrass selections are Gamble & Huff compositions, but one of the others -- "Love TKO," written by Cecil Womack, shines the most with Lawrence's guitar taking the lead. The Vandross picks -- "Here and Now," "So Amazing," and "If Only for One Night" -- are notable for not being obvious. Gaye, meanwhile, is paid tribute through ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A dozen of the biggest ballads from soul greats Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Marvin Gaye receive plush re-workings from a cast of noted musicians, including saxophonist Kim Waters, guitarist Rhon Lawrence, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris "Big Dog" Davis, as well as vocalists Phil Perry and Nicki Richards. Three of the five Pendergrass selections are Gamble & Huff compositions, but one of the others -- "Love TKO," written by Cecil Womack, shines the most with Lawrence's guitar taking the lead. The Vandross picks -- "Here and Now," "So Amazing," and "If Only for One Night" -- are notable for not being obvious. Gaye, meanwhile, is paid tribute through equally relaxed versions of "You Sure Love to Ball" and two songs from the 1976 masterpiece I Want You "After the Dance" and the title song. There's a sly nod to songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson; "Your Precious Love," a major hit for Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, is followed with "Is It Still Good to Ya," covered by Pendergrass in 1980 two years after the composers recorded it themselves. These versions couldn't possibly surpass the originals, of course, but they're reverent and pleasant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351519627
  • Catalog Number: 5196
  • Sales rank: 68,989

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Amazing - David Mann (5:03)
  2. 2 Love TKO - Rhon Lawrence (5:24)
  3. 3 You Sure Love to Ball - David Mann (5:12)
  4. 4 If You Don't Know Me by Now - David Mann (4:49)
  5. 5 Here and Now - David Mann (5:25)
  6. 6 Your Precious Love - Rhon Lawrence (4:22)
  7. 7 Is It Still Good to Ya? - Issac Clemens (5:34)
  8. 8 If Only for One Night - David Mann (6:15)
  9. 9 I Want You - David Mann (5:34)
  10. 10 Turn Off the Lights - Chris "Big Dog" Davis (4:56)
  11. 11 After the Dance - David Mann (5:05)
  12. 12 Close the Door - Michael Sims (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Jones Guitar
Kim Waters Saxophone
Phil Perry Vocals
Nicki Richards Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
Everett Bradley Vocals
Wayne Bruce Guitar
Carl Carter Bass
Philip Hamilton Guitar
Pamela Williams Keyboards, Alto Saxophone
Kenny Allen Background Vocals
Eddie Baccus Jr. Saxophone
Michael Sims Guitar
David Mann Keyboards, Saxophone, Soloist
Issac Clemens Background Vocals
Rhon Lawrence Guitar
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Kim Waters Executive Producer
T-Boy Ross Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Pamela Williams Producer, drum programming
Leon Ware Composer
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Davy D Engineer
David Mann Arranger, Producer, drum programming
C. Womack Composer
Nickolas Ashford Composer
Adam Wiener Engineer
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