So Amazing: An All Star Tribute to Luther Vandross

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
This festive tribute record to Luther Vandross -- one of greatest talents to emerge from the R&B world in the '80s and '90s -- is appropriately packed with star power. A sassy Mary J. Blige kicks things off by strutting through a funky Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced reading of "Never Too Much" that percolates over a popping bass line and just a smattering of orchestration. Throughout, executive producer and music industry legend Clive Davis flaunts his matchmaking abilities, pairing A-list singers with a cherry-picked set list of Vandross originals and cover songs the crooner remade in his own unique style. Luther idol-and-friend Aretha Franklin shines on a...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
This festive tribute record to Luther Vandross -- one of greatest talents to emerge from the R&B world in the '80s and '90s -- is appropriately packed with star power. A sassy Mary J. Blige kicks things off by strutting through a funky Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced reading of "Never Too Much" that percolates over a popping bass line and just a smattering of orchestration. Throughout, executive producer and music industry legend Clive Davis flaunts his matchmaking abilities, pairing A-list singers with a cherry-picked set list of Vandross originals and cover songs the crooner remade in his own unique style. Luther idol-and-friend Aretha Franklin shines on a string-caressed version of "A House Is Not a Home," infusing the Bacharach/David classicwith a throaty inflection that conveys the kind of bittersweet emotiveness Vandross achieved on his own version. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx once again shows off his musical chops on a slow-roiling rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'". Wonder himself appears alongside Beyoncé on the harmony-rich title cut, accented by lush strings and a harmonica solo. Elsewhere, Patti LaBelle -- Vandross was once president of her fan club -- gives a gospel-flavored twist to "Here & Now," tweaked by a bit of call-and-response vocalizing, and American Idol winner Fantasia turns in an uplifting "'Til My Baby Comes Home." Although there are a few missteps -- namely Usher's amateurish attempt at "Superstar" and Wyclef's inexplicably reggae-tinged reading of "Always & Forever" -- So Amazing is a stellar homage to Vandross's unforgettable musical legacy.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
They weren't kidding when they put "All-Star" in the subtitle, but the most satisfying thing about this big-name tribute to the late Luther Vandross is how many of these "All-Stars" let their guard down, expressing both genuine grief over the loss of R&B's most likeable fellows and jubilation over his music, which spoke to so many people, offered a rich blend of influences, and had a warm, soulful grace both in its writing and delivery. Mary J. Blige captures everyone's first encounter with the great "Never Too Much" with a bit of dialog before launching into one of her warmest, most elegant performances. The grief of Aretha Franklin on "A House Is Not a Home" is monolithic, while fellow diva Patti LaBelle hits every "I need you now" in "Here & Now" with touching despair, inferring loss over lyrics that deal with comfort and "always being there." His smoky performance on "Love Won't Let Me Wait" just proves how great a "John Legend: With Strings" album would be, while Angie Stone and "Since I Lost My Baby" is the perfect marriage of singer and song. Well-dressed, finger-snappin' numbers from Jamie Foxx, Fantasia, and Beyoncé with Stevie Wonder capture Luther's big smile while Donna Summer recalls his disco roots with a dancefloor "Power of Love." Add Alicia Keys and Jermaine Paul sounding epic on "If This World Were Mine" and you've got enough highlights to ignore Celine Dion's maudlin "Dance with My Father" and Elton John's misguided Joe Cocker impersonation on "Anyone Who Had a Heart," another "duet" with the deceased made possible through Pro-Tools. Besides these minor annoyances, So Amazing is meatier than most tributes, with deeply grateful performances that not only capture the spirit of Luther but do an excellent job of bringing his widespread influence to the surface.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2005
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828767302621
  • Catalog Number: 673026
  • Sales rank: 196,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Too Much (5:15)
  2. 2 Superstar (5:55)
  3. 3 'Til My Baby Comes Home (4:38)
  4. 4 So Amazing (4:11)
  5. 5 A House Is Not a Home (5:30)
  6. 6 Power of Love - Donna Summer (3:29)
  7. 7 If This World Were Mine (4:56)
  8. 8 Anyone Who Had a Heart (4:50)
  9. 9 Dance with My Father (4:38)
  10. 10 Always & Forever (4:35)
  11. 11 If Only for One Night (4:23)
  12. 12 Here & Now (4:29)
  13. 13 Love Won't Let Me Wait (3:55)
  14. 14 Since I Lost My Baby (5:23)
  15. 15 Creepin' (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aretha Franklin Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Bobby Ross Avila Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Javier Solís Percussion
Sanford Allen Violin, Concert Master
Robert Bacon Guitar
Diane Barere Cello
Jerry Barnes Bass
Mary J. Blige Background Vocals
Denyse Buffum Viola
Robert Carlisle Horn
Robert Chausow Violin, Cello
Ray Chew Conductor
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Cello
Nathan East Bass
Joe Ferrante Trombone
Barry Finclair Violin, Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Crystal Garner Viola
Julie Gigante Violin
Gordon Gottlieb Percussion
Hae Young Ham Violin
Jerry Hey Conductor
Stanley Hunte Violin, Cello
James Hynes Flugelhorn
Jean Ingraham Violin
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jimmy Jam Keyboards
Peter Kent Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Richard Locker Cello
Ricky Minor Bass
Phillip Myers Horn
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Leon Pendarvis Piano
Carolyn Perry Background Vocals
Darlene Perry Background Vocals
Sharon Perry Background Vocals
Earl Phillips Bass Trombone
Katia Popov Violin
Ralph Rolle Drums
Josefina Vergara Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmy Wright Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Benjamin F. Wright Conductor
Richard Brice Viola
Susan Chatman Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Craig Mumm Flute, Viola
Artie Reynolds Bass
Maxine Roach Viola
Raphael Saadiq Bass
Suzie Katayama Conductor
David Blinn Viola
Prof. T. Background Vocals
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Elizabeth Mann Flute
Valdez Brantley Keyboards
Tim Carmon Piano
Natalie Leggett Violin
Belinda Whitney Violin
Astrid Schween Cello
Nico Abondolo Bass
Onree Gill Organ, fender rhodes
Sara Parkins Violin
Anne Lehmann Violin
Gwen Laster Violin
Beyoncé Knowles Vocals
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Tavia Ivey Background Vocals
David Chan Violin
Tara Watkins Background Vocals
Tim Riley Piano, Drums
Ernest Hamilton Bass, Percussion
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Vince Lionti Flute, Viola
Alicia Keys Background Vocals, Background Music
Enrico DiCecco Violin
Teddy Campbell Drums
Tom Craskey Bass
Dave Tozer Guitar
Trudy Kane Flute
Steve Tirpak Flugelhorn
Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul Background Vocals, Background Music
Desiree Elsevier Flute, Viola
John Legend Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andre Bowman Bass
Robert Ozuna Percussion
Sheléa Frazier Background Vocals
Aaron Spears Drums
Arthur "Buddy" Strong Keyboards
Jon Botbyl Trombone
Aaron Marisi Alto Saxophone
Dan Tobin Smith Cello
Catherine Ro Violin
Mike Ciro Guitar
Mariana Green Hill Violin
Stefan Hoskuldssen Flute
Tony Miceli Vibes
Ralph D. Morris Violin
NY Strings Strings
Anna Reinersman Harp
Charles Vail Strings
Tahirah Whittington Cello
Yulia Ziskel Deninzon Violin
Bobby Ozuna Percussion
Candice Anderson Background Vocals
Daniel Smith Cello
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Danny Duncan Engineer
Terry Steele Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Tony Black Engineer
Delaney Bramlett Composer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Ray Chew String Arrangements
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Reginald Dozier Engineer
Bobby Eli Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Larry Gold Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jerry Hey String Arrangements, String Conductor
Jimmy Jam Producer, String Arrangements
Terry Lewis Producer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Manny Marroquin Engineer
Richard Marx Composer
Marcus Miller Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Mark Pastoria Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Leon Pendarvis String Arrangements
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Stevie Wonder Composer
Jimmy Wright Producer
Aaron Zigman Programming
Benjamin F. Wright Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements, String Conductor, Strings Orchestrator
David Nathan Liner Notes
Raphael Saadiq Producer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements, String Conductor
Lou Pagani Producer
Wyclef Jean Producer
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Valdez Brantley Arranger
Jim Caruana Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer
Hani Programming, Producer, Engineer
Vinnie Barrett Composer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Beyoncé Knowles Vocal Producer
Daniel Romero Engineer
Kerry Brothers Producer, Digital Programming
Alicia Keys Producer
John Hanes Engineer, Digital Editing
Jake & the Phatman Producer
Matt Marrin Engineer
Dabling Harward Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Editing
Dave Tozer Producer, drum programming
Ryan Lovett Arranger
Chris LeBeau Artwork, Production Art
Steve Tirpak Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Glenn Standridge Engineer
James Tanksley Digital Editing
J Lack Producer
Scott Seviour Artist Development
Johnny "Clean Pants" Tanksley Engineer
David L. Elliott Composer
The Underdogs Arranger, Producer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
Ian Cross Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Tribute Luther!!!!!

    I see lots of reviews for this one!! I think one thing that needs to be put in perspective is that this is a tribute cd of songs covered by some of the artists that were dear & true to Luther. The songs they sing are their gift to the great talent that was Luther Vandross! I think all the songs are great, but the standouts to me are most definitely USHER's Superstar & DONNA SUMMER's Power of Love!! The latter is really the only uplifting joyful song on here....I'd like to believe that Luther would particularly have loved this version simply because it is a well crafted vocal & produced song and it makes ya wanna dance!! Beautiful... OH Mr Clive D, Where are the remixes of Power of Love for the public to buy!! We love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent

    This is an amazing album..I am a huge fan of singers(not performers like Britney)and this was an excellent compilation. This album really showed the vocal abilities of all these artists.Especially Usher who jus blew me away. For anyone who loved Luther Vandross you will love this album..Personally i was not a fan of Luther Vandross until hearing this album. I highly recommend this album for all music lovers. The only thing missing was Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT TO BUY!!

    I AM REALLY HAPPY WITH THIS CD. SUPERSTARS THAT HAVE MADE A TRIBUTE TO AN OUTSTANDING VOICE AND MUSIC. I ENJOYED MOST OF THE TRACKS, BUT I FOUND OUTSTANDING DONNA SUMMER'S RENDITION OF POWER OF LOVE, ALTHOUGH THE VERSION IS TOO SHORT. I HOPE THEY MAKE REMIXES AVAILABLE TO US WHO ENJOY DANCE MUSIC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "So Ridiculous"

    Listening to this CD only makes me miss Luther even more. First of all, what is Elton John doing on here, much less sharing the same track as Luther?! I actually enjoyed Usher's "Superstar" and - surprise - Celine Dion's take on "Dance with My Father". Beyonce & Alicia Keys sound smooth, but sorry, the great Aretha Franklin sounds like a drunk warbling chicken on "House is Not a Home". Making a song "yours" is one thing. Destroying it & making poor Luther turn in his grave is another. Sorry, but this album is hardly a tribute. It just proves that even the "great" singers of our time can not compare to the special silky voice and smooth style of that great master - Luther Vandross. Rest in peace, man, and WISH YOU WERE HERE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Are you kidding me!??

    The only person who could ever sing Luther was, and will always be Luther. If you want to honor Mr. Vandross, start a charity in his name, or think of time spent with this icon. Don't butcher his songs and ruin the legacy which you claim to be honoring. I for one would like my money back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING SINGING

    This was a beauiful CD and a great remembrance for Luther Vandross and I hope to see another CD like this one from some more singing artist

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