The Essential Luther Vandross [Limited Edition 3.0]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 1989 release The Best of Luther Vandross captures Vandross at the peak of his powers, chronicling the '80s, when he reigned as the premier soul crooner of his time. That remains the definitive portrait of Vandross at his creative pinnacle, but 2003's The Essential Luther Vandross extends its reach much further, stopping when Vandross left Epic in 1996. So, it becomes a summary of his time at the label, and it's a thorough one; it may not be sequenced chronologically, but it hits all the big songs, throwing in some obscurities like "She's So Good to Me" from the Goonies soundtrack. If The Best of Luther Vandross has a bit of an edge, it's because of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 1989 release The Best of Luther Vandross captures Vandross at the peak of his powers, chronicling the '80s, when he reigned as the premier soul crooner of his time. That remains the definitive portrait of Vandross at his creative pinnacle, but 2003's The Essential Luther Vandross extends its reach much further, stopping when Vandross left Epic in 1996. So, it becomes a summary of his time at the label, and it's a thorough one; it may not be sequenced chronologically, but it hits all the big songs, throwing in some obscurities like "She's So Good to Me" from the Goonies soundtrack. If The Best of Luther Vandross has a bit of an edge, it's because of the consistency of the material; by concentrating on a particular era, it leaves out a lot of pleasantly pedestrian duets that kind of bog this collection down a little bit. Still, that's a minor point -- as is the complaint that this is not sequenced chronologically -- because this serves up 30 of Vandross' finest in a nice double-disc package. Most listeners will be plenty satisfied with this fine collection. [Epic/Legacy issued a Limited Edition 3.0 version in 2008, that included a bonus third CD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973458020
  • Catalog Number: 734580
  • Sales rank: 38,310

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Vandross Primary Artist, Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals
Cheryl Lynn Vocals
David Lasley Vocals
Ava Cherry Vocals
Robin Clark Vocals
Darlene Love Vocals
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Tawatha Agee Vocals
Phillip Ballou Vocals
Tinker Barfield Bass, Musician
Bashiri Johnson Percussion, Musician
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion, Musician
Johnny Britt Vocals
Cissy Houston Vocals
Michelle Cobbs Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Conga, Wind Chimes, Musician
Charlotte Crossley Vocals
Lynn Davis Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Vocals
Ivan Hampden drum overdubs, Musician
Doc Powell Guitar, Musician
Yogi Horton Drums, Musician
Phillip Ingram Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Musician
Anthony Jackson Bass, Musician
Brenda White-King Vocals
Steve Kroon Bongos, Conga, Musician
Paulette McWilliams Vocals
Jason Miles Musician
Marcus Miller Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Musician
Cindy Mizelle Vocals
Sybil Thomas Vocals
Fonzi Thornton Vocals
Buddy Williams Drums, Musician
Alfa Anderson Vocals
Genobia Jeter Vocals
Nat Adderley Jr. Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Musician
Pat Joyner Vocals
Tamira C. Sanders Vocals
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar, Musician
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Luther Vandross Arranger, Producer
Ray Bardani Producer, Engineer
Michael Brauer Engineer
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Producer, Mastering
Leon Pendarvis Arranger
Paul Riser Arranger
Leo Sacks Producer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Nat Adderley Jr. Arranger, Producer
Linda Chang Packaging Manager
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