The Essential Luther Vandross

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998916722
  • Catalog Number: 89167
  • Sales rank: 26,109

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Vandross Primary Artist, Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals
Gregory Hines Vocals, Guest Appearance
Cheryl Lynn Vocals, Guest Appearance
David Lasley Vocals
Ava Cherry Vocals
Martha Wash Vocals, Guest Appearance
Robin Clark Vocals
Darlene Love Vocals
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Tawatha Agee Vocals
Skip Anderson Synthesizer
Phillip Ballou Vocals
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Johnny Britt Vocals
Alex Brown Vocals
Mariah Carey Vocals, Guest Appearance
Cissy Houston Vocals
Michelle Cobbs Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Conga, Wind Chimes
Charlotte Crossley Vocals
Lynn Davis Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Vocals
Ivan Hampden drum overdubs
Doc Powell Guitar
Yogi Horton Drums
Phillip Ingram Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Anthony Jackson Bass
Brenda White-King Vocals
Steve Kroon Bongos, Conga
Yvonne Lewis Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Vocals
Marcus Miller Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards
Cindy Mizelle Vocals
Sybil Thomas Vocals
Fonzi Thornton Vocals
Ed Walsh Synthesizer
Michael White Percussion
Buddy Williams Drums
Alfa Anderson Vocals
Genobia Jeter Vocals
Nat Adderley Jr. Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Pat Joyner Vocals
Tamira C. Sanders Vocals
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Luther Vandross Arranger, Producer
Skip Anderson Arranger
Ray Bardani Engineer
Michael Brauer Engineer
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Leon Pendarvis Arranger
Paul Riser Arranger
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Nat Adderley Jr. Arranger, Producer
Linda Chang Packaging Manager
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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    THIS IS TREMENDOUS,BUY THIS NOW!!

    THIS IS TREMENDOUS,BUY THIS NOW!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There will never be another...

    All I can say is there will never be another Luther Vandross. His voice was phenomenal, and it's his voice that was playing when I first fell in love. Although that was many years ago, his songs still bring me back to those wonderful memories. I even saw Luther in concert with my first love, and it was an experience I'll never forget. Thank you Luther for the memories, and I look forward to meeting you one day in heaven. Your death was a huge loss to those of us still on earth, but thankfully this CD puts all of your greatest songs together. I will always play it, and I'll always remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential and Necessary..Luther is King

    Wonderful music from someone we all adore. Get well soon Luther. We need you back in our lives helping us to connect with our souls. God bless you. Kay Hinton -

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE LOVE OF LUTHER

    LUTHER YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON.MAY GOD BLESS YOU.I LOVE YOUR MUSIC ENDLESS LOVE WAS A AMAZING SONG FOR LOVERS. I PRAY YOU ARE BETTER SOONER LOVE YOU.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ESSENTIALLY LUTHER

    I personally love the songs of Mr. Vandross I really don't think there is another saltry voice that can move a couple from anger to love like Luther. I draft backwards to the pleasant times of love and coo myself in the illusion of real love listening to the voice of soft love. Be better quickly Luther....

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