The Ultimate Luther Vandross [2006]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
A necessary addition to any fan's collection and a great introduction for listeners just discovering his effortlessly soulful vocals, The Ultimate Luther Vandross features all of the beloved R&B superstar's chart-toppers, including the Grammy-winning "Dance with My Father," the title track from his 2003 multi-platinum disc -- the last album Vandross recorded before his untimely death in 2005. Among the many highlights are the wedding favorite "Here and Now," the post-disco classic "Never Too Much," the breathtaking "Endless Love" with Mariah Carey, and two previously unreleased tracks produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- the infectious "Shine" and the slow ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
A necessary addition to any fan's collection and a great introduction for listeners just discovering his effortlessly soulful vocals, The Ultimate Luther Vandross features all of the beloved R&B superstar's chart-toppers, including the Grammy-winning "Dance with My Father," the title track from his 2003 multi-platinum disc -- the last album Vandross recorded before his untimely death in 2005. Among the many highlights are the wedding favorite "Here and Now," the post-disco classic "Never Too Much," the breathtaking "Endless Love" with Mariah Carey, and two previously unreleased tracks produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis -- the infectious "Shine" and the slow jam "Got You Home." Vandross's sound is timeless and with this satisfying sampler, this music legend lives on.
All Music Guide
The replacement for an identically titled disc released just five years prior, the 2006 version of The Ultimate Luther Vandross swaps out some of the earlier cuts contained on the 2001 version in favor of later material, such as "Dance with My Father" and he and Beyoncé's version of "The Closer I Get to You." What's baffling is that it leaves out some major hits in favor of a pair of previously unreleased tracks including the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced, Chic-sampling "Shine", both of which are front-loaded in the sequence. So, bizarrely enough, the disc has a funny way of catering toward completists as well as slightly less serious fans who stopped buying Vandross albums after 1998's I Know. Though this is the best single-disc compilation available in the U.S. as of 2006, at least, you really need something more extensive, such as Epic/Legacy's The Essential Luther Vandross
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969770023
  • Catalog Number: 97700
  • Sales rank: 20,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shine (4:51)
  2. 2 Got You Home (3:39)
  3. 3 Never Too Much (3:50)
  4. 4 Take You Out (3:36)
  5. 5 Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (4:32)
  6. 6 Here and Now (5:22)
  7. 7 Dance With My Father (4:26)
  8. 8 A House Is Not a Home (7:07)
  9. 9 Give Me the Reason (4:45)
  10. 10 I'd Rather (4:20)
  11. 11 Any Love (5:01)
  12. 12 Power of Love/Love Power (4:19)
  13. 13 Think About You (3:30)
  14. 14 Wait for Love (4:16)
  15. 15 Your Secret Love (4:01)
  16. 16 The Closer I Get to You (4:28)
  17. 17 Buy Me a Rose (3:48)
  18. 18 Endless Love (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luther Vandross Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Jimmy Jam Keyboards
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Luther Vandross Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Orchestral Arrangements
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Terry Steele Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Reggie Lucas Composer
Skip Anderson Arranger
Hal David Composer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
James Mtume Composer
Richard Marx Composer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Clarence Paul Composer
Leon Pendarvis Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Rideau Engineer
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Reed Vertelney Arranger, Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Teddy Vann Composer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Nat Adderley Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jason Rome Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Morris Broadnax Composer
Shep Crawford Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kwaku Alston Cover Photo, Tray Card
Warryn Campbell Composer, Producer, Vocal Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Harold Lilly Composer
Matt Marrin Engineer
James Porte Arranger, Composer
Jim Funk Composer
Erik Hickenlooper Composer
Damon Elliott Composer
Ian Cross Engineer
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