The Essential Luther Vandross

The Essential Luther Vandross

by Luther Vandross
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The Essential Luther Vandross

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998916722
catalogNumber: 89167

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   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   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Pat Joyner   Vocals
Tamira C. Sanders   Vocals
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Brenda Russell   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Luther Vandross   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Terry Steele   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Skip Anderson   Arranger,Composer
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Michael Brauer   Engineer
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Steve Goldman   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Leon Pendarvis   Arranger
Paul Riser   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Composer
Reed Vertelney   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Teddy Vann   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Nat Adderley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Weinstein   Composer
Carlo Donida   Composer
Mogol Audio 2   Composer
Linda Chang   Packaging Manager
David L. Elliott   Composer
David Elliot   Composer

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The Essential Luther Vandross 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luther Vandross and five stars go together like the sun and the sky...what an exceptional talent this world was graced with. Thank you, Luther, for all the hard work and unbelievably beautiful and soulful sounds. May God bless!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 -
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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