Luther Vandross - Love, Luther (Music CD)

Release Date: 05 March 2012
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No matter your level of Luther Vandross fandom -- whether you're just getting started, have all the singer's original albums in some format, or think you have it all covered -- Love, Luther is quite generous. It's a four-disc box that comes in two forms: there's a longbox-style set that folds out, including a 58-page book tucked into a pocket within one of the panels, and there's also a compacted version that will fit alongside other traditionally packaged discs on a normal-sized CD rack. With all that space to fill, there's plenty of room for the expected greatest hits, from 1981's "Never Too Much" (the superior extended version) to 2006's "Shine," with all sorts of unexpected stops in-between, in addition to unexpected treats predating "Never Too Much." There's a couple early piano-and-voice demos recorded with Nat Adderley, Jr.; several vocal collaborations, like the star turns on Change's "Glow of Love," Charme's cover of Toto's "Georgy Porgy," and Bionic Boogie's "Hot Butterfly"; and even Aretha Franklin's "Jump to It," a 1982 R&B number one produced and arranged by Vandross. Even Luther, the "group" Vandross fronted for two '70s Cotillion albums, is represented. An amusing and prophetic promotional track sent to radio programmers is the biggest surprise of all, incorporating a highlight reel of Vandross' contributions to several known and obscure radio jingles: "And there's nothing like the flavor of Juicy Fruit gum!"; "Heeere we come, Hawaii!" Live material? Yes, there's a little of that, highlighted by a potentially pulse-stopping version of Heatwave's "Always and Forever." Considering all the loose ends and exclusive tracks -- the kind of material you expect to get on a pull-out-all-the-stops box -- it's still kind of overwhelming to have all (well, almost all) of Vandross' charting singles in one spot. Even when the productions are saccharine and completely locked into their year of making, Vandross' voice is the one thing that always -- always -- comes through first. ~ Andy Kellman
Release Date: 05 March 2012
  • Disk 1
  • 1. Ready For Love (Demo)
  • 2. If You Can't Dance (Demo)
  • 3. Meet Luther Vandross
  • 4. The Glow of Love - Change
  • 5. Never Too Much (Extended Version)
  • 6. Don't You Know That?
  • 7. A House Is Not a Home
  • 8. Bad Boy/Having a Party
  • 9. Since I Lost My Baby
  • 10. She Loves Me Back
  • 11. Who's Gonna Make It Easier For Me
  • 12. If This World Were Mine - Lynn, Cheryl
  • 13. How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye - Warwick, Dionne
  • 14. Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (Album Mix)
  • Disk 2
  • 1. If Only For One Night
  • 2. Creepin'
  • 3. Wait For Love
  • 4. Til My Baby Comes Home
  • 5. It's Over Now
  • 6. The Night I Fell in Love
  • 7. There's Only You
  • 8. Anyone Who Had a Heart
  • 9. So Amazing
  • 10. Give Me the Reason
  • 11. Stop to Love
  • 12. There's Nothing Better Than Love
  • 13. So Amazing
  • 14. For You to Love
  • 15. Here and Now
  • Disk 3
  • 1. Love the One You're With
  • 2. Funky Music (Is a Part of Me) - Luther
  • 3. Georgy Porgy - Charme
  • 4. Powe of Love/Love Power
  • 5. Don't Want to Be a Fool
  • 6. I Want the Night to Stay
  • 7. Endless Love
  • 8. Any Love
  • 9. Knocks Me Off My Feet
  • 10. Your Secret Love
  • 11. Never Let Me Go
  • 12. Can Heaven Wait
  • 13. The Closer I Get to You
  • Disk 4
  • 1. Isn't There Someone
  • 2. Dance With My Father
  • 3. Take You Out
  • 4. I'd Rather
  • 5. Buy Me a Rose
  • 6. Shine
  • 7. Got You Home
  • 8. Jump to It - Franklin, Aretha
  • 9. Hot Butterfly - Diamond, Gregg
  • 10. Searching (Live at Wembley Arena, London)
  • 11. Always and Forever (Live at The Royal Albert Hall, London)
  • 12. The Windows of the World/What the World Needs Now (Live at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York)
  • 13. The Lady Is a Tramp
  • 14. A House Is Not a Home

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