Playlist: The Very Best of Luther Vandross
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Performer: Luther Vandross
Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
Notes: Inferior to single-disc Luther Vandross anthologies like, say, The Ultimate Luther Vandross (released in 2001), this disc, part of an extensive budget series of Sony-distributed titles, is seriously flawed for its lack of "Never Too Much," "Power of Love/Love Power," "Stop to Love," and "There's Nothing Better Than Love" -- and that merely accounts for the number one R&B singles that are not here. Casual fans will get a nice overview, but far too many major hits did not make the cut. For whatever reason, the disc is heaviest on The Night I Fell in Love (four songs) and Dance with My Father (three songs), which make up half of the selections. ~ Andy Kellman
The multi-talented Luther Vandross first earned recognition when a song he wrote was included in the musical THE WIZ in the early '70s, but it was his golden voice that made him one of the most sought-after session vocalists in the business. His significant contributions to David Bowie's Philly Soul-inspired YOUNG AMERICANS led to his first solo work in 1976, and subsequently, he has dwelt in the rarefied land of the platinum record as an R&B singing star with armloads of Grammys. Vandross has also been an in-demand record producer, and has sung duets with icons of soul ranging from Aretha Franklin to Mariah Carey. In 2003, Vandross went into a coma following a stroke, but learned to sing again after extensive rehabilitation. His death in 2005 robbed the world of one of its most soulful voices.
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Charles, Ray Cooke, Sam Dells (The) Franklin, Aretha Gaye, Marvin Green, Al (Vocals) LaBelle, Patti Melvin, Harold Pendergrass, Teddy Redding, Otis Ross, Diana Warwick, Dionne White, Barry Withers, Bill