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Performer: Luther Vandross
Artist: Mariah Carey; Darlene Love; Tower Of Power Horns; Lisa Fischer; Phil Perry; Jim Gilstrap; Lynn Davis
Distributor: Sony BMG
Notes: Personnel: Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Darlene Love (vocals); Dann Huff (acoustic & electric guitars); Walter Afanasieff (acoustic guitar, Hammond B-3, keyboards, Synclavier, programming); Dan Shea (keyboards, programming); Gary Cirimelli, Ren Klyce (programming); Tawatha Agee, Paulette McWilliams, Brenda White-King, Phillip Ingram, Johnny Britt, Fonzi Thornton, Robin Clark (background vocals); Alex Brown, Cindy Mizelle, Cissy Houston, Mari, Lisa Fischer, Phil Perry, Jim Gilstrap, Lynn Davis, Tower Of Power Horns. Recorded at The Hit Factory and Right Track Studios, New York; The Record Plant, Hollywood, California; Abbey Road Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by David Nathan. "Love The One You're With" was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, "Endless Love" was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration, "Always And Forever" was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and SONGS was nominated for Best R&B Album in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards. SONGS is a 1994 Luther Vandross collection of hits that were originally recorded by other artists. Luther's trademark smooth-crooner voice effortlessly works through such hits as "Love the One You're With," "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," and "Always and Forever." On smash hits from Lionel Richie ("Hello"), Burt Bacharach ("What the World Needs Now"), and Roberta Flack ("Killing Me Softly"), Vandross and producer Walter Afanasieff update the production, giving the songs a contemporary studio-fresh sheen. One of the album's best cuts is "Endless Love," in which Vandross is joined by Mariah Carey. SONGS makes plain the versatility and power of Luther Vandross.
Rolling Stone (2/23/95, p.74) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...this collection, brilliant in many spots, proves that Vandross is a master of musical reinterpretation..."
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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