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.
This collection documents the two-decades-plus recording career of R&B icon Luther Vandross. Even before he started putting out records under his own name, he was a first-call session singer (he's the one who created and sang the chorus hook on David Bowie's "Young Americans," for just one example). Throughout the '80s and the '90s, he was (both commercially and aesthetically) one of the most consistently successful R&B singer/songwriter/producers. This healthy two-disc selection of highlights from the impressive Vandross catalogue moves deftly from heartfelt ballads ("A House is Not a Home") to percolating, poppy numbers ("Never Too Much"), spotlighting the man's mellifluous voice and tasteful phrasing at each turn. This is quite clearly the definitive career summary for this deeply influential R&B titan.
Never Let Me Go is the eighth studio album (ninth overall) by American R&B recording artist Luther Vandross, released on May 26, 1993 in North America by Epic. It was his first studio album not to chart at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The title track was originally recorded by Johnny Ace. The album became the third consecutive top-ten album on the Billboard 200 for Vandross, peaking at number six. His cover of the Bee Gees hit, "How Deep Is Your Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 36th Grammy Awards in March 1994. Additionally, album cuts "Little Miracles (Happen Every Day)" and "Heaven Knows" received nominations in the Best R&B Song category.
No ten-track compilation could possibly come close to providing the most casual Luther Vandross fan with what she or he needs. That said, S.O.U.L. – part of an extensive line from Sony Music Special Products – is a relatively cheap disc that does offer a decent sampling of Vandross' hits across three decades, from 1981's "Never Too Much" to 2003's "Dance with My Father." Other essentials, such as "Give Me the Reason," "A House Is Not a Home," "Power of Love/Love Power," are included, but this is a mere fraction of the singer's excellent output.
The Night I Fell in Love is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released by Epic in March 1985. In 1986, Vandross garnered a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and two American Music Awards, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. The first single "'Til My Baby Comes Home" is notable for featuring Billy Preston on organ. The Night I Fell in Love reached number nineteen on the US Billboard 200 album chart and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, it was ranked #93 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s. The album was later be certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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"), and the ballad Got You Home which could serve as a sequel to Take You Out (from 2001's Luther Vandross), both of which are front-loaded in the sequence. Vandross was clearly one of the greatest singers of all time and this collection shows it.
Soundtrack to 1979 film "Sunnyside" starring John Travolta's brother Joey. The soundtrack features the delightful vocals of Luther Vandross, whom needs no introduction.
Luther Vandross was one of the most successful R&B artists of the 1980s and '90s. Not only did he score a series of multi-million-selling albums containing chart-topping hit singles and perform sold-out tours of the U.S. and around the world, but he also took charge of his music creatively, writing or co-writing most of his songs and arranging and producing his records. He also performed these functions for other artists, providing them with hits as well.