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  • Audio Cassette (September 29, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Searching
2. The Glow of Love
3. Never Too Much
4. If This World Were Mine
5. A House Is Not a Home
6. Bad Boy/Having a Party
7. Since I Lost My Baby
8. Promise Me
9. 'Til My Baby Comes Home
10. If Only for One Night/Creepin'
Disc: 2
1. Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
2. Stop to Love
3. So Amazing
4. There's Nothing Better Than Love
5. Give Me the Reason
6. Any Love
7. I Really Didn't Mean It
8. Love Won't Let Me Wait
9. Treat You Right
10. Here and Now

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"Superstar/ Until you Come Back to Me" or "A House Is Not a Home" were tour de forces that cut deep into the hearts of those longing for that true, lasting love.
Clarissa Bolding
Well, look no further than this "Best of Luther Vandross" collection.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although Luther was really more of an album artist in the eighties (and please note that each of his eighties are worth owning in their own right!), however, he did manage to rack up a very impressive amount of hits on Billboard's R&B chart during this time. Although THE BEST OF LOVE understandably doesn't have the cohesion of Luther's proper eighties discs, it is an excellent introduction/summary of the man at his creative peak.

The hits included are "Never Too Much" (#33 Pop, #1 R&B, #4 Dance), "Bad Boy/Having A Party" (#55 Pop, #3 R&B), "If This World Were Mine" (#4 R&B), "Since I Lost My Baby" (#17 R&B), "Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me" (#4 R&B), "Til My Baby Comes Home" (#29 Pop, #4 R&B), "Give Me The Reason" (#57 Pop, #3 R&B), "Stop To Love" (#15 Pop, #1 R&B, #7 Adult Contemporary), "There's Nothing Better Than Love" (#50 Pop, #1 R&B, #20 Adult Contemporary), "I Really Didn't Mean It" (#6 R&B), and "Any Love" (#44 Pop, #1 R&B, #12 Adult Contemporary).

There are a few great lower-charting singles included, "Promise Me" (#72 R&B), "If Only For One Night/Creepin'" (#59 R&B), and "So Amazing" (#94 R&B). Also of note is the inclusion of the two singles that Luther recorded with the group Change, the anthem "Searching" and the often-sampled "Glow of Love," which is what led to Luther landing his solo recording contract with Columbia. There are also two non-single covers, "A House Is Not A Home" and "Love Won't Let Me Wait," that nonetheless became classics in their own right.

It is worth noting that there are some singles that are missing from the set, and a few of them were actually significant hits.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa Bolding on July 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Luther. He was known by one name. He was known for his voice. He was known as the master balladeer of love. Instantly recognized from the very first note. Silky. Smooth. Sensual. Soulful. Spiritual. Sophisticated. Surreal. Words simply cannot do justice to the voice and presence Luther Vandross possessed. So many people grew up on his music. Lived and loved to his music. First kisses. First slow dances. First heartbreaks. Weddings. Births. Other life transitions. Luther's music served as a constant soundtrack for so many special, life affecting events. It still does and always will.

The music of Luther Vandross has inspired so many. Lyrically, he could express emotions and give illustrations to feelings we've all shared but may not have known how to convey to another. Vocally, his delivery was nothing less than perfection. No one could sing a love song like Luther. He owned a passion and fire that could both scorch and soothe the very heart and soul. His voice, no, his instrument could be soft as a light spring rain or as strong and powerful as gusting winds whipping nature into frenzy. And he did it all seamlessly. Effortlessly. This man we all knew and loved like he was a part of our family. This man we would watch in awe as he glided across world stages impeccably dressed from head to toe, exuding complete class and style. This man who could turn a riff or ad lib into an emotional experience. This man who could bring tears to eyes and make heart's skip beats all from one note.

Live, Luther would send chill on top of chill through his female fans and have them screaming for more. And men weren't too far from doing the same. The things Luther Vandross could do with that instrument of his can never be duplicated. He was one of a kind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Hearing Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much" on this "Best of Love" collection recalls how fresh it sounded among 1981's funk/rap/R&B slammers ("Super Freak," "Bad Mamma Jamma," etc.) It had the best of two worlds; sparkling production and arrangement recalling what disco did best (courtesy of arranger Nat Adderly, Jr.); buttery, popping percussion by Marcus Miller, and a tour-de-force, tongue-twisting vocal by Vandross. It blueprinted a sound you hoped would last as long as the classic, finessed soul (think Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin, who wrote testimonials on the liner notes) that inspired it.
It did. Luther and his collaborators crafted immaculately produced, gorgeously sung originals and covers throughout his first five albums, the best gathered here. He slowly, slyly extracts the pain and yearning from Leon Russell's "Superstar" that the Carpenters' version overlooked. His voice rises like smoke around the romantic, tricky wordplay of Bacharach-David's "A House Is Not A Home" and Smokey Robinson's "Since I Lost My Baby." His originals (sparkling mid-tempo tunes like "Stop To Love," and "Till My Baby Comes Home") display a rhythm and countermelody sense validating Vandross' songcraft experience. (Before achieving his solo success, Luther sang on everything from commercials to David Bowie's "Young Americans" album, which he co-wrote.)
Much of Vandross' Top 40 success ("Endless Love," "Power of Love") followed this release, as would other greatest hits collections following his release from Epic Records. But "The Best of Love" is indeed Luther Vandross' best from the years he refreshed, then ruled, the R&B ballad. Highly recommended.
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