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Essential Luther Vandross Original recording remastered

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A 2-CD, 30-track love story by R&B's master storyteller! From funky dance tracks to sultry ballads, from his 1981 debut Never Too Much to his duets with Janet Jackson ( The Best Things in Life Are Free ) and Mariah Carey ( Endless Love ), all his best are here: Never Too Much; Superstar; Give Me the Reason; Any Love; So Amazing; Wait for Love; Here and Now; Creepin' , and more!

Disc: 1
1. Any Love
2. So Amazing
3. Wait For Love
4. For You To Love
5. I (Who Have Nothing)- Duet With Martha Wash
6. Anyone Who Had A Heart
7. A House Is Not A Home
8. Never Too Much
9. Since I Lost My Baby
10. Stop To Love
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Disc: 2
1. Knocks Me Off My Feet
2. Goin' Out Of My Head
3. If Only For One Night
4. Creepin'
5. She's So Good to Me
6. Give Me The Reason
7. She Loves Me Back
8. The Night I Fell In Love
9. If This World Were Mine Single Version Cheryl Lynn (Featuring Luther
10. Vandross)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00009P1LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By guillermoj on July 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although I agree with reviewers who are upset that there have been so many attempts to cash in on Luther Vandross' alleged "best of" (and almost all of them with the exception of 1989's "Best of Love" are sorely lacking), this 2 CD set is truly the only one that fits the bill and deserves 5 stars as it dos not skip on the "essential" and is sequenced seemlessly. Also, there is no filler to be found in this collection, unlike most 2 CD "essentials" that should be (at best) reduced to one CD.
With the exception of 1985's "The Night I Fell In Love" (which may be in my top 20 list of my favorite releases (which will exclude greatest hits releases to even up the field) most of Luther's albums have not been outstanding on the whole as there have been some "sameness", especially when it comes to the musical productions or instruments in vogue when originally recorded, but this collection takes care of that limitation but putting the most catchy songs on it as well as classic remakes and duets (when duets were more than marketing ploys or ego gratification efforts) and simply make both CD's a pleasure to listen to again and again. Also, unlike other releases, none of the songs is reduced to the "single" release, which tends to cut off songs either for space considerations or just because. Can you imagine "If This World Were Mine" or "(I) Who Have Nothing" not released as they were intended? Thank Epic or Luther for not cutting off songs.
I understand that some would not want to shell out more money if they've bought one the previous "lesser" alleged best of Luther releases, but this is the one to own and replaces 1989's "Best of Love" as the must have set "If Only For One Night".... Enjoy!
Here's to Luther gaining more strength and overcoming his current health challenges.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL ACUNA on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Essential Luther Vandross" was originally released in 2003 before his illness and untimely death.
Many of the songs that introduced Luther to the world are included here and they once again gave me goose bumps as I listened to these 2 CD's, re-experiencing the emotional wallop and other-worldly effect of Vandross's style and magical tenor voice.
Cut 6, Disc 1: "I Who Have Nothing" begins an unrelentingly beautiful chain of songs that ends with "Here and Now" some 9 songs later.
Listening to what Vandross and Martha Walsh do on the old war-horse, "I Who Have Nothing" and I can't help but be reminded that Vandross spent time in his life as a Vocal Arranger: the interplay and dynamics between he and Walsh, the magical side-by-side glissandos, the total emotional commitment make this song as pure a masterpiece as anything, ever in popular music.
And the next song? Vandross's penultimate recording of Bacharach's "Anyone Who Had a Heart" once the total domain of Dionne Warwick but now of Luther's. And if these two don't floor you, there's "A House is Not a Home" with Luther's spectacular vocal riffing ending this song like a fireworks show: multi-colored, dramatic, dynamic and emotionally available.
There is no doubt that Vandross possesses one of the great popular voices of our lifetime and along with Roberta Flack (so human, so real, so warm), Lauryn Hill (likewise, warm, womanly, committed) to name a couple...he only takes on songs that he can emotionally eviscerate and make his own. He is not a surface singer, merely content to sing the notes on key (which he always does...he is a consummate musician as well), he invests his performances with His reality, His Soul and ultimately His Love.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I recently bought this 2 CD set @ a local warehouse club. I was looking for one collection that offered all Mr. Vandross' greatest songs. I did consider the 1999 "Greatest Hits" release, then I found this wonderful 2003, 30 track set. I really liked the fact that all the tracks featured were "handpicked by Luther himself" and that the songs were remastered. I only wish that since this is a sony music disc it should've been available in their (superior) SACD format. The legend of Luther Vandross will never die. Great collection
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on July 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I don't know whose music might have endured worse damaged from being constantly recycled onto useless compilations so many numerous times the way that Luther Vandross' songs have with these mostly lame collections. I find it saddening to see these powerful and uplifting songs being recycled to death on these numerous compilations. Is it like, they release a compilation of recycled material every time a new proper studio album is released?
From what I'm guessing there are like eight or nine of them now:
Here's the list that I can think of:
1. Best of Luther Vandross
2. Love Is On The Way
3. Best of Love Volume 2: One Night With You
4. Greatest Hits
5. Always & Forever: The Classics
6. Super Hits
7. Ultimate Luther Vandross
8. The Very Best of Love
9. Essential Luther Vandross
As I can remember while writing this review, there are nine compilations, and these were all released in just the last 15 years, too short of a time for releasing so many compilations. Are Sony too clueless as to realizing how many compilations they have released are has the label become enshrouded in greed and egotism.
All of these songs on here are absolutely classic and are among the best R&B classics of all-time but come on!! Why don't Sony released a live album or even a Box Set of B-Sides and/or previously unreleased studio recordings from Vandross' extremely spectacular career? That's what Sony needs to do. Stop recycling these same songs over and over again and instead release two boxed sets, one being live recordings over the years, and the other being B-Sides/Rarities Boxed Set. Now that would be totally awesome! I would especially go for the "B-Sides" boxed set idea myself but that's just my opinion.
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