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Never Too Much Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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With this 1981 debut, former session and jingle singer Luther Vandross ushered in a new, lush, and shamelessly romantic era of male R&B--from the opening kick of "Never Too Much" to the sweeping ecstasy of his cover of "A House Is Not a Home" (covering pop standards would become one of Luther's trademarks). Never Too Much showcases seamless song craft, impeccable arrangements, and a voice that defines nuanced passion. Listen to Luther work his sensual magic and imagine a young Maxwell listening to Mom and Pop's albums and knowing that this is the way to get the girls. --Amy Linden


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  1. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much - Wembley Stadium 1989 (Live) 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Don't You Know That? 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005MKDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Det. Abilene on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the best debut album of the eighties, Luther's first solo album is an energetic masterpiece that soars from beginning to end without hitting a single false note. Luther was already producing all of his material, and he always seems to know exactly what a song needs. Everything is flawlessly arranged, with a perfect balance struck among the instruments, synths, and background vocals. Luther solely wrote six of the record's seven tracks, and he had already mastered the art of crafting strong hooks, interlaced with non-cliched lyrics. It may surprise fans of Luther's later, more laid back recordings, that the bulk of NEVER TOO MUCH contains up-tempo material.

The infectious title track is definitely the best-known track here, but every cut on this record is a classic. The post-disco dance tracks "Sugar And Spice" and "I've Been Working" are irresistible, and the harder sounds of "Don't You Know That?" and "She's A Super Lady" rival even the best funk recordings. Luther slowed things down with the touching mid-tempo "You Stopped Loving Me," which brings us to the disc's only ballad - and it's the highlight among highlights. Luther's gorgeous, heart-breaking rendition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "A House Is Not A Home" is one of the most perfect marriages between a singer and a song. Luther recorded many more covers over the years, many of which were quite excellent, although he never surpassed the intimate power of his take on this classic.

Luther instantly connected with the public, and had achieved a considerable fan base virtually overnight. NEVER TOO MUCH hit #19 on the Hot 200, and impressively reached Double-Platinum status in sales.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on August 2, 2002
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No one could have predicted that Luther Vandross would have such an enormous impact and influence on modern R&B when this first LP came out in 1981, but the ensuing decade not only proved his popularity, but saw his gift deepen and improve through the years. "Never Too Much" is still his most flawless LP and it's easy to see why it remains a popular favorite over 20 years after it's release. The title track with it's deep, snapping basslines, sweeping arrangement and brisk vocal delivery is a modern classic that hasn't aged a day. "Don't You Know That?" is my favorite track simply because it's so catchy and elegant, the guitar lick and stop/start rhythm will hook you and never let go. His tour-de-force rendering of the classic "A House Is Not A Home" has become a standard in it's own right and you haven't lived until you've seen it performed live (I saw him in '96 at the Hampton Jazz Fest and he stretched this baby out for nearly 15 minutes! It was awesome!) with every nuance accented perfectly.
The rest of "Never...." isn't too shabby either, "Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl)" is another funky, uptempo highlight that elevates this LP to the level of art. All of the "Early Luther" LP's are highly reccommended, but this first outing is still the one to beat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lavenderbyrd on July 29, 2007
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For those who collect EVERYTHING Luther has done, I offer the following info in case you don't already have it. Luther did so much session work as a backup singer and/or arranger, that it would take days to list it all. So I am just listing the highlights. In 1973 Luther recorded a duet with Delores Hall on her LP "HALL MARK". The song is "WHO'S GONNA MAKE IT EASIER FOR ME?". In 1976 Luther formed a quintet and released an album on the Cotillion label called "LUTHER". Then as a trio, Luther released another LP called "LUTHER- THIS CLOSE TO YOU" in 1977. Luther did a very wise thing as soon as he made big money- he bought the rights to those 2 albums so that no one could re-release them after he became famous. In 1979, Luther appeared on the following soundtrack- "SUNNYSIDE" - THE NEW YORK CITY BAND (a movie starring John Travolta's brother Joey in a teen gang drama). The full album is available on you tube and it sounds like he sings lead on 2 of the 8 songs. Lots of people get this band confused with The Big Apple Band - Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards/Tony Thompson group with lead singer Bobby Cotter, before they changed their name to CHIC in 1977. Check out their 2 videos on You Tube- one has them performing You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees. And of course it is well-known Luther sang lead on a couple songs when he was part of the group CHANGE. He sings lead on 2 songs from their 1980 debut album- "THE GLOW OF LOVE", and those songs are "SEARCHING" and "THE GLOW OF LOVE". The following year he released his debut album "NEVER TOO MUCH". And what a debut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MT Edwards on September 5, 2005
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Luther Vandross was born to sing! By the time his debut album hit the streets, Mr Vandross was already one of the most sought-after singers in the business. "Never Too Much" is an entertaining soulful album that showcased real music before synthesizers and drum machines were the norm.

Luther also established himself as an accomplished songwriter, producer and arranger. To prove this point, some two years after releasing his debut, Luther was collaborating with his musical idols: Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross - not bad at all!

The album kicks off with the title track which is a bright and breezy up-tempo number. It has the kind of catchy chorus that you find yourself singing along to. Musically, it was produced in a way that you can hear each instrument. Marcus Miller's bass provided the funky backdrop that would feature prominently on future Vandross albums.

Other tracks worth noting are:

"Sugar And Spice" - a solid old school groove and my favourite up-tempo track. It's a real feel-good track.

"Don't You Know That" is a delightful mid-tempo number.

The middle tracks flow quite nicely and we then come to the final number:

"A House Is Not A Home" is a ballad par excellence, and it demonstrated Luther's considerable nuanced vocal talents. It was Luther's desire to sing about the more sensitive part of love and relationships that gave his music its special identity - no one else sounded like him and I doubt that no one ever will.

It's sad to think that Luther is no longer with us. I'm glad that I followed his solo career right from the beginning and his solo debut would make a welcome addition to your collection
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