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Ultimate Luther Vandross

Luther VandrossAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000GPIPVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shine
2. Got You Home
3. Never Too Much
4. Take You Out
5. Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
6. Here And Now
7. Dance With My Father
8. A House Is Not A Home
9. Give Me The Reason
10. I'd Rather
11. Any Love
12. Power Of Love/Love Power
13. Think About You
14. Wait For Love
15. Your Secret Love
16. The Closer I Get To You ( featuring Beyonce Knowles )
17. Buy Me A Rose
18. Endless Love (Duet with Mariah Carey)

Editorial Reviews

The Ultimate Luther Vandross brings together all of his major hits, featuring 2 new songs previously unreleased anywhere, "Shine" and "Got You Home," as well as recently discovered gems from Vandross's early sessions with J Records.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Voice for the ages October 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther! May 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love it! This is the only L. Vandross music that I have, but it is a great collection. I miss his beautiful voice and this brings back memories: those of hearing his songs on the radio on a regular basis and the memories of parents who are longer with us and how he expresses his love for them.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Late Love Power August 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This past year, we've really lost a whole lot in the world of R&B music scene. From the horrific and shocking death of soul man and activist Lou Rawls, to the sad, tragic death of Pointer Sisters member June Pointer, who died from cancer a few months ago, there is so much we're losing in music and memory of so many great performers. That tragically happened as well last year with the terrible death of Luther Vandross. After battling a horrific fight from a disabilitating stroke, his loss was one of the most horrific blows ever. Now, nearly a year after his death, his memory and the sensual voice he left behind is honored with another greatest hits album.

The Ultimate Luther Vandross is a single disc reflection of Luther's golden voice that span his near 25 year career of great classic songs. Although there have been numerous greatest hits records of Luther's music that have been released and well-recognized like the 2003 Essential Luther Vandross within the past several years, this one gears itself as a re-introduction of his career to a younger generation who is more into acts like Beyonce', and Kelly Clarkson. Nevertheless, the collection does feature a lot of great songs like Power Of Love, his first hit A House Is Not A Home, the Grammy-winning Dance With My Father, Take You Out, and the well-rendered duets of Endless Love with Mariah Carey, and Closer I Get To You with Beyonce' Knowles to name a few. The album also includes a couple of never before released tracks Luther recorded prior to his death, such as the James Brown sampled R&B track Shine.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Seand67
Format:Audio CD
Wow, just what we need...another Luther Vandross compilation, and this is the 2nd one titled 'The Ultimate'. No thanks!! Legacy & J Records should really get together and work on Luther's Box Set, which would be TRULY Ultimate. How can you even think about condensing Luther's 20+ year career onto a single CD...It just can't be done, and this CD is nothing but another sampler disc. Too many classic songs were left off! No disrespect to Luther (he probably wouldn't even endorse this collection!!), but like most folks, I have all of his CDs, so buying another lame compilation is simply out of the question, especially since I make my own CDs that include what I want to hear. I did purchase the 2 new tracks ('Shine' & 'Got You Home') online, but let's hope that a Luther Vandross box set is in the works. This single disc 'Ultimate Luther Vandross' gets 2 stars, and that's because they keep recycling the same music over & over again.

As for the 2 previously unreleased songs, the results are mixed! 'Shine', which samples Chic's 'My Forbidden Lover', is an uptempto track that benefits from Luther's smooth vocals (plus stellar production by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis..this track is a winner!). 'Got You Home', which is an INFERIOR version of the 2001 hit 'Take You Out', should've stayed in the vaults of J-Records! It has a demo quality about it, and was recorded during the sessions for 'Luther Vandross' (2001, J Records). The song lacks a true identity, was probably cast aside when the superior 'Take You Out' was included on the 2001 CD.

My verdict...'The Ultimate Luther Vandross' is great for new fans or for anybody who doesn't have a single CD in their collection by the legend. Longtime fans don't need this CD, but I'd recommend getting the track 'Shine' as opposed to buying the entire CD. If you already have the Grammy Award winning 'Dance With My Father' CD, consider adding 'Shine' as a cool bonus track.

Peace, SD
(of 'Chaka's World')
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best April 21, 2008
By zayuni
Format:Audio CD
luther vandross was and is the only ultimate love doctor that i have known and his music says it all. he was a legend in this life and hopefully in his current life. RIP luther.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing him so...... September 16, 2007
By Sue
Format:Audio CD
This cd is a must for anyone who fell in love with the voice that was silenced too early. A must and a beautiful compliation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky Smooth Voice July 24, 2012
By Tina
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I forgot how much I really love this mans voice. I purchased all his cds when they were released but somehow missed this Ultimate Collection filled with all of my all time favorites, I used to go to see his concerts when he was in the NY area and I really miss that, but this CD brought back great memories and its always nice to have a long drive concert sing a long with Luther. I think everyone should own this CD, a voice to be missed and always to be cherished, just like going home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in everyone's collection!!
For R & B lovers, this is the ultimate collection of Luther songs!! There is not a day that goes by that I do not listen to part of this CD. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MaBelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy... great value... Thank YOU... +++++
Published 1 month ago by Richard DeVries
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
CD Case was broken right across the front
Published 1 month ago by Kerrie Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing With Your Father!!! Divine!!!
Love and Miss You Luther!!!
Published 3 months ago by Debra Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin Luther
I really love everything that Luther sang. I had the CD before but I can never get it away from my husband. He keeps it in his truck, so I decided to purchase another. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Story
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
This cd is everything I expected it to be and then some. I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Mae Corley
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
It was just what i wanted perfect described the same as the picture i will buy again excellent i love the product
Published 5 months ago by dianna
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KING OF R AND B!!!!
Well what can I say about Luther Vandross that already hasn't been said. He is one of our greatest American singers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by design123
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for your collection.
Such a wonderful collection of timeless music. Nobody feels a song like Luther Vandross! Several songs brought tears to my eyes. Great music for hopeless romantics like me!
Published 5 months ago by Robin Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Luther at his best
If I am being honest, I have bought some Luther Vandross compilation albums that have been a bit of a rip-off i.e. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shirley A. Jones
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