|Personnel: Luther Vandross (background vocals); Marcus Miller (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); Sybil Thomas, Cindy Mizelle, Cissy Houston, Brenda White-King, Darlene Love, Charlotte Crossley, David Lasley, Tamira C. Sanders, Fonzi Thornton, Genobia Jeter, Phillip Ballou, Pat Joyner, Kevin Owens, Myrna Smith-Schilling, Jim Gilstrap, Johnny Britt, Lisa Fischer, Alex Brown, Lynn Davis , Alfa Anderson, Patti Austin, Paulette McWilliams, Phil Perry, Phillip Ingram, Ava Cherry, Tawatha Agee, Yvonne Lewis, Michelle Cobbs, Robin Clark (vocals); Doc Powell, Georg "Jojje" Wadenius, Jay Williams, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Babyface (guitar); Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Nat Adderley, Jr. (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Billy Preston (organ); Jimmy Jam (keyboards); John Anderson , Ed Walsh, Jason Miles , Skip Anderson (synthesizer); Yogi Horton, Buddy Williams (drums); Steve Kroon (congas, bongos); Paulinho Da Costa (congas, percussion, wind chime); Errol Crusher Bennett, Michael White , Sammy Figueroa, Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Alexander Richbourg (programming); Jonny B, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Reed Vertelney, Rex Rideout, Richard Marx (keyboard programming, drum programming); Bryan-Michael Cox (keyboard programming); Jason Rome (drum programming); Lauren Evans (background vocals).
|If the two-disc ESSENTIAL LUTHER VANDROSS isn't enough and the four-disc LOVE, LUTHER is too much, Epic/J/Legacy has the remedy (sort of) in the form of this three-disc box. Packaged like a DVD set, THE MUSIC OF LUTHER VANDROSS contains 45 songs and, for whatever reason, includes the live versions of "Stop to Love" and Change's "The Glow of Love"--two of Vandross' best-known songs, which most casual fans would prefer to have in original studio form. (Yet the compilers chose to include both studio and live versions of "Creepin'.") Many of Vandross' notable hits are featured--such as "Never Too Much," "Any Love," "Here and Now," "Give Me the Reason," and "Power of Love/Love Power"--but several major cuts are missing, including the Top 10 R&B singles "There's Nothing Better Than Love," "She Won't Talk to Me," and "Sometimes It's Only Love." While the box is crammed with quality material, there's no getting around the fact that it is less than ideal, no matter your level of Luther fandom.