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Format: CD
Sku: 60598837
UPC: 828765188524
UPC 14: 00828765188524
Release Date: 6/10/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. If I Didn't Know Better ~ Luther Vandross
2. Think About You ~ Luther Vandross
3. If It Ain't One Thing... - (featuring Foxy Brown) ~ Luther Vandross
4. Buy Me A Rose ~ Luther Vandross
5. Closer I Get To You, The - (with Beyonce Knowles) ~ Luther Vandross
6. Lovely Day - (featuring Busta Rhymes) ~ Luther Vandross
7. Dance With My Father ~ Luther Vandross
8. She Saw You ~ Luther Vandross
9. Apologize ~ Luther Vandross
10. Hit It Again - (featuring Queen Latifah) ~ Luther Vandross
11. Right In The Middle ~ Luther Vandross
12. Once Were Lovers ~ Luther Vandross
13. Lovely Day (Part II) - (remix, featuring Busta Rhymes) ~ Luther Vandross
14. They Said You Needed Me ~ Luther Vandross
 
One voice towers above the rest… a scorching new chapter from the worlds greatest R&B male vocalist

DANCE WITH MY FATHER is the latest triumph for a singer who like a handful of superstars is immediately identifiable by first name alone. Say the name ‘Luther’ and record buyers the world over respond immediately. The five-time GRAMMY® winner, whose cumulative global sales top over 25 million copies, has been offering his distinctive brand of satin smooth vocal magic to international audiences year in and year out for over two decades.

It’s his fifteenth album in a star-studded career filled with accomplishment and achievement, DANCE WITH MY FATHER is the much-anticipated follow up to his 2001’s platinum-plus eponymous J Records debut. Self-produced, along with longtime associates Nat Adderley Jr. and Marcus Miller, 2003’s DANCE WITH MY FATHER finds international superstar Luther Vandross examining aspects of life, love and relationships "from different perspectives. If you listen to the groove music and the overall sound of the music, it’s like, ‘yes, this is the Luther we know’ but you might miss the subtlety and nuances in the songs. If you recited the lyrics that I wrote for this record, you could see that there’s something being said…"

DANCE WITH MY FATHER also features killer collaborations with Beyonce Knowles, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah and Foxy Brown.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Luther Vandross (vocals); Beyonce Knowles, (vocals); Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah (rap vocals); Robbie Nevil (guitar, keyboards); Brion James, Victor Vega, Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Nat Adderley Jr. (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Chris James (piano); James Porte, Marcus Miller (keyboards, programming); Skip Anderson (keyboards, vibraphone); Byron Miller (bass); Ivan Hampden (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Cissy Houston, Tawatha Agee, Cindy Mizelle, Brenda White-King, Khadijah Mohammed, Ulisa Ivey, James "D Train" Williams, Michael Harvey, Ricky McDonald, Fonzi Thornton (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley Jr.
Muze PNote Recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, New York; Beartracks Studios, Suffern, New York; Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, California; Skip Trip-Algoryhthm Studios, Belle Mead, New Jersey.
Muze PNote DANCE WITH MY FATHER won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Dance With My Father" won for Song Of The Year and for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The song was also nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and for Best R&B Song. "The Closer I Get To You" won for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
Muze PNote Personnel: Luther Vandross (vocals, background vocals); Foxy Brown , Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes (vocals); Robbie Nevil (guitar, keyboards); Brion James, Ricky Watford "Bishop", V¡ctor Vega, Jay Williams, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Phil Hamilton, Rick Watford (guitar); Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Nat Adderley, Jr. (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Chris James (piano); Skip Anderson (keyboards, vibraphone, programming); Ivan Hampden (drums, keyboard programming, drum programming); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Reed Vertelney (programming, keyboard programming, drum programming); Marcus Miller (keyboard programming, drum programming, background vocals); James Porte, Rex Rideout, Richard Marx (keyboard programming, drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Cissy Houston, Brenda White-King, April Owens, Candace Thomas, Joyce James, Fonzi Thornton, Rick McDonald, Michael J, James "D-Train" Williams , RL, Sharon Bryant, Tawatha Agee, Big Bub (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: "You Can Ask" Giz; Ray Bardani.
Muze PNote Recording information: Beartracks Studios, Suffern, NY; Dengen, Torrance, CA; Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Hannnibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Playground Minimansion Studios, NJ; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Skip Trip-Algorhythm Studios, Belle Mead, NJ; The Dengen, Torrance, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
Muze PNote Arrangers: James Porte; Ivan Hampden; Skip Anderson; Marcus Miller; Nat Adderley, Jr.; Reed Vertelney; Rex Rideout.
Muze PNote Life can be cruel and nowhere is this more apparent than when Luther Vandross was felled by a stroke just prior to the release of DANCE WITH MY FATHER. For the most personal of his 15 albums, Vandross dipped into the worlds of R&B and hip-hop for help on a handful of songs. Checking in are Beyonce Knowles playing Donny Hathaway to Luther's Roberta Flack on a lush reading of "The Closer I Get to You" that finds the roles flipped and Busta Rhymes hopping aboard a thumping cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" (that includes a Part II). Also helping out with the heavy lifting are Queen Latifah on the snappy "Hit It Again" with its crackling rhythms, and bad-girl Foxy Brown who brings plenty of attitude to the sassy "If It Ain't One Thing." For all the celebrity cameos, Vandross is most successful when he masterfully changes gears into his guise as pop's premiere balladeer. With his velvety croon, this New York City native reminisces about better times on the wistful "Once Were Lovers" (featuring a moving Stevie Wonder harmonica solo) and also delivers the heartfelt title track, a self-described career song dedicated to Vandross' late father.

Engineer: Gabriel Varde; "You Can Ask" Giz; Marcus Miller; Ray Bardani; Stan Wallace

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Stevie Wonder
Muze Guest Artist Cissy Houston
Muze Guest Artist Queen Latifah
Muze Guest Artist Foxy Brown
Muze Guest Artist Busta Rhymes

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Christmas
Muze Music Compilations One Amazing Night
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations 90s Pop Hits Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Quincy Jones-Millenniu
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of 80s
Muze Music Compilations Dance
Muze Music Compilations Timeless Soul Ballads
Muze Music Compilations From Q With Love
Muze Music Compilations 80's Pop Hits
Muze Music Compilations Today's Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Wdas Classic Soul Hits:vol 10
Muze Music Compilations Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas!
Muze Music Compilations R&b Christmas Classics
Muze Music Compilations In The Night / Instant Love
Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Collection
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs 3
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Stars Come Out At Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Playlist Plus: A Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Everybody Dance Now Remixed Remolded
Muze Music Compilations R&b Christmas 0605
Muze Music Compilations Gospel Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Men Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations We Love The Nightlife(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations Heat (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:joy Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:luther Vandross
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations Classic Soul Hits Gold Edition
Muze Music Compilations Christmas Classics:yesterday Today
Muze Music Compilations Platinum R b Party
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Classic Soul Ballads Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Martha Stewart Living Music:tradition

Associated Artists and Works

Franklin, Aretha
New York City Band
Duets ~ Sinatra, Frank
Duets [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ~ Sinatra, Frank
Forever, For Always, For Luther ~ Various Artists
A Smooth Jazz Tribute to Luther Vandross ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/10/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 51885
Music Label Name Label : J Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00828765188524

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (6/26/03, p.72)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...He reinterprets pop and R&B classics masterfully, and his detailed lyrics give his own sleek ballads a lived-in presence..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/20/03, p.72)
- "...The melding of old and new actually works..." - Rating: B

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