Dance With My Father CD (2003)

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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.

Specifications

Label Arista Records
SKU 60598837
UPC 828765188524
UPC 14 00828765188524
Format CD
Release Date 6/10/2003
Sales Rank 1142
Links
Author Luther Vandross
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance One Amazing Night
Compilation Appearance Dance
Compilation Appearance Best Of Quincy Jones-Millenniu
Compilation Appearance Love Songs Of The 80's
Compilation Appearance 80's Pop Hits
Compilation Appearance Ultimate 90's
Compilation Appearance 90s Pop Hits Box Set
Compilation Appearance Totally R&b
Compilation Appearance Soul Hits Of 80s
Compilation Appearance From Q With Love
Compilation Appearance Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Compilation Appearance Love's Holiday:gosepl Christmas
Compilation Appearance Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Love Songs 3
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Movie Songs
Compilation Appearance Platinum R b Party
Compilation Appearance Modern Bride Presents The Wedding Alb
Compilation Appearance Men Of Christmas
Compilation Appearance Easy 80S
Compilation Appearance Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:luther Vandross
Compilation Appearance So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Compilation Appearance Between The Sheets:volume 1
Compilation Appearance Dangerously In Love
Compilation Appearance Collaborations:25th Anniversary Colle
Associated Artist/Work Franklin, Aretha
Associated Artist/Work New York City Band
Technical Info
Engineer Gabriel Varde; "You Can Ask" Giz; Marcus Miller; Ray Bardani; Stan Wallace
CatalogID 51885
Lable Name J Records
Released 06/10/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 18s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828765188524
Musical Guests
Stevie Wonder
Cissy Houston
Queen Latifah
Foxy Brown
Busta Rhymes
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Producers: Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley Jr.
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.
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.
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).
Audio Mixers: "You Can Ask" Giz; Ray Bardani.
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.
Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
Arrangers: James Porte; Ivan Hampden; Skip Anderson; Marcus Miller; Nat Adderley, Jr.; Reed Vertelney; Rex Rideout.
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.
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
Disc 1
1 If I Didn't Know Better
2 Think About You
3 If It Ain't One Thing... - (featuring Foxy Brown)
4 Buy Me A Rose
5 Closer I Get To You, The - (with Beyonce Knowles)
6 Lovely Day - (featuring Busta Rhymes)
7 Dance With My Father
8 She Saw You
9 Apologize
10 Hit It Again - (featuring Queen Latifah)
11 Right In The Middle
12 Once Were Lovers
13 Lovely Day (Part II) - (remix, featuring Busta Rhymes)
14 They Said You Needed Me

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