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Live Radio City Music Hall 2003

Luther Vandross

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Recorded two months before his hospitalization for a serious stroke, Live 2003 at Radio City Music Hall is a welcome addition to the Luther Vandross' discography with absolutely no foreshadowing of the devastating event. Those who have only been exposed to his smooth croon on record are in for a treat. The cool pillow talk of his studio recordings is performed perfectly here, but live Vandross adds improvisational twists, stunning vocal theatrics, and some of the most entertaining banter with an audience ever heard. Absolutely effervescent (he declares at least half the songs "my favorite") the singer wins over the audience right away and it just keeps building from there. The band is tight, with Nat Adderley Jr. as leader and on keyboards, but vocals are the thing. You can always count on Vandross to have the best background singers, and here his interaction with them surpasses anything on his studio albums (their playful exchange on "Creepin'" is unbelievable). A slower "Here and Now" is monolithic and the 13 minutes of "Superstar" fly by like it was nothing. Going back to his days in the group Change for "Glow of Love" is a nice nod to the hardcore fans and a perfect, shimmering, disco closer. The keyboards could sure use an update from their '80s presets and Vandross' visual references don't come off so well on a mere CD, but these are small complaints. If there ever was an argument that you can own every one of his studio albums and still only know half the story, this proves it.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Never Too Much
Luther Vandross
00:04:03

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

2
Here And Now
Luther Vandross
00:07:41

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - David Elliott, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Terry Steele, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

3
Take You Out
Phil Hamilton
00:04:50

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Warryn Campbell, Composer, Lyricist - Harold Lilly, Composer, Lyricist - John Smith, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

4
Love Won't Let Me Wait
Luther Vandross
00:07:31

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Vinnie Barrett, Composer, Lyricist - Bobby Eli, Composer, Lyricist - Karl Martin, Keyboards - Arturo Tappin, Soprano Saxophone

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

5
Medley
Luther Vandross
00:12:49

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Jim Doris, Composer, Lyricist - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Karl Martin, Keyboards - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Leon Russell, Composer, Lyricist - Bonnie Bramlett, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

6
Stop To Love
Phil Hamilton
00:05:16

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Nat Adderley Jr., Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

7
If Only For One Night
Phil Hamilton
00:05:58

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Leon Russell, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

8
Medley
Luther Vandross
00:05:46

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Bernard Edwards, Composer, Lyricist - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Nile Rodgers, Composer, Lyricist - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Stevie Wonder, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

9
I'd Rather
Phil Hamilton
00:05:29

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Shep Crawford, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

10
A House Is Not a Home
Luther Vandross
00:10:19

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Brenda White-King - Valerie Pinkston - Pat Lacy - Burt Bacharach, Composer, Lyricist - Hal David, Composer, Lyricist - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

11
Glow Of Love
Max Feldman
00:05:34

Luther Vandross, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Nat Adderley, Jr., Director, Keyboards, Producer - Skip Anderson, Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Drums - John Harris, Recording Engineer - Roger Squitero, Percussion - Stan Wallace, Recording Engineer - Phil Hamilton, Guitar - RAY BARDANI, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass Guitar - Paul J. Falcone, Recording Engineer - Kevin Owens - Cindy Mizelle - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Brenda White-King - Fonzi Thornton - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Engineer - Valerie Pinkston - Jason Dale, Assistant Engineer - Pat Lacy - Max Feldman, Assistant Engineer - Hardi Kamsani, Assistant Engineer - Matt Snedecor, Assistant Engineer - Frank Filipetti, Mixing Engineer - Wayne Garfield, Composer, Lyricist - Mauro Malavasi, Composer, Lyricist - David Romani, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2003 BMG Music, a unit of BMG Music

Album Description

Recorded two months before his hospitalization for a serious stroke, Live 2003 at Radio City Music Hall is a welcome addition to the Luther Vandross' discography with absolutely no foreshadowing of the devastating event. Those who have only been exposed to his smooth croon on record are in for a treat. The cool pillow talk of his studio recordings is performed perfectly here, but live Vandross adds improvisational twists, stunning vocal theatrics, and some of the most entertaining banter with an audience ever heard. Absolutely effervescent (he declares at least half the songs "my favorite") the singer wins over the audience right away and it just keeps building from there. The band is tight, with Nat Adderley Jr. as leader and on keyboards, but vocals are the thing. You can always count on Vandross to have the best background singers, and here his interaction with them surpasses anything on his studio albums (their playful exchange on "Creepin'" is unbelievable). A slower "Here and Now" is monolithic and the 13 minutes of "Superstar" fly by like it was nothing. Going back to his days in the group Change for "Glow of Love" is a nice nod to the hardcore fans and a perfect, shimmering, disco closer. The keyboards could sure use an update from their '80s presets and Vandross' visual references don't come off so well on a mere CD, but these are small complaints. If there ever was an argument that you can own every one of his studio albums and still only know half the story, this proves it.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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