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Your Secret Love

Luther Vandross

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Luther Vandross' tenth new studio album has much in common with its predecessors. It is filled with midtempo love ballads in which Vandross emotes over tasteful R&B gospel arrangements, mostly writing his own songs, but also finding room for a couple of pop favorites -- in this case, Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and the old Little Anthony and the Imperials hit "Goin' Out of My Head." As steeped as he is in the nomenclature of R&B vocal expressionism, Vandross as usual sounds more self-involved than romantically devoted. His references have always seemed not so much real emotions as other love songs, which makes him something of an anomaly: a formalist in a field at least nominally defined by excess of feeling. Of course, that's always been something of a conceit, which may be why the traditional R&B audience faithfully takes Vandross to its bosom each time out, while his relationship to the pop audience, after a flirtation in the early '90s, remains largely unconsummated. He may profess "Endless Love," but pop fans are only willing to believe him when he's singing with a diva like Mariah Carey. Give Vandross credit, he wants to be taken on his own terms, which is why he released his own songs, the title track and "I Can Make It Better," as the singles instead of going for a trendy R&B hit with "I Can't Wait No Longer (Let's Do This)," which features a rap by Deidra "Spin" Roper of Salt-N-Pepa, or trying to make "Goin' Out of My Head" a pop hit for the third time. Such integrity is probably what kept the album from selling beyond Vandross' existing fan base; lucky for him, there were a million of them.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Your Secret Love (Album Version)
00:04:12

Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Reed Vertelney, Keyboards - Reed Vertelney, Bass - Al Schmidt, Performer - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - John Anderson, Keyboards - John Anderson, Bass - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - R. Vertelney, Composer - R. Vertelney, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Vocal - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist

(P) 1986 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Love Don't Love You Anymore (Album Version)
00:05:12

Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Vocal Arranger - Luther Vandross, Performer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - David Lasley, Background Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Lisa Fischer, Background Vocal - Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Leon Pendarvis, Background Vocal - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Al Schmidt, Performer - Cheryl Lynn, Background Vocal - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - John Anderson, Drums - John Anderson, Keyboards - John Anderson, Bass - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
It's Hard For Me To Say Goodbye (Album Version)
00:04:35

Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - J. Anderson, Composer - J. Anderson, Lyricist - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Al Schmidt, Performer - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - John Anderson, Drums - John Anderson, Piano - John Anderson, Bass - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Vocal Arranger - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

4
Crazy Love (Album Version)
00:05:13

Jeremy Lubbock, Conductor - Jeremy Lubbock, Orchestrator - Allan Rich, Composer - Allan Rich, Lyricist - R. Lerner, Composer - R. Lerner, Lyricist - M. Malamet, Composer - M. Malamet, Lyricist - Jules Chaiken, Performer - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Darryl Richards, Flute - D. Lasley, Composer - D. Lasley, Lyricist - Al Schmidt, Performer - John Anderson, Piano - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Mark Hollingworth, Flute - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
I Can Make It Better (Album Version)
00:05:35

Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Marcus Miller, Composer - Marcus Miller, Lyricist

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
Too Proud To Beg (Album Version)
00:04:51

Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Reed Vertelney, Arranger - Reed Vertelney, Drums - Reed Vertelney, Keyboards - Reed Vertelney, Bass - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Ivan Hampden, Performer - Al Schmidt, Performer - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - R. Vertelney, Composer - R. Vertelney, Lyricist - John Anderson, Arranger - John Anderson, Keyboards - John Anderson, Bass - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Arranger - Luther Vandross, Vocal Arranger - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Composer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
I Can't Wait No Longer (Let's Do This) (Album Version)
00:05:40

Deidra "Spin" Roper, Rap Performed By - Deidra Roper, Composer - Deidra Roper, Lyricist - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Al Schmidt, Performer - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Luther Vandross featuring Deidre "Spin" Roper of Salt-n-Pepa, Performer - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Background Vocal - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - David I. Ward, Recording Engineer - Marcus Miller, Composer - Marcus Miller, Lyricist - Marcus Miller, Producer - Marcus Miller, Background Vocal - Marcus Miller, Programmer - Marcus Miller, Performer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Nobody To Love (Album Version)
00:05:46

Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Al Schmidt, Performer - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Vocal Arranger - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Composer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Marcus Miller, Keyboards - Marcus Miller, Guitar - Marcus Miller, Programmer - Marcus Miller, Producer - Marcus Miller, Arranger - David I. Ward, Programmer - David I. Ward, Recording Engineer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer - M. Miller, Composer - M. Miller, Lyricist

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Whether Or Not The World Gets Better (Album Version)
00:05:32

Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer - Nat Adderly, Jr., Arranger - Nat Adderly, Jr., Piano - Al Schmidt, Performer - Lisa Fisher, Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - John Anderson, Arranger - John Anderson, Synthesizer - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Composer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Vocal - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Arranger - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Ray Bardani, Recording Engineer - Marcus Miller, Bass - Yogi Horton, Drums - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Luther Vandross featuring Lisa Fischer, Performer - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

10
This Time I'm Right (Album Version)
00:05:07

Ray Bardani, Recording Engineer - Mike Baumgartner, 2nd Engineer - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Executive Producer - Luther Vandross, Vocal Arranger - Luther Vandross, Performer - Luther Vandross, Lyricist - Luther Vandross, Composer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Byron Miller, Bass - Max Risenhoover, Edited By - David Lasley, Background Vocal - Nat Adderly, Jr., Arranger - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - Lisa Fischer, Background Vocal - Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - Leon Pendarvis, Background Vocal - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion - Paul J. Falcone, 2nd Engineer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Al Schmidt, Performer - Cheryl Lynn, Background Vocal - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - John Anderson, Arranger - John Anderson, Drums - John Anderson, Keyboards - John Anderson, Bass - Kyle Bess, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
Knocks Me off My Feet (Album Version)
00:03:44

Nat Adderly, Jr., Keyboards - Ivan Hampden, Percussion - Ivan Hampden, Drums - Luther Vandross, Vocal - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - S. Wonder, Composer - S. Wonder, Lyricist - Al Schmidt, Performer - Nat Adderley Jr., Producer - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Goin' Out Of My Head (Album Version)
00:05:17

Cissy Houston, Background Vocal - Cindy Mizelle, Background Vocal - B. Weinstein, Composer - B. Weinstein, Lyricist - Brenda White-King, Background Vocal - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocal - Nat Adderly, Jr., Piano - Ivan Hampden, Drums - Al Schmidt, Performer - Nat Adderley Jr., Producer - T. Randazzo, Composer - T. Randazzo, Lyricist - Paulette McWilliams, Background Vocal - Paul Jackson Jr., Guitar - John Anderson, Keyboards - Luther Vandross, Vocal - Luther Vandross, Producer - Luther Vandross, Performer - Fonzi Thornton, Background Vocal - Marcus Miller, Bass

(P) 1996 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Luther Vandross' tenth new studio album has much in common with its predecessors. It is filled with midtempo love ballads in which Vandross emotes over tasteful R&B gospel arrangements, mostly writing his own songs, but also finding room for a couple of pop favorites -- in this case, Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and the old Little Anthony and the Imperials hit "Goin' Out of My Head." As steeped as he is in the nomenclature of R&B vocal expressionism, Vandross as usual sounds more self-involved than romantically devoted. His references have always seemed not so much real emotions as other love songs, which makes him something of an anomaly: a formalist in a field at least nominally defined by excess of feeling. Of course, that's always been something of a conceit, which may be why the traditional R&B audience faithfully takes Vandross to its bosom each time out, while his relationship to the pop audience, after a flirtation in the early '90s, remains largely unconsummated. He may profess "Endless Love," but pop fans are only willing to believe him when he's singing with a diva like Mariah Carey. Give Vandross credit, he wants to be taken on his own terms, which is why he released his own songs, the title track and "I Can Make It Better," as the singles instead of going for a trendy R&B hit with "I Can't Wait No Longer (Let's Do This)," which features a rap by Deidra "Spin" Roper of Salt-N-Pepa, or trying to make "Goin' Out of My Head" a pop hit for the third time. Such integrity is probably what kept the album from selling beyond Vandross' existing fan base; lucky for him, there were a million of them.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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