Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’ is his debut album released on August 12, 1981 by Epic.
Track Listing : 1.Never Too Much (Luther Vandross) – 03:50 . 2.Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl) (Luther Vandross) – 04:57 . 3.Don’T You Know That? (Luther Vandross) – 04:01 . 4.I’Ve Been Working (Luther Vandross) – 06:35 . 5.She’S A Super Lady (Luther Vandross) – 05:04 . 6.You Stopped Loving Me (Luther Vandross) – 05:16 . 7.A House Is Not A Home (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 07:07
Musicians : Luther Vandross – Vocals . Nat Adderley, Jr. – Keyboards, Vocals (Background) . Anthony Jackson – Bass . Steve Love – Guitar . Marcus Miller – Bass . Leon Pendarvis – Arranger . Paul Riser – Horn, Strings . Georg “Jojje” Wadenius – Guitar . Ed Walsh – Synthesizer . Buddy Williams – Drums . Bashiri Johnson – Congas, Percussion . Billy King – Congas . William King – Congas . Errol Crusher Bennett – Congas, Percussion . Norma Jean Wright – Vocals (Background) . Brenda White – Vocals (Background) . Phillip Ballou – Vocals (Background) . Tawatha Agee – Vocals (Background) . Michelle Cobbs – Vocals (Background) . Cissy Houston – Vocals (Background) . Yvonne Lewis – Vocals (Background) . Sybil Thomas – Vocals (Background) . Fonzi Thornton – Vocals (Background)
Production : Produced By Luther Vandross, Larkin Arnold . Carl Beatty – Engineer . Michael Brauer – Engineer, Mixing . Greg Calbi – Mastering . Lincoln Clapp – Assistant Engineer . Andy Hoffman – Assistant Engineer . Nicky Kalliongis – Assistant Engineer . Gregg Mann – Assistant Engineer . Joseph M. Palmaccio – Mastering . Don Wershba – Assistant Engineer
Package : Brian Chin – Liner Notes . William Coupon – Photography . Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . Karen Katz – Art Direction . Hutaff Lennon – Wardrobe
Recorded 1980–1981 At Media Sound Studios (New York City, New York).
Released On August 12, 1981 By Epic.
SolidRaiden22 @ RateYourMusic
Luther’s extraordinary and gifted voice drives the whole thing forwardand he’s aided by solid production that has aged better than you might expect. A good starting point for those looking to get into his work. […]
…songwriting doesn’t matter all that much. So Vandross can attach tropes like “sugar and spice” and “she’s a super lady” to undistinguished melodies and make me like them. […]
I know you’re all thinking not this worn out old pop, sold millions – nothing special about this record! And you’re not completely wrong just when you do have one for your private listening pleasure, scratching it about, mixing it with other boogie funk from back in the 80′s, marveling at the classic slapbass perfomance of Marcus Miller or simply playing the absolutely stunning opening break […]