A greatest hits album from one of the most successful R&B artists of all time, Luther Vandross, is set for release by Sony Music Entertainment on Monday 10 November. Alongside Luther's most loved songs, 'The Greatest Hits' album will also feature a brand new unreleased track from the archives, 'Love It, Love It' which will receive its global first play on BBC Radio 2's The Ken Bruce Show on 3rd October. The album coincides with the 25th anniversary of Luther Vandross' record-breaking ten sold out Wembley Arena shows in 1989.
Sony Music will release Luther Vandross 'The Greatest Hits' as a special release only in the UK.
A soul singer/songwriter with a career that spanned 35 years with 14 studio albums and 8 Grammy Awards, Luther Vandross was regarded as one of the greatest male vocalists of all time. Coupled with his voice Luther Vandross' unique ability to write and sing emotive songs has seen his name continue to influence and his tracks resonate with the public long since he passed away nearly 10 years ago in 2005. As the UK sees a recent surge in soul and R&B infused music, Luther's work is more relevant than ever. Artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Ella Eyre, Rita Ora, Ella Henderson and Ed Sheeran have all been influenced by Luther's tone, range and versatility.
Nile Rodgers - "To this very day every record I make is basically some variation on that Luther theme, on that original session we did when we first started Chic."
Alicia Keys - "I think he's such a wonderful man that's left behind such a beautiful legacy. That's something that will truly inspire generations to come . His voice puts you in a space you can't help traveling through."
Mariah Carey - "It was intimidating to stand next to him, Luther was incomparable - his voice was velvety, smooth, airy, with an unmistakable tone."
The never heard before single track 'Love It, Love It' is a highlight of this greatest hits release and brings back the upbeat and soulful sounds of the much loved multi-platinum-selling artist. The original recording of the track was from 1994, around the time of the album release 'Never Let Me Go'.
'The Greatest Hits' album also includes 16 tracks spanning Luther's three decade career including hits 'Never Too Much', 'Dance With My Father', 'Hear and Now', 'Any Love', as well as his famous collaborations with Beyoncé on 'The Closer I Get To You' and Mariah Carey on 'Endless Love'.
Throughout his distinguished career, Luther Vandross received 31 Grammy Award nominations and tallied a total of 8 awards. In the UK he had four top 10 albums (one #1). For almost 25 years, from 1981 to 2005, Luther dominated the American R&B music charts like no other artist before or since. In that span Luther released 8 #1 R&B albums, 7 #1 R&B singles and another 5 Top 20 R&B singles. He achieved crossover status with 8 Billboard Top 10 albums, including reaching #1 with 2003's Dance With My Father; and another 5 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. From his introduction to the world as a singer on the first season of PBS's Sesame Street in 1969 to winning four Grammy Awards in 2004, Luther was a permanent and dynamic force in popular music. He crossed boundaries, starting with his earliest success as a background vocalist and arranger for David Bowie, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, J. Geils Band, Ben E. King, Ringo Starr and Chic. He produced records for Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston. This past June saw Luther honored with an historic Star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, cementing his place in music history yet again for future generations.
Luther Vandross 'The Greatest Hits' Tracklisting:
1. Never Too Much
2. Always & Forever
3. Dance With My Father
4. So Amazing
5. Give Me The Reason
6. Ain't No Stopping Us Now
7. I Really Didn't Mean It
9. The Closer I Get To You (with Beyoncé)
10. Here And Now
11. Your Secret Love
12. Any Love
13. A House Is Not A Home
14. Power Of Love/Love Power
15. Stop To Love
16. Endless Love (with Mariah Carey)
17. Bonus new track: Love It, Love It