Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (1981) 2001, Remastered Reissue
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Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (1981) 2001, Remastered Reissue

Artist: Luther Vandross
Title: Never Too Much
Year Of Release: 2001-07-24 (1981-08-12)
Label: Epic/Legacy (USA)
Genre: R&B, Soul, Pop, Quiet Storm, Post-Disco
Quality: FLAC (img.+.cue+.log)
Total Time: 36:55
Total Size: 317,66 Mb (Full Scans)
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"Never Too Much" is the debut solo album by American singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released on August 12, 1981 (see 1981 in music). It peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 (then known as Pop Albums), peaked at #1 on the R&B Albums chart, and went double Platinum by the RIAA. The album earned Vandross two Grammy Award nominations in 1982 — "Best New Artist" and "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male". The album's title track topped the Black Singles chart for two weeks. Vandross's rendition of Dionne Warwick's 1964 "A House Is Not a Home" became one of his signature songs, and received attention for its transformation into an "epic", since its duration was extended to seven minutes. ~Wikipedia~
The debut solo album from Luther Vandross featured one outstanding song after another. Vandross concocts a bouncy, vibrant flow on his up-tempo numbers and an intimate, emotional connection on his moderate grooves and his lone ballad. The title track stormed up the Billboard R&B charts to number one where it remained for two weeks. The mellow groove of "Don't You Know That," which checked in at number ten, was the second single. "Sugar and Spice" had less of an impact on the charts due to its short stay of six weeks. However, this feverish number gets all the juices flowing as does the unreleased "I've Been Working." Also featured on this set is the sentimental number "You Stopped Loving Me." The song was written by Vandross but initially released by Roberta Flack; both versions stand tall. "A House Is Not a Home" is the only ballad, and an elegant one it is, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and originally sung by Dionne Warwick nearly 20 years prior. Vandross orchestrates a contemporary masterpiece with this vintage number. Though it was never an official release by the label, it's a quiet storm jewel. In addition to his many music credits, Vandross was a featured guest vocalist with the progressive band Change. The same vocal savvy and smooth styling that the New York City native exhibited on songs like "Searching" and "Glow of Love" resurface here. This is one of the better R&B albums of the early '80s. ~Review by Craig Lytle~
Release of the album: 1981, August, 12 [LP Epic, Cat.# FE 37451, USA]
Release of this CD: 2001, July, 21 [CD Epic/Legacy (USA), Cat.# EK 85381 / UPC: 886977141928]
(p)(c) 1981 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Manufactured by Epic, a division of Sony Music
Made in U.S.A.


Credits:

Arranged By [Vocals] – Luther Vandross
Art Direction – Karen Katz
Contractor [Vocal Contractor] – Fonzi Thornton
Coordinator [Production Coordinator] – Sephra Herman
Engineer – Carl Beatty
Engineer [Assistant] – Andy Hoffman, Don Wershba, Gregg Mann, Lincoln Clapp, Nicky Kalliongos
Executive-Producer – Larkin Arnold
Management – David M. Franklin
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Other [Wardrobe] – Hutaff Lennon
Photography By – William Coupon
Producer – Luther Vandross
Recorded By, Mixed By – Michael H. Brauer


Tracklist:

01. Never Too Much (03:51)
(Luther Vandross)
02. Sugar And Spice (I Found Me A Girl) (04:58)
(Luther Vandross)
03. Don't You Know That? (04:02)
(Luther Vandross)
04. I've Been Working (06:35)
(Luther Vandross)
05. She's A Super Lady (05:07)
(Luther Vandross)
06. You Stopped Loving Me (05:15)
(Luther Vandross)
07. A House Is Not A Home (07:08)
(Burt Bacharach, Hal David)

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Analyzed: Luther Vandross / Never Too Much
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.01 dB -12.33 dB 3:51 01-Never Too Much
DR10 -0.01 dB -12.15 dB 4:58 02-Sugar And Spice (I Found My Girl)
DR10 -1.51 dB -13.41 dB 4:02 03-Don't You Know That?
DR9 -0.51 dB -12.20 dB 6:35 04-I've Been Working
DR9 -0.01 dB -10.96 dB 5:07 05-She's A Super Lady
DR9 -1.51 dB -12.61 dB 5:15 06-You Stopped Loving Me
DR11 -0.01 dB -14.48 dB 7:08 07-A House Is Not A Home
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Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 898 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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