Luther Vandross

Artist Collection: Luther Vandross

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The Luther Vandross entry in BMG International's Artist Collection series of compilations has only three regular Vandross albums to call upon for its selections: Luther Vandross (2001), Dance with My Father (2003), and Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 (2003), and yet it is botched. "Take You Out" and "I'd Rather," Vandross' chart entries from Luther Vandross, are included (the former in its original version and in a "remixed" version). But the choices from Dance with My Father eschew most of that album's best-known songs, notably the Grammy-winning title track. "Dance with My Father" is undoubtedly the crown jewel in Vandross' limited catalog for J Records, the BMG label he joined after a long tenure with Epic and a short one with Virgin. Its omission here makes the album seem like a random collection. But then, that's the impression one gets simply by looking at the CD. Hanoch Piven's singularly ugly cover illustration would be more of an insult to Vandross if it bore the slightest resemblance to him, which it does not.

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