Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

by Luther Vandross

Overview

Three of the 15 songs on this Luther Vandross compilation qualify as hidden. Out of those three, one was released on the soundtrack to Hero (1992), another was pulled from the soundtrack to Money Train (1995), and the third track was a bonus cut on the Japanese edition of Luther Vandross (2001). They are not quite gems, but dedicated fans should be happy to have them in one spot. Out of the remaining dozen tracks, two come from gold-selling releases and ten were issued on albums that went platinum and double platinum. So, those are not exactly hidden or "seldom heard," as a press release was crazy enough to claim. Hidden Gems is more like the missing fifth disc from the Love, Luther box set released in 2007. Between the releases, only two songs overlap, and this adds depth with not much filler, though it could have been more generous with '80s cuts and not so reliant upon relatively tepid '90s material. The liner notes, written by Vandross' longtime associate Fonzi Thornton, are a great touch.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886919682922
catalogNumber: 196829

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Vandross   Primary Artist
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Luther Vandross   Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Martha Wash   Duet
Porter Carroll   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer
Joe Darion   Composer
David Gamson   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Marcus Miller   Producer
Rex Rideout   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Fonzi Thornton   Composer,Liner Notes
"Little" Louie Vega   Producer
Junior Vasquez   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Producer
Kenny Dope   Producer
Nat Adderley   Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Giulio Rapetti   Composer
Denise Rich   Composer
Carlo Donida   Composer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
Shep Crawford   Composer,Producer
Jim Funk   Composer
Erik Hickenlooper   Composer
Tom Ruff   Material
Kenneth Gonzalez   Composer
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Luis Vegas   Composer

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