Never Too Much (album)

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Never Too Much
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released August 12, 1981
Recorded 1980–1981 at
Media Sound Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 36:50
Label Epic, Legacy
Producer Luther Vandross, Larkin Arnold
Luther Vandross chronology
Never Too Much
(1981)
Forever, for Always, for Love
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]

Never Too Much is the debut solo album by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). It peaked at number nineteen 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. Also, his rendition of Dionne Warwick's 1964 "A House Is Not a Home" became one his signature songs, while it received attention for its transformation into an "epic" since its duration was extended to seven minutes.

Track listing[edit]

A sample of Luther Vandross's cover of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not a Home" from Never Too Much

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All songs written by Luther Vandross; except "A House Is Not a Home" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

No. Title Length
1. "Never Too Much"   3:50
2. "Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)"   4:57
3. "Don't You Know That?"   4:01
4. "I've Been Working"   6:35
5. "She's a Super Lady"   5:04
6. "You Stopped Loving Me"   5:16
7. "A House Is Not a Home"   7:07

Personnel[edit]

    • As listed at allmusic[4]
  • Luther Vandross: Lead and Background Vocals
  • Tawatha Agee, Phillip Ballou, Michelle Cobbs, Cissy Houston, Yvonne Lewis, Sybil Thomas, Fonzi Thornton, Brenda King and Norma Jean Wright: Background Vocals
  • Nat Adderley, Jr.: Keyboards, Background Vocals
  • Ed Walsh: Synthesizers
  • Steve Love, Jorje Wadenius: Guitars
  • Anthony Jackson, Marcus Miller: Bass
  • Buddy Williams: Drums
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett, Bashiri Johnson: Congas, Percussion
  • Billy King: Congas
  • Horns and Strings arranged by Paul Riser and Leon Pendarvis

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 19
U.S. Billboard Black Albums 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Never Too Much (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (1993-10-03). "The Best Of Vandross On Record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Luther Vandross". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Never Too Much" personnel at allmusic