This Close to You

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This Close to You
Studio album by Luther
Released March 23, 1977 (U.S.)
Recorded 1976, 1977
Atlantic Recording Studies
(New York City, New York)
Genre soul, disco, funk
Label Cotillion, Atlantic
Producer Luther Vandross
Luther chronology
Luther
(1976)
This Close to You
(1977)

This Close to You is the second studio album by American recording artist group Luther, released on March 23, 1977.[1] It is the follow-up to the groups self-titled debut album Luther. Luther Vandross performs the lead vocals on majority of the album, also as writer and producer. This Close to You was the group’s final album, and by 1980 Vandross signed a solo deal with Epic Records, leading to the release of his debut album Never Too Much in 1981. After achieving R&B/pop music success, Vandross bought back the rights to both Luther and This Close to You albums preventing a later re-issue after the record label dropped the group due to low sales.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This is for Real"   Luther Vandross 4:08
2. "A Lover’s Change"   Vandross 2:58
3. "Don’t Take the Time"   Vandross 5:18
4. "Jealousy in Me"   Vandross 4:32
5. "I’m Not Satisfied"   Vandross 4:43
6. "This Close to You"   Vandross 3:30
7. "Don’t Wanna Be a Fool"   Vandross 3:18
8. "Come Back to Me"   Vandross 5:08
9. "Follow My Love"   Vandross 5:11

Personnel[4][edit]

  • Bass – Wilbur Bascomb
  • Congas – Pablo Rosario
  • Drums – Rick Marotta
  • Congas, Percussion [Special] – Pablo Rosario
  • Electric Piano – Fred Gripper
  • Guitar – Jeffrey Miranov, Nile Rodgers
  • Lead Vocals – Luther Vandross, Anthony Hinton
  • Piano, Keyboards – Nathaniel Edward Adderley
  • Soprano Saxophone – George Young II
  • Vibraphone [Vibes], Bells – David A. Friedman
  • Arranged By – Paul Riser
  • Contractor [Strings & Horns] – Alfred Brown
  • Executive Producer – David Krevat
  • Written-By – Luther Vandross
  • Producer – Luther Vandross
  • Vocals – Anthony Hinton, G. Diane Sumler, and Luther Vandross

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US R&B
1977 "This Close to You" 93

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