Forever, for Always, for Love

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Forever, for Always, for Love
Cover art by Lynn Goldsmith
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released September 21, 1982
Recorded February–July 1982
Studio Media Sound Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
The Village
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 43:32
Label Epic
Producer Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross chronology
Never Too Much
(1981)Never Too Much1981
Forever, for Always, for Love
Busy Body
(1983)Busy Body1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Forever, for Always, for Love is the second studio album by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross, released on September 21, 1982. It peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and was his second album to top the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart where it spent three weeks.

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and earned Vandross a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, but lost to Marvin Gaye for his song "Sexual Healing".

The hit "Since I Lost My Baby" was originally recorded by The Temptations in 1965, while the "Having a Party" part of the opening track was originally recorded by Sam Cooke in 1962. The album's opening track was heard during the opening credits of the 1990 film House Party. Rolling Stone Magazine gave the album a four-star rating, describing Vandross as "the most gifted male pop-soul singer of his generation".

In 2004, singer Lalah Hathaway covered the song "Forever, for Always, for Love" for the compilation album Forever, for Always, for Luther. She later included the song on her third album Outrun the Sky.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boy/Having a Party" Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Sam Cooke 5:16
2. "You're the Sweetest One" Vandross, Miller 4:46
3. "Since I Lost My Baby" Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore 5:28
4. "Forever, For Always, For Love" Vandross 6:23
5. "Better Love" Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr. 6:26
6. "Promise Me" Vandross 4:43
7. "She Loves Me Back" Vandross 6:09
8. "Once You Know How" Vandross 4:35



Chart (1982) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs & Tapes 20
U.S. Billboard Top Black Albums 1
Chart (1983) Peak
UK Albums Chart 23


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ "The Best Of Vandross On Record". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: luther vandross". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Forever, For Always, For Love". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  5. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly (1 January 1992). "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music". Random House. Retrieved 14 March 2017 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ Luther Vandross – Forever For Always, For Love Retrieved 7-4-2016.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Luther Vandross – Forever, for Always, for Love". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Forever, for Always, for Love in the search field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – Forever, for Always, for Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH