Give Me the Reason (Luther Vandross album)
|Give Me the Reason|
|Studio album by Luther Vandross|
|Released||September 19, 1986|
|Studio||AIR Studios Montserrat
(White Plains, New York)
Westlake Recording Studios
(West Hollywood, California)
|Genre||R&B, soul, pop, adult contemporary|
|Producer||Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller|
|Luther Vandross chronology|
|Los Angeles Times||(average)|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide||(unfavorable)|
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Give Me the Reason is the fifth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released on September 19, 1986 (see 1986 in music). The album earned Vandross an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and a nomination for "Favorite Soul/R&B Album" in 1988, while the title track "Give Me the Reason" was nominated for "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male" and "Best R&B Song" at the 29th Grammy Awards in 1987. The album also included Vandross' first top-20 pop hit, "Stop to Love." It also marked a svelte, thinner Vandross due to a weight loss earlier in the year. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In addition to the title track and "Stop to Love," the album features three other hit singles: "There's Nothing Better than Love" (a duet with actor/dancer/singer Gregory Hines), "I Really Didn't Mean It," and "So Amazing."
|1.||"Stop To Love"||Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr.||5:19|
|2.||"See Me"||Vandross, Marcus Miller||5:29|
|3.||"I Gave It Up (When I Fell in Love)"||Vandross, Miller||4:45|
|5.||"Give Me the Reason" (from the soundtrack to Ruthless People)||Vandross, Adderley||4:45|
|6.||"There's Nothing Better Than Love" (with Gregory Hines)||Vandross, Skip Anderson||4:42|
|7.||"I Really Didn't Mean It"||Vandross, Miller||5:43|
|8.||"Because It's Really Love"||Vandross||6:13|
|9.||"Anyone Who Had a Heart"||Burt Bacharach, Hal David||5:45|
|UK Albums Chart||3|
|U.S. Billboard 200||14|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums||1|
|US Billboard 200||19|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||600,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Give Me the Reason (Luther Vandross album) at AllMusic
- Kot, Greg (1993-10-03). "The Best Of Vandross On Record". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- Grein, Paul (1986-10-12). "Vandross: 'Tis the 'reason'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- Christgau, Robert. "CG: Luther Vandross". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- Aletti, Vince (1987-03-12). "Give Me The Reason". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- negative review.
- "British album certifications – Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Give Me the Reason in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
- "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – Give Me the Reason". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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