I Know (Luther Vandross album)

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I Know
Luther Vandross - I Know album cover.jpg
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released August 11, 1998 (US)
Recorded 1997–1998
Studio Clinton Recording Studios
(New York City, New York)
Sony Scoring Stage
(Culver City, California)
Sound Barriers
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
The Record Plant
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul
Label Virgin
Producer Luther Vandross (also executive), Marcus Miller, Nat Adderley, Jr., Terence "Tramp Baby" Abney, Kenny "Dope" Gonzales, Tony Moran, "Little" Louie Vega
Luther Vandross chronology
Love Is on the Way
I Know
Always & Forever: The Classics
Alternative cover
The Ultra Selection cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B− [2]
Vibe (favorable) [3]

I Know is the eleventh studio album (sixteenth overall) by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross, released in August 1998 (see 1998 in music), and his only one for Virgin Records (after leaving his longtime home label Epic Records the previous year; three years later, he would sign with Clive Davis' then-new J Records, where he recorded his final two albums). It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and the song "I Know" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1999. In early 2005 (four months before his death), Dutch EMI affiliate Disky Records reissued the album in Europe with a different order of tracks as part of the budget series The Ultra Selection. It features a cover of "When I Need You", originally recorded by Leo Sayer. Guest artists on this album include Stevie Wonder (who played harmonica on the title track), Cassandra Wilson (who performed the female vocals on I'm Only Human), the rappers Precise and Guru (who performed on the original and remixed versions of Nights in Harlem, respectively, with the former's vocals also appearing on Get It Right) and Brandy (a future Epic signee whose background vocals appear on the remixed version of Nights in Harlem, though uncredited).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keeping My Faith in You"   Luther Vandross, Reed Vertelney 4:55
2. "Isn't There Someone"   Vandross, Richard Marx 4:41
3. "Religion"   Vandross, Tony Moran 4:35
4. "Get It Right" (featuring Marcella Precise) Vandross, Brailsford, Marcus Miller 5:26
5. "I Know" (featuring Stevie Wonder) Vandross, Vertelney 5:22
6. "I'm Only Human" (featuring Cassandra Wilson and Bob James) Vandross, Miller 5:28
7. "Nights in Harlem" (featuring Marcella Precise) Vandross, Brailsford, Rex Rideout, Fonzi Thornton 4:57
8. "Dream Lover"   Vandross, Miller 4:32
9. "When I Need You"   Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager 6:47
10. "Are You Using Me?"   Vandross, Thornton, Carl Gonzalez, Luis Vager 5:21
11. "Are You Mad at Me?"   Vandross, John Anderson 4:35
12. "Now That I Have You"   Vandross, Vertelney 5:01
13. "Nights in Harlem (Darkchild Extended Remix)" (featuring Guru) Vandross, Brailsford, Rex Rideout, Thornton 5:24


Chart (1998) Peak
UK Albums Chart 42
U.S. Billboard 200 26
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 9


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

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


  1. ^ I Know (Luther Vandross album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Scherman, Tony (1998-08-14). "Music Review: 'I Know' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Luther Vandross - I Know CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – I Know". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH