Never Too Much (album)

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Never Too Much
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Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released August 12, 1981
Recorded April–July 1981
Studio
  • Media Sound Studios
  • (New York City)
Genre
Length 36:50
Label
Producer
  • Luther Vandross
  • Larkin Arnold (exec.)
Luther Vandross chronology
Never Too Much
(1981)
Forever, for Always, for Love
(1982)Forever, for Always, for Love1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB+[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

Never Too Much is the debut solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, released on August 12, 1981. It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200 (then known as Pop Albums), peaked at number one 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. Vandross's rendition of Dionne Warwick's 1964 "A House Is Not a Home" became one of his signature songs, and received attention for its transformation into an "epic", since its duration was extended to seven minutes.

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLength
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" (Dionne Warwick cover)7:07

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Allmusic[5]

  • Luther Vandross – lead vocals, vocal arrangements, rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7), backing vocals (3-6), arrangements (4), song arrangement (7)
  • Nat Adderley, Jr. – keyboards (1–7), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), arrangements (4), backing vocals (4, 5)
  • Tawatha Agee – backing vocals (1–6)
  • Phillip Ballou – backing vocals (3–6)
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett – percussion (1, 4, 5, 7), congas (4)
  • Michelle Cobbs – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Cissy Houston – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Anthony Jackson – bass (7)
  • Bashiri Johnson – congas (1, 2), percussion (2, 5)
  • Billy King – congas (3, 5, 6)
  • Brenda King White – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Gary King – arrangements (4)
  • Yvonne Lewis – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Steve Love – guitar (3–6)
  • Marcus Miller – bass (1–7)
  • Leon Pendarvis – string arrangements (6, 7), horn arrangements (7)
  • Paul Riser – horn arrangements (2, 5), string arrangements (2, 3, 5)
  • Sybil Thomas – backing vocals (1, 2)
  • Fonzi Thornton – vocal contractor, backing vocals (4, 5)
  • Georg "Jojje" Wadenius – guitar (1, 2, 3, 7)
  • Ed Walsh – synthesizer (2, 4)
  • Buddy Williams – drums (1–7)
  • Norma Jean Wright – backing vocals (4, 5)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Luther Vandross
  • Executive Producer – Larkin Arnold
  • Production Coordination – Sephra Herman
  • Recorded and Mixed by Michael H. Brauer
  • Engineer – Carl Beatty
  • Assistant Engineers – Lincoln Clapp, Andy Hoffman, Nicky Kalliongos, Gregg Mann and Don Wershba.
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Karen Katz
  • Photography – William Coupon
  • Wardrobe – Hutaff Lennon
  • Management – David M. Franklin

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 1
Chart (1987) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 41

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Never Too Much 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. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Never Too Much" personnel at allmusic
  6. ^ "Luther Vandross Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Luther Vandross Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Luther Vandross | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – Never Too Much". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.