Power of Love (Luther Vandross album)

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Power of Love
Luther Vandross - Power Of Love album cover.jpg
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released April 26, 1991 (US)
Recorded 1990—1991
Studio A&M Studios
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
The Village
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, adult contemporary
Length 55:19
Label Epic, Legacy
Producer Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross chronology
The Best of Luther Vandross... The Best of Love
Power of Love
Never Let Me Go
Singles from Power of Love
  1. "Power of Love/Love Power"
    Released: April 9, 1991
  2. "Don't Want to Be a Fool"
    Released: June 20, 1991
  3. "The Rush"
    Released: November 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (neither)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

Power of Love is the seventh studio album (eighth overall) by American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released in April 1991 (see 1991 in music). The following year, the album earned Vandross two American Music Awards for "Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist" and "Favorite Soul/R&B Album" and one Grammy Award for "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male", and the track "Power of Love/Love Power" won in the "Best R&B Song" category. It reached Billboard 200 at #7, while topping the Top R&B Albums chart for five nonconsecutive weeks. On the latter chart, it was the last #1 R&B Album for twelve years until Dance With My Father was released. Power of Love was later certified double platinum Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "She Doesn't Mind"   Luther Vandross, Reed Vertelney 4:05
2. "Power of Love/Love Power"   Vandross, Marcus Miller, Teddy Vann 6:42
3. "I'm Gonna Start Today"   Vandross, Miller 6:12
4. "The Rush"   Vandross, Miller 6:45
5. "I Want the Night to Stay"   Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr. 5:26
6. "Don't Want to Be a Fool"   Vandross, Miller 4:34
7. "I Can Tell You That"   Vandross, Hubert Eaves III 5:25
8. "Sometimes It's Only Love"   Vandross, Skip Anderson 4:54
9. "Emotional Love"   Vandross, Eaves 3:53
10. "I (Who Have Nothing)" (duet with Martha Wash) Carlo Donida, Mogol, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 7:26


  • Produced by Luther Vandross & Marcus Miller
  • Engineered by Ray Bardani, Martin Brumbach, Mark Harder, John Herman, Robert Hart, Rob Jaczko, Chad Munsey & Brian Schueble
  • Mixed by Ray Bardani
  • Mastered by Steve Hall


  • Lead vocals (All tracks), and backing vocals (tracks 4, 8, 10): Luther Vandross
  • Keyboards; Piano; Bass guitar; Synth programming: Nat Adderley, Jr. (tracks 2, 5, 10), John "Skip" Anderson (8), Hubert Eaves III (7, 9), Jason Miles (All tracks), Marcus Miller (tracks 1-4, 6-10), Reed Vertelney (1)
  • Guitars: Paul Jackson, Jr. (tracks 2-3, 5-6, 9)
  • Percussion (tracks 5, 8, 10), Wind Chimes (2, 6) : Paulinho Da Costa
  • Saxophone solo: Kirk Whalum (track 10)
  • Backing vocals: Tawatha Agee (tracks 1-3, 5-7), Michelle Cobbs (9), Lisa Fischer (1-2), Cissy Houston (1-3, 6-7), Genobia Jeter (2, 9), Pat Joyner (2), Darlene Love (1-2, 9), Paulette McWilliams (1-3, 6-7, 9), Cindy Mizelle (5-6, Tamira C. Sanders (2), Fonzi Thornton (1-2, 5), (Vocal Contractor- All tracks), Brenda White-King (1-3, 5-7, 9), Kevin Owens (2), Marcus Miller (2), Martha Wash (10)


Chart (1991) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 34
UK Albums Chart 9
U.S. Billboard 200 7
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard 200 42


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

See also[edit]