J Records/Legacy Recordings Set to Release Newly Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of Luther Vandross – Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 – The Last Concert on
Friday, February 10
Luther’s Full Radio City Concert Set List & On-stage Banter Restored for First Time on 20th Anniversary Deluxe Digital Edition
First-Ever Music Video for “I’d Rather” Premieres Online Today (January 20)
J Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are pleased to announce the deluxe digital release of Luther Vandross – Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 – Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition – The Last Concert on Friday, February 10.
Luther Vandross – Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 – Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition – The Last Concert may be pre-ordered HERE
A romantic prelude to Valentine’s Day 2023, Luther’s Radio City rendition of “I’d Rather” (the second #1 Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart-topper from 2001’s Top 10 platinum-selling eponymous album) is being released as a single accompanied by an elegant new lyric video (the first-ever created for the song) premiering online today.
Luther Vandross–the award-winning American singer, songwriter, producer and performer whose exquisite tenor vocals combined elements of R&B, pop, soul and indefinable magic while selling millions of records–performed two sold-out shows at New York’s fabled Radio City Music Hall on February 11 and 12, 2003. Though his Radio City concerts would be his last–Luther suffered a severe stroke in April 2003 and died July 1, 2005–the artist was at the peak of his powers during these shows and this newly-restored concert recording captures Luther’s masterful showmanship, soulful singing, and deep connection to his audience.
J Records released Luther Vandross – Live Radio City Music Hall 2003, an eleven-song edited version of the concert, on October 14, 2003. On the 20th anniversary of Luther’s final shows, J/Legacy are releasing an expanded edition featuring the full concert, with the setlist restored to original concert order and Luther’s on-stage banter providing insight into his personality, sense of humor and commitment to his audience and his songs.
The expanded 20th anniversary edition of Luther Vandross – Live Radio City 2003 includes the eleven songs from the original release as well as four new tracks–“Power of Love/Love Power,” “Going Out of My Head,” “Any Day Now,” and “Say It Now”–and more.
Luther Vandross came in at #31 on Rolling Stone’s most recent 200 Best Singers of All Time List; he was ranked #54 on the magazine’s list of 100 Best Singers of All Time in 2008.
Luther Vandross – Live Radio City Music Hall 2003 – Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition – The Last Concert
1. Power of Love / Love Power (new track)
2. Happy Valentine’s Day (spoken word)
3. Never Too Much
4. Work It/ Here and Now (spoken word)
5. Here And Now
6. Going Out Of My Head (new track)
7. Stop To Love
8. Love Won’t Let Me Wait
9. Any Day Now (new track)
10. A House Is Not A Home
11. I’d Rather
12. Take You Out
13. Say It Now (new track)
15. Band Introduction (spoken word and music including :30 of “I Believe”)
16. Intro to “Glow Of Love” (spoken word)
17. Glow Of Love
18. Encore (spoken word)
19. If Only For One Night
About Luther Vandross
Born April 20, 1951, in Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, Luther Vandross opened his career as a singer on the first season of Sesame Street in 1969 and bookended with four Grammy Awards in 2004.
In the years between, Luther sang backup vocals on tour or in the studio with David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, J. Geils Band, Ben E. King, Ringo Starr and Chic. He produced records for Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston and sang recorded duets with Mariah Carey (“Endless Love”), Dionne Warwick, Cheryl Lynn and Beyoncé.
Beginning in 2003, Luther’s signature song, “One Shining Moment,” has been featured every year during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Vandross performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans in 1997.
Luther released eight #1 R&B albums, seven #1 R&B singles – with eight Billboard Top Ten albums. He reached #1 on the Billboard singles chart with 2003’s “Dance With My Father.”
From 1981 to 1996, Luther released 11 consecutive platinum or double platinum albums on Epic Records. He had four Top 10 UK albums including one #1 album and he sold out 10 consecutive live shows at London’s Wembley Arena.
Luther Vandross received 31 Grammy Award nominations, winning 8 times. In addition, Luther won 8 American Music Awards, including Favorite Soul/ R&B male artist 7 times.