1982 Luther Vandross – Forever, For Always, For Love

Forever, for Always, For Love is the second studio album by American R&B singer and songwriter Luther Vandross, released on September 21, 1982, by Epic Records. It became Vandross’ second album to chart in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and was his second album to top the R&B Albums chart where it spent three weeks.

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and earned Vandross his third nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, but lost to Marvin Gaye for his song “Sexual Healing”.

The hit “Since I Lost My Baby” was originally recorded by the Temptations in 1965, while the “Having a Party” part of the opening track was originally recorded by Sam Cooke in 1962. The album’s opening track was heard during the opening credits of the 1990 film House Party. Rolling Stone gave the album a four-star rating, describing Vandross as “the most gifted male pop-soul singer of his generation”.

Tracks

Bad Boy / Having A Party (Sam Cooke; Luther Vandross; Marcus Miller) 05:20
2  You’re The Sweetest One (Luther Vandross; Marcus Miller) 04:45
3  Since I Lost My Baby (Warren Moore; William Robinson Jr) 05:28
4  Forever For Always For Love (Luther Vandross) 06:22
5  Better Love (Luther Vandross; Nat Adderley Jr) 06:25
6  Promise Me (Luther Vandross) 04:35
7  She Loves Me Back (Luther Vandross) 06:07
8  Once You Know How (Luther Vandross) 04:03

Musicians

1 Bad Boy / Having A Party

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
GuitarGeorg Wadenius
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
SynthesizerEd Walsh
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsNat Adderley Jr
Background VocalsPaulette McWilliams
Background VocalsPhillip Ballou
VocalsLuther Vandross


2 You’re The Sweetest One

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
Background VocalsYvonne Lewis
VocalsLuther Vandross


3 Since I Lost My Baby

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionSammy Figueroa
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsNorma Jean Wright
Background VocalsPaulette McWilliams
Background VocalsPhillip Ballou
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
VocalsLuther Vandross


4 Forever For Always For Love

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsBuddy Williams
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
FlugelhornLawrence Feldman
VocalsLuther Vandross


5 Better Love

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
GuitarGeorg Wadenius
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionSammy Figueroa
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsPhillip Ballou
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
Background VocalsYvonne Lewis
VocalsLuther Vandross


6 Promise Me

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsLuther Vandross


7 She Loves Me Back

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsYogi Horton
GuitarDoc Powell
KeyboardsNat Adderley Jr
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsMarcus Miller
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
Background VocalsYvonne Lewis
VocalsLuther Vandross


8 Once You Know How

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsBuddy Williams
GuitarDoc Powell
Electric PianoNat Adderley Jr
PianoLuther Vandross
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsFonzi Thornton
Background VocalsMichelle Cobbs
Background VocalsNorma Jean Wright
Background VocalsPhillip Ballou
Background VocalsTawatha Agee
VocalsLuther Vandross

Other Musicians

HornsAlan Rubin
HornsDave Bargeron
HornsDavid Taylor
HornsGregory Williams
HornsJohn Clark
HornsJon Faddis
HornsLawrence Feldman
HornsLou Marini
HornsRandy Brecker
HornsMichael Brecker
HornsPeter Gordon
HornsRonnie Cuber
HornsTom Malone

Strings

Strings – Alfred Brown, Emanuel Vardi, Frederick Buldrini, Gene Bianco, Guy Lumia, Harry Zaratzian, Helen Weiss, Homer Mensch, Jesse Levy, John Beal, Jonathan Abramowitz, Judy Geist, Julien Barber, Kermit Moore, Leo Kahn, Leo Kahn, Lewis Bagowitz, Lewis Eley, Louanne Montesi, Margaret Ross, Marilyn Wright, Max Pollikoff, Ora Shiran, Richard Sortomme, Richard Young, Ron Carter, Sidney Kaufman, Sue Pray

Liner Notes

Producer – Luther Vandross
Producer (Executive) – Larkin Arnold
Arranged By – Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller (Track 1)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Paul Riser (Tracks 2, 4, 5)
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Leon Pendarvis (Tracks 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Luther Vandross(Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Nat Adderley Jr (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Luther Vandross (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Coordinator – Sephra Herman
Engineer (Assistant) – Andy Hoffman, Harry Spiridakis, Scott Mabuchi, Karat Faye, Robin Laine
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Mixed By – Michael H Brauer
Recorded By – Michael H Brauer

Design – John Berg, Peter Alfieri
Photography – Bill King

Mastered At Sterling Sound
Recorded At Mediasound
Phonographic Copyright CBS Inc