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Thursday 22 February 2024

Luther [2024] - Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me) [Primary Wave Music]

Released yesterday to announce the reissue of two albums by Luther is the second single "Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me)" from the first album, "Luther" (1976).

The full album is being reissued for the first time (digitally on CD and vinyl) on 19 April with a bonus track, an instrumental version of "The 2nd Time Around". 

The second Luther album, "This Close To Me" (1977), will also be reissued on 7 Jun. and contains three bonus tracks "Can’t Get Enough Good Loving", "Come Back To Love (Instrumental)" and " Don’t Wanna Be A Fool (Instrumental)".

Physical copies are available to pre-order via LutherVandross.comNOTE The bonus tracks are NOT available on the vinyl releases.

The albums are being reissued to coincide with a documentary "Luther: Never Too Much" directed by Dawn Porter which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 21 Jan '24.

Only three singles materialised from these two albums: "It's Good For The Soul (Pt I & II)", "The 2nd Time Around" / "Funky Music (Is Part Of Me)" and "This Close To You" / "Don't Wanna Be A Fool", with the latter being sought after by the rare soul scene and sells for up to £300.

Whilst the act uses his name, Luther was a five piece group consisting of Luther Vandross, Anthony Hinton, Diane Sumler, Theresa Reed and Christine Wiltshire  (Class Action, Musique, Phreek). Vandross wrote all songs on both albums. The three singles all charted on the R&B charts (#28, #34 and #94 respectively) but the albums didn't sell particularly well and the group was released by Cotillion.

Vandross bought back the rights to these albums from the label when the group was released preventing the label from reissuing them and they have lay dormant for almost 50 years.

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Rating: 8
Explicit: N
Genre/Style: 70s Soul / Reissue
Format: Single / Album Track
Media: Digital
Label: Primary Wave Music
Cat No: None
Date: 21/02/2024
Key/BPM: 9A/112
Price: £1
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