A Donny Hathaway Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Until he was exalted to icon status by new millennial neo-soul stars such as India.Arie, Alicia Keys, and Musiq, Donny Hathaway's contribution to the legacy of contemporary R&B was largely overlooked. Thanks to his posthumous resurgence in popularity, however, which is affirmed by this must-have Donny Hathaway Collection, the singer has been discovered by a whole new generation. Vocally, the Chicago native recalls the warm, gospel-inspired soul of Stevie Wonder, while lyrically he draws on the message of racial pride and cries for equality of forebears such as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. During his short-lived career, Hathaway -- who committed suicide at ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Until he was exalted to icon status by new millennial neo-soul stars such as India.Arie, Alicia Keys, and Musiq, Donny Hathaway's contribution to the legacy of contemporary R&B was largely overlooked. Thanks to his posthumous resurgence in popularity, however, which is affirmed by this must-have Donny Hathaway Collection, the singer has been discovered by a whole new generation. Vocally, the Chicago native recalls the warm, gospel-inspired soul of Stevie Wonder, while lyrically he draws on the message of racial pride and cries for equality of forebears such as Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. During his short-lived career, Hathaway -- who committed suicide at age 33 -- earned his greatest chart success by collaborating with fellow Howard University graduate Roberta Flack, with whom he recorded a duets album. So it's not surprising that many of those hits -- including the longing ballads "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You," the euphoric "Back Together Again," and the Top Ten R&B remake of James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend" -- are included here. Although diehard Hathaway fans may be disappointed that Collection neglects a wealth of material from his two solo albums, 1970's Everything Is Everything and 1973's Extension of a Man, they will rejoice in the inclusion of the classic inner-city anthems "The Ghetto," "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," and "Someday We'll All Be Free." A Donny Hathaway Collection is a timeless testament to a soul man way ahead of his time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678209222
  • Catalog Number: 82092
  • Sales rank: 10,401

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donny Hathaway Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano
Roberta Flack Track Performer
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Sylvia Rhone Producer
Eddie Howard Jr. Composer
Merlin Bobb Producer
Weldon Irving Jr. Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Once in a Lifetime!

    I've heard Donnie's music since I was in diapers but never owned an album. Boy, am I glad that Barnes & Noble has this in stock with several others...all the classics are on this one! I love it. We are Hataway fans so we're glad to have it in our collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His voice

    A wonderful collection of songs, ballads, soul, duets. Before, there was Luther, Teddy, lionel... there was Donny... and the names above all were inspired by this ledgend one way or another. His incomparable voice... great range and great control... nothing too fancy but always on pitch. My favorites here are, 'For all we know' 'Someday we'll all be free' 'A song for you' 'Closer I get to you' 'Where is the love' This is a great CD for your collection if you like soul and r&b enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL TO FAMILIAR

    His music brings you back all the way to childhood. It makes you remember the neighborhood you grew up in, your around-the-way friends,your first love and its first heartbreak. For me, it's proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He's gone, but I still hear him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I never knew soul like this before

    I have recently joined the ''30 Somethings'' and started to appreciate the message in the music. Especially the soul music that tells of all I've gone through in life. I listened to an oldies station and heard Donny's music for the first time and instantly had a connection that touched my heart and soul like no other before. ''Love You More Than You'll Ever Know'' takes you to a place where you feel the deepest love for the thing, person, or idea that touches your soul like no other love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Song for Everyone

    A Donny Hathaway Collection is one of the best albums for the true R&B fan. The crowning achievement of this under-rated singer is his slow, melancholy version of Leon Russell's 'A Song For You'. This song not only reveals the heart-aches of growing up on stage as a performer, but also shows the artist taking the time to thank the one who showed him how to love amidst the fanfare. It was the first true love song I ever heard, and far outclasses later re-makes like the 90's version by Ray Charles.

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