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Donny Hathaway
     

Donny Hathaway

by Donny Hathaway
 

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With just one exception, Donny Hathaway's second full-length is a covers album, featuring one of the most pop-averse artists in soul music surprisingly offering interpretations of contemporary hit material like "A Song for You," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Magnificent Sanctuary Band," and (most effectively) "Put Your Hand in the Hand," a laidback yet rolling,

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With just one exception, Donny Hathaway's second full-length is a covers album, featuring one of the most pop-averse artists in soul music surprisingly offering interpretations of contemporary hit material like "A Song for You," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Magnificent Sanctuary Band," and (most effectively) "Put Your Hand in the Hand," a laidback yet rolling, gospel-choir version of the song he was born to sing. In striking contrast to his debut, Donny Hathaway is a very dark record, and it opens on a particularly low note, with "Giving Up" (a 1964 R&B hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips). Most of Hathaway's performances are slow, piano-led laments, powerfully delivered but with little melodic sway to convert listeners. It's no coincedence then, that the only up-tempo song, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band," is the standout. "Little Girl" is a nice piece of gospel testifying with great male harmonizing on the chorus, and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is a solid rendering of a song usually drenched in pathos. Still, whereas Everything Is Everything saw him leading the choir up in the front of church, Donny Hathaway sounds like the lament of a man alone in the sanctuary after services are finished.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1993
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227151928
catalogNumber:
71519
Rank:
44240

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Hathaway   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Myrna Summers   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sammy Turner   Vocals,Background Vocals
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Ronnell Bright   Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Phil Upchurch   Guitar,Electric Bass
J.R. Bailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Littlejohn   Guitar,Vocals
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Judy Clay   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Interdenominational   Vocals
Jack Jennings   Percussion
Morris Jennings   Drums
Steve Novosel   Bass
Sylvia Shemwell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Myrna Smith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ivory Stone   Vocals
Deirdre Tuck Corley   Vocals
Lillian Tynes   Vocals,Background Vocals
S. White   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ronald Bright   Background Vocals
Al Jackson   Drums
Deidre Tuck   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Van McCoy   Composer
Howard Albert   Engineer
Ron Albert   Engineer
Murray Allen   Engineer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Remixing
Gene Paul   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer,Liner Notes
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Charles Ostiguy   Composer

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