Donny Hathaway

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/1993
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227151928
  • Catalog Number: 71519
  • Sales rank: 4,648

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 Jr. Drums
Deidre Tuck Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Van McCoy Composer
Ken Perry Remastering
Howard Albert Engineer
Ron Albert Engineer
Murray Allen Engineer
Jimmy Douglass Engineer
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Howie Albert Engineer
Loring Eutemey Cover Design
Nadine McKinnor Composer
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