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Never My Love: The Anthology
     

Never My Love: The Anthology

by Donny Hathaway
 
The 58-track Never My Love: The Anthology, very different from the 61-track French and Japanese release Someday We'll All Be Free (2010), appeals slightly more to fanatics than it does newcomers. Disc one covers Donny Hathaway's singles and albums highlights, from 1969 and 1972 A-sides recorded with

Overview

The 58-track Never My Love: The Anthology, very different from the 61-track French and Japanese release Someday We'll All Be Free (2010), appeals slightly more to fanatics than it does newcomers. Disc one covers Donny Hathaway's singles and albums highlights, from 1969 and 1972 A-sides recorded with June Conquest through 1978's "You Were Meant for Me." There's a lot of familiar ground, all of it representative, but many selections differ from the album counterparts, including the two-part 7" version of "The Ghetto," the promo edit of "Thank You Master (For My Soul)," and single edits of "Giving Up," "A Song for You," and "Come Little Children." The second disc consists of unreleased studio recordings, none of which overlaps with the material unearthed on Someday We'll All Be Free. Unfortunately, that means Hathaway's cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" isn't present, but there are two slices of hard and heavy soul that date from the late '60s, a mighty interpretation of "Never My Love" (a platinum hit for the Association), the gorgeously bittersweet "Memory of Our Love," and a fascinating 20-minute concerto. Other tracks, not quite aimless but sensibly left in the archive, help fans fill in the gaps of the mid- to late-'70s period when Hathaway's creativity was severely impaired. Disc three, all newly issued as well, is like an alternate, not quite as hot edition of Live. It draws from the eight sets Hathaway performed during three October 1971 nights at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. None of it was included on any of the previous Hathaway live albums, yet they're no mere scraps, highlighted by similarly sprawling trips through "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)" and "The Ghetto" that involve tremendous interplay between Hathaway and his formidable band. Finally, the last quarter of the anthology contains all of the 1972 classic Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, as well as three additional Roberta/Donny duets produced by giants James Mtume and Reggie Lucas: the number two Hot 100 hit "The Closer I Get to You," "You Are My Heaven," and the undervalued boogie gem "Back Together Again." Charles Waring's lengthy essay is an illuminating and deeply emotional read, with quotes from those who worked closest with Hathaway, including Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, and Flack. The CD edition is shaped like a DVD set, fold-out style, with sharp design. It's a long overdue treat for anyone interested in a genius whose talents as a singer, keyboard player, songwriter, arranger, and producer gave the world a bounty of life-affirming and inspiring music. Hopefully an enterprising label has the resources to endure the licensing nightmares required to release a compilation that showcases Hathaway's work for artists like the Unifics, the Impressions, Curtis Mayfield, Phil Upchurch, Roberta Flack, Jerry Butler, and Willie Nelson. Paired with this, we'd get the full scope of the man's work.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2013
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227965433
catalogNumber:
535662
Rank:
29171

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Hathaway   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Earl DeRouen   Conga
Mike Howard   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Fred White   Drums

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Roberta Flack   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Duet
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Duet
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Billy Preston   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
King Curtis   Producer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Phil Upchurch   Composer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Eric Mercury   Composer,Producer
Leroy Hutson   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Reggie Lucas   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Charles Mann   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Earl DeRouen   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Joe Ferla   Producer
Rubina Flake   Producer
Gary McFarland   Composer
Bill Inglot   Tape Research
Arif Mardin   Producer
Eugene McDaniels   Composer,Producer
William Salter   Composer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Carlo Donido   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Charles Waring   Liner Notes
Phillip Upchurch   Composer
Ric Powell   Composer,Producer
William Peterkin   Composer
Edward Howard   Composer
Richard Evans   Composer
Tennyson Stevens   Composer
Irvine J. Weldon   Composer
Lou Savary   Composer

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