Someday We'll All Be Free

Someday We'll All Be Free

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by Donny Hathaway
     
 
Donny Hathaway's legacy has been mostly lost to the mainstream in the years since his untimely death. His contemporaries during the late '60s and 1970s, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green, are more recognizable by name to the masses, but Hathaway's impact on popular music cannot be overstated.

Overview

Donny Hathaway's legacy has been mostly lost to the mainstream in the years since his untimely death. His contemporaries during the late '60s and 1970s, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green, are more recognizable by name to the masses, but Hathaway's impact on popular music cannot be overstated. Someday We'll All Be Free collects virtually all of his solo output from Atlantic minus his work on the Come Back Charleston Blue soundtrack (with the studio version of "Little Ghetto Boy" being the lone exception), an interview from a live compilation from 2004, and a live version of "Nu-Po" from his In Performance album (which has been replaced with an alternate live version from Carnegie Hall). The difference between this set and the similar collection entitled Original Album Series released around the same time is that the Someday We'll All Be Free collects five previously unreleased demos and two previously unreleased live cuts. For the bonus material alone, Someday We'll All Be Free eclipses the Original Album Series box. Some of the previously unreleased compositions were picked up from an anthology that was inexplicably pulled before its release in the mid-2000s. Included is a studio version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" that was previously only available in a live format. The general performance, although extended by a half minute, is roughly the same with its trademark quick ivory tickles presumably by Hathaway himself. The remaining demos are from 1974 and 1975 and showcase a man with incredible talent that ranges from two bouncy jazz vocals ("No Other One But You" and "The Essence of Destiny"), a gorgeous -- albeit short -- ballad ("Make It on Your Own"), and a piano jam with pomp ("Going Down"). The liner notes speculate these were from sessions for a fourth solo album that never came to fruition, in part because of the burgeoning success with duet partner Roberta Flack. The packaging is top-notch, as the compilation's four discs are housed in a DVD-sized case that opens into a trifold with the liner notes, written in French, neatly tucked into a small slit. Photographs of Hathaway, sheet music, and picture sleeves of 33s and 45s adorn the pages of the notes. The only negative aspect for the box set is that the collection breaks up albums, ordered chronologically, to fit the collection onto four discs. It's a small complaint for a compilation that honors the late singer's memory with such precision and care. In no way does it diminish its overall mission to present a macroscopic view of a master at work. Flack and Wonder were in awe of the totality of Hathaway's gifts of arranging, writing, singing, and performing. Someday We'll All Be Free serves the initiated and uninitiated alike to be the definitive collection for Donny Hathaway as a solo performer. It is a release unequivocally not to be missed. ~ Eric Luecking

Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Warner Music France
UPC:
0081227980764
catalogNumber:
2798076
Rank:
73744

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
  2. Je Vous Aime (I Love You)
  3. I Believe To My Soul
  4. Misty
  5. Sugar Lee
  6. Tryin' Times
  7. Thank You Master (For My Soul)
  8. The Ghetto
  9. To Be Young, Gifted And Black
  10. Giving Up
  11. A Song For You
  12. Little Girl
  13. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  14. Magnificent Sanctuary Band
  15. She Is My Lady
  16. I Believe In Music

Disc 2

  1. Take A Love Song
  2. Put Your Hand In The Hand
  3. I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry (Parts I and II)
  4. Someday We'll All Be Free
  5. Flying Easy
  6. Valdez In The Country
  7. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
  8. Come Little Children
  9. Love, Love, Love
  10. The Slums
  11. Magdelena
  12. I Know It's You
  13. Jealous Guy
  14. No Other One But You
  15. The Essence Of Destiny
  16. Going Down
  17. Make It On Your Own

Disc 3

  1. This Christmas
  2. Little Ghetto Boy
  3. A Dream
  4. Be There
  5. Lord Help Me
  6. You Were Meant For Me
  7. What A Woman Really Means
  8. What's Going On
  9. The Ghetto
  10. Hey Girl
  11. You've Got A Friend
  12. Little Ghetto Boy
  13. We're Still Friends
  14. Jealous Guy
  15. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)

Disc 4

  1. To Be Young, Gifted And Black
  2. A Song For You
  3. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
  4. We Need You Right Now
  5. Sack Full Of Dreams
  6. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  7. Yesterday
  8. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
  9. Flying Easy
  10. Valdez In The Country
  11. Someday We'll All Be Free
  12. Nu-Po
  13. Love, Love, Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Hathaway   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mac Davis   Composer
Nina Simone   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Phil Upchurch   Composer
Richard Evans   Composer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Weldon Irvine   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Leroy Hutson   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Earl DeRouen   Composer
Gary McFarland   Composer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
William Salter   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Edward Kennedy   Composer
Robert Ayers   Composer
Walter Lowe   Composer
Gene McClellan   Composer
Nadine McKinnor   Composer
Herbert Ross   Composer
Glenn D. Watts   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Ken Williams   Composer
Ric Powell   Composer
William Peterkin   Composer
Franklin Moss   Composer
Donny Pitts   Composer
Edward Howard   Composer
Charles Ostiguy   Composer

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