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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

beautiful

man can sing.

Donny Hathaway

Absolutely one of the best, as a matter of fact all of Donny Hathaway's albums/work is the best. I had the opportunity to see him live at the Trubador in Hollywood. This work was featured along with the first "The Ghetto". Donny Hathaway's musicianship is flawless: arranger, vocalist, musical director, formally trained (Howard University) and a person who actually had the charisma to influnce both young and old. "Giving Up" the the drama of lost and grief; "Little Girl" a love song that hits the heart of every woman, "Put Your Hand..." awakens the spirit and will allow your heart to march with another....Donny Hawthaway a "voice & pianist"!

DONNY!!!

why is this rock?

Biography

Born: October 1, 1945 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new voices in soul music at the dawn of the '70s, possessed of a smooth, gospel-inflected romantic croon that was also at home on fiery protest material. Hathaway achieved his greatest commercial success as Roberta Flack's duet partner of choice, but sadly he's equally remembered for the tragic circumstances of his death -- an apparent suicide at age 33. Hathaway was born October 1, 1945, in Chicago, but moved to St. Louis when he was very young, and began...
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