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Album Review

The combination of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack undeniably ranks atop the all-time great duet parings in the history of R&B. Any opportunity to have one guest on the other's recordings brought out a sensual energy not to be denied, similar to the magnetic duets between Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye for Motown during the '60s. This seven-song session didn't yield any timeless classics à la "The Closer I Get to You," but Flack's distinct and beautiful voice brings a level of class to this outing that few of her contemporaries were able to achieve. Two Stevie Wonder-penned compositions, "You Are My Heaven" and "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long," bring Wonder's unique arrangements together and give this album a more uptempo feel than most of the prior work of Flack and Hathaway, both as solo artists and as a team. Near the end, the album's climatic piece, "Back Together Again," helps to conclude the album on an upbeat note before breaking it down again into a soft, gentle finale of calm, familiar waters. The realization that these tracks are some of the final recordings Hathaway would appear on before his tragic death brings an element of melancholy to the listening experience.

Customer Reviews

GREAT ALBUM!

Great album I believe this was Roberta's way of paying homeage to Donny Hathaway and holding on to the last memories. My dad had the vinyl and in the linear notes she wrote this poem dedicated to Donny. It was very touching. Good album -- Awesome singing! Luther Vandross sung background on this album as well -- Another great singer -- gone before his time -- He and Donny are up in heaven touching everybodies hearts!

Great Album, But it isn't what it represents...

I have this album on vinal and CD. The track list differs. Many songs are missing, and those on this release are either shortened or live versions. Still great music, but it is not the album you think it is. Please check song samples first before buying it. Maybe it was the UK version... I don't know... I just recommend you sample before purchasing.

Donny Hathaway's Final Recordings

This album was being recorded when Donny made his exit from his earthly bounds. The line-up on this set is correct BUT "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" clocks in as a whole at 7:48 and "Back Together Again" here is the single edit, the original album length is 9:48. This is my problem with Rhino, they LOVE edits. Rather harsh, these edits strip away so much production the artists wanted us to hear. This album was released around the height of disco which explains the dance song length in 1979 and "Back Together Again" was a dance-floor staple even though it wasn't a major hit and "Only Heaven Can Wait" with all it's reverb and Roberta waaay down in the mix received moderate airplay. The hard-copy of this cd contains Roberta's poem to Donny and it's a touching sentiment.

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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