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Unfortunately, Atlantic's A Donny Hathaway Collection, one of the few career retrospectives available (and basically the only one in print), isn't quite definitive; it presents a version of Hathaway's career inordinately focused on his commercially successful duets with Roberta Flack, and his slowest, most dirge-like solo recordings. A few of his best up-tempo tracks are represented ("The Ghetto," his live cover of "What's Going On"), but not before haunted material like "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," and "Giving Up." Admittedly, his duets with Flack are among the best recordings of his career, ranging from the depressed ("Where Is the Love") to the atmospheric ("The Closer I Get to You") to the downright driving ("Back Together Again"). But A Donny Hathaway Collection neglects far too much material from his two greatest solo albums, 1970s Everything Is Everything and 1973's Extension of a Man, to be considered the perfect first choice. It may simply be a matter of embellishing the myth of the tortured artist, but this doesn't present both sides of the Hathaway legend.

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Truly Amazing!!!!

They just don't make 'em like this anymore!! I wish some of the sex&B artists of today would take note and get back to the essence of real soul music!! You can feel his emotions in every word, every line and every song he sings!!

Magnificent Collection!

If I had to choose the top five most amazing singers and songwriters, Donny Hathaway would be in the top five. There is a true connection to his music, whether is be romantic or inspirational, he is one of the MASTERS. One of the best collections you will ever buy.

This kind of genius comes once in a lietime...

Donny Hathaway is one of the greatest artists of all time. If anyone wants to know what soul music truly is, then buy this album. When Donny took his life back in 1980, the world was robbed of a true musical genius. I'm glad that TV1 did the "Unsung" program about him, because until now, I don't think that we truly knew what sort of demons were chasing him. All these young artists who say they are fans of Donny, only have a small glimpse of the man. I remember back in '80 when "You Are My Heaven" dropped and I had to sneak to listen to my mom's album (that's right I said, "album", not CD or download). The man was so phenominal that songs like "A Song for You" (which actually a remake by him) and "This Christmas" are Donny Hathway standards, that can never be duplicted. New artists stand up and take notice. There will never be another Donny Hathaway and the only close singers we have to him are Anthony Hamilton (represent Queen City, represent!) and Musiq. Get this collection and share it with your children. Pass the legacy of real "soul" music on to the next generation. Rest in Peace, Donny, rest in peace.

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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  • $10.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Contemporary R&B
  • Released: Apr 03, 1990

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