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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Donny Hathaway Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00000335E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. Put Your Hand In The Hand (Single/LP Version) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Be There 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. This Christmas 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Many of us will never have heard of Donny Hathaway. He was of a time when African American musicians were particularly inspired and wonderfully creative at the height of optimism for change in the early 70's (Stevie, Marvin, Isley Bros, Staple Singers, Al Green the whole bit). It is only because my mother loved Roberta Flack that I knew he existed. I also found out that he also played keyboards on a few Aretha tracks. So when I chanced upon this disc in a discount store I took a chance. Top choice. The man's voice is silk and his arrangement on the cover of "He ain't heavy.." makes the song his own. There is simply no other voice like Donny's. The pace of the disc is intense if not unique, there is a real mixture of gospel and contemporary influences, cosy up to the voice, composition and musical talents of Donny. For all the romantics in the world go straight to "Take a love song" (sing it in the air) and for the best Christmas song ever it has to be "This Christmas" then stay on for "Be there". I have all the other Donny's now and can't get through a day without listening to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
For those who have a yearning for real feeling in their music, this fits the bill. Donny Hathaway was a star that burned brightly and too quickly was extinguished, but his legacy was a set of albums which stand comparison with the Soul superstars of the era. His first album was a classic, and comtained an instrumental giant "The Ghetto"

On this, his second album from 1971, Donny Hathaway showcases his great voice and the stand out tracks for me are the big ballads - He Ain't Heavy.., A Song For You and She Is My Lady.

There is no "The Ghetto" soundalike here, just great songs beautifully arranged and performed, and the gospel influence is very evident here, probably more than on any of his other albums. This is a real Soul album therefore.

With the addition of a couple of bonus tracks, including the great "This Christmas", this is an album for fans of Soul. It would also serve for those fans of more recent R & B, as Donny was an undoubted influence on so many contemporary artists like India Arie, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Leela James.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Get under the influence of Donny Hathaway, soul music high priest. This is his best album, soul music at its most liberating. Not particularly accessible, but for a neo-soul lover like myself, essential listening. Once it grows on you, you'd be thankful for your patience. The music is so uplifting, like the best of 70s soul music.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
More Donny Hathaway genius 13 May 2000
By Todd Hampton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not as entertaining as his first album Everything is everything or as complete as Extension of a man, Donny Hathaway's self titled album is still a very strong album featuring some great songwritng and of course Donn'y wondeful voice. The first track Giving Up is as touching a ballad from Donny as I've ever heard. He was a singer who definetely put all of his emotion into his music. Then there's the lovely a song for you which shows how well he was at adapting the original work of other into making it his own. Then ther's the inspirational he ain't heavy he's my brother which is on par with his version of to be young gifted and black. Not only could Donny sing about love he also could sing a song about just about anything. The remainder of the album isnn't as strong as the first five songs. it seems as though Donny was experimenting with different forms of music but there are a couple of standouts Ibelieve in music and be there. Still this is a very good album for fans of Donny Hathaway. He was an underappreciated Genius. He had a voice that was like magic, that could sing in almost any genre. Worth every penny just to hear his voice!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Donny Hathaway In Performance 29 Dec. 1999
By Gregory E. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I wonder, why people could be so callous hearted. Donny Hathaway was gifted with a voice from the very High Holy Cooridors of Heaven. With a smooth execution of "vocalnastics" and impecable interpretation of how to weave in and out with the phrasing he possessed.
I feel that he has left his stamped approval on many of the vocalists and musicians in the secular, as well as the church world.
His singing almost hypnotized you to the point of literally wondering "where did he get all the variations in his tonality and execution. A fine honed instrument that was well seasoned to perfection that left you in daze, trying to remember every note and embellishment that he implemented.
I don't believe he was really appreciated to the full extent of his almost supernatural gift.
I really wish he was still here.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The vocal strengths and unbrideled passion of a man... 5 Nov. 2002
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...is what this album's subtitle should be. If Donny's final studio album was the 'Extension of a Man', then this album should be the parts that make up the man, namely his vocals an' unbrideled passion. It's simply called 'Donny Hathaway', an' the reason is because that's what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. It's a lush, lavish, an' poetic body of music that has more strength and endurance than almost anything that's come out in the past ten years or so. There's a yearnin' an' burnin' for love an' life that so many artists try to capture in the studio, but that so few have been able to. The great thing about Donny Hathaway, an' the thing that makes him my all-time favorite, is that the very SOUL that contemporary artists strive for comes to him so easily, an' so naturally. It was all a part of him, the man. An' here on his second album, which is, in my opinion, his first REALLY outstanding album, all his talent, ability, and all the power in his voice that was for the most part only hinted at on his first album, came flooding out of him.
In all honesty, this album is worth buying for the first four tracks alone. As soon as you put this in an' press play you will be hooked, as a soulful church moan echoes through your speakers, an' 'Giving Up' begins. This opener is jus' one'a the most heart-wrenching songs I've ever heard in my life, an' Donny pours himself, heart, mind an' soul, all over the number. There's a haunting aura around it, as Donny describes the pain an' heartache of having to let go of your one true love, an' the misery that it leaves you with. This is WAAAYYY beyond blues, trust me. I needed a handkerchief for that song alone. What follows is a chance for redemption in 'A Song for You', a beautiful song where he sings of the mistakes an' missteps he made in a relationship, coming to terms with the loss, clearing his mind, an' realizing that nothing can ever, an' WILL ever break the bond he has with this girl ("I love you in a place where there's no space or time, I love you for my life, you're a friend of mine..."). From the first time I heard this song, I knew this would be a number I would constantly revisit an' play whenever that special lil' girl I once had came on my mind. Not only are Donny's vocals on this song powerful, but his piano playing is beautiful an' distinct, perfectly in synch with the highs an' lows of the melody. The next song 'Little Girl' is a somewhat-preachy number with Donny singing to a girl who left home without a word to anyone, urging her to come back. Is' got some killer keyboard work, an' Donny straight GOES OFF on that organ, fa'real, 'specially on the build-up at the end. This song keeps things rooted in wisdom some, but none like the following song 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', a popular standard that Donny completely turns around an' makes his own. As he sings the lyrics about reaching out to help your fellow man, an' the long, hard road that is ahead, I couldn't help but get chills at the spirit an' soul in his voice. Is' jus' one'a the most inspirational lyrical an' vocal performances I've ever heard in my entire life. The piano an' bells build to a crashing finish, before quietly fading out, along with all your tears, hopes an' dreams. Those first four numbers right there are the REAL reason to buy this album. Don't get me wrong, there are no BAD songs on this album, but the remainder is jus' not nearly as good. The only TRUE exception is 'She is My Lady', a beautiful love song dedicated to the righteous ways the right girl can affect your life. When he sings lyrics like "She came to me when I knew I'd lost the meaning, lifted the shadow from across my way" and "Sometimes when my burdens jus' seem too overbearing, the girl turns my tears with a single sigh" it's like he's taking the words right from my mouth an' putting them to poetry, then mustering up all his passion an' heart into singing them out to me. On 'Take a Love Song', a beautifully-written ballad, Donny sings in dreamy an' hypnotic tones, an' never once wavers from the initial mood. Then he takes you to straight church on 'Put Your Hand in the Hand'. This stuff is pure Gospel - sanctified rhythms, hand claps, piano, organ, verse modulations, and all. Donny's two Christmas songs 'Be There' an' the widely-known 'This Christmas' both appear as bonus tracks at the end of the album, and are essential for fans, as well as for holiday music lovers. Donny's music was something special, somethin' spiritual, somethin' that could cleanse your soul, an' make you glad to face a new day. It's for that very reason, he is my favorite singer, an' for that very reason I seek my comfort an' solace in his words an' music. I'm so sick of this man bein' overlooked in the hallowed walls of soul greats. If you don't have this, do yourself one'a the biggest favors you'll ever do, an' pick it up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic and Contemporary 4 Jan. 2001
By Robert S. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Donny indeed had a voice that moved people. As a sign of what you can expect, the album begins with the song "Giving Up." You feel his every word and heartbeat. It touchs your souls and reminds you of the situation that he addresses in song; namely, trying to give up on the love of a woman. He was one of the great musical genuises of his time. I am delighted that there is somewhat of a rediscovery of his music. His voice radiates above the music and even the melody. Buy this album. It will be one of your favorites.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the best soul albums period. 17 Mar. 2004
By Scott E. Porter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can not more strongly disagree with anyone that claims the other Donny albums are better or should be preferentially purchased. If this CD stopped after track number 3, it would be worth the money. Giving up has got to be one of the most powerful songs ever recorded. The hint of gospel power the pervades this album, the lyrics, and the incredible play and vocals of Donny are the quintessential combination of musical pieces. I strongly agree in the purchase of Extensions of a Man or any of the other Donny CD's (even the compilation CD is worth 5 stars), however not at the expense of this CD.
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