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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: CD
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B00000335F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Donny Hathaway was blessed with an effortless musical genius. When the neo-soul movement got underway in the 90s, it became every singer's default position to pay the utmost respects to him. If you've never heard him, you are in for something of a revelation. Imagine Stevie Wonder and his sweetest and most spiritual–only more so.

Unfortunately, he didn't live to see the tributes. A schizophrenic who suffered severe bouts of depression, Hathaway was to commit suicide at just 33 in 1979. A multi-instrumentalist, he lived and breathed music. He was a gospel singer at the age of three, and was composing music in his head at six. As a student he would lead classes and play Bach and Beethoven.

By the time of his fourth and final studio record, Extension of a Man, in 1973 he'd already recorded a blaxploitation soundtrack, 1972's Come Back Charleston Blue, and a best-selling collaboration with Roberta Flack. Produced by Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler, Extension is a rich exploration of the human psyche, borrowing from film scores and classical as much as soul music, exploring form and convention.

The album begins with a 45-piece orchestra playing his spaced-out and spiritual I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry (Parts I & II), which acts as an overture to Someday We'll All Be Free, an astonishing number that conflates the personal with the political. It is all done tenderly, unobtrusively and sweetly, against muted flugelhorns and strings.

Although the rest of the album struggles to match the grandeur of its opening, the lounge grooves of Flying Easy (written for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) and propulsive blues of Come Little Children show that Hathaway would not be contained by genre. His version of Al Kooper's I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know is doleful gospel, held together by its mournful, brooding string arrangement. Love, Love, Love is his answer to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, and the funk of The Slums revisits Hathaway's earlier triumph, The Ghetto.

Mere words cannot contain the grandeur and ambition of Extension of a Man. It's almost as if the music here is incidental–you are so transfixed by Hathaway's intense rapture that you dwell on his every movement. --Daryl Easlea

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By acid_win VINE VOICE on 16 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
Donny Hathaway did a lot in the few short years that he had with us and this is perhaps his best album, with the exception of the live album. When people speak about the current crop of nu-soul Male artists such as Frank McComb, Donnie and even to a lesser extent Dwele then you can uderstand where the real inspiration comes from. Donnie Hathway was a giant of yesterday's soul artists and had few equals.
This is very much a soul-jazz album as Donnie Hathaway was equally at home singing or playing keyboards and this album has an absolute corker keyboard track "Valdez in the country" that you just want to get up and dance to, but his keyboard dexterity can be heard throughout. One of my favourite tracks if not my favourite is "Love, Love, Love" which speaks about love taking a long time to find him. Then there's "Flying Easy" which is a nice mid-tempo number that just glides along. Of Donnie Hathway's better known tracks would come anything that he did with Roberta Flack but equally the stunning "Someday we'll all be free" track will also be the version of this song that many of you will be acquainted with.
For a piece of soul history and also as a reference for many of today's contemporary artists you should buy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 19 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Donny Hathaway was a huge influence on Black Music, if not music in general. He was classically trained, a little unusual for a Soul man, and he had played keyboards for Aretha before Atlantic took a chance on him with his "Everything is Everything" album.

This is his third, and is probably his most varied. There is the protest classic, "Someday We'll All Be Free", which is a hymn to equality and freedom, the mellow "Love Love Love" and the jazzy "Valdez...". Add in a huge ballad in "...More Than You'll Ever Know", gospel in "I Love The Lord.." and .. well I could go on, but you should hear for yourself.

Donny Hathaway is not the most accessible artist, perhaps why he never quite made the jump to superstardom, but his influence is clear from this and the other great albums he made.

Many of the artists making R & B music today would count DH as a major influence, so if your tastes run in this direction and you've never tried a Donny album, buy this (or any of his solo albums) and then branch out into any of the great 70's Soul artists - you won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 29 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album was released in 1972 and could have been releases in 2002 it would still be brilliant.Awesomely timeless if there is such a expression. I have been familair with Hathaway's work over the years but never really got serious about it. My loss-a great mistake on my part.I never really thought I would find a soul album on a par with Marvin's 'What's Goin' On';well I was wrong and this is it!
As Acid Win's review states there are strong jazz overtones in Donny's keyboards and like so many soul albums arround the time of this release there was a lot of experimentation going on which still makes this sound refeshingly original with soul,rock,jazz and funk overtones providing a diverse but entertaining set. Maybe that's the missing ingredient of today's pop it simply lacks the guts to provide around 45 minutes of solid entertainment that you can simply sit and listen to and enjoy.
The likes of Some Day have been marvellously covered notably by Bobby Womack and Valdez was done by a certain George Benson.DH has faultless vocals throughout. To adopt the title of the early O'Jays album-The Message (is) in (the) Music. This album is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Boki on 9 Nov 2013
Format: Audio CD
To see one reviewer call this album "a bit boring" makes me question if the reviewer listened to the same album the other reviewers did. I do invite the reviewer to listen again because there is a widespread mix of styles from R&B, Pop, Gospel to Classical symphony. The mere mention of such a diverse collection of genres immediately should eliminate the word, "boring" from anyone's analysis. But sorry I was seriously sidetracked.
"Extensions of a Man" is a graceful work that I have only grown to love more and more.
The pop side is best exemplified by the romantic, "Love, Love, Love". It did make the R&B Top 20 edging on Top 15 (#16). But it only made it to #44 on the Hot 100, when it had the stylings of a #1 hit.
The blues side of R&B can be best identified "I Love You More Than You Ever Know". It is as gut wrenching as Donny's take on the old Gladys Knight & The Pips hit, "Givin' Up". I have a collection of several versions of this song by a variety of artists. Donny ties with Jennifer Holiday's version on both one of her solo albums and the soundtrack of Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married". Donny gives as riveting a take on his upcoming celebrated "Donny Hathaway Live!".
The gospel side of this work in the symphonic instrumental, "I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry Pts. 1 & 2). Not quite the gospel you may have envision, yet you know Donny is fully capable of recording traditional gospel if you listen to "Be Not Dismay, Disconsolate" with Roberta Flack.
And finally, listen to the sweeping, "Valdez in the Country" a wistful, impressive bit of symphony.
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