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This review is from: These Songs For You, Live! (US Release) (Audio CD)
For me, there never has been, nor will be, a better Black vocalist than Donny Hathaway. He was quite simply the man that set the standard and this record conclusively proves my point. Culled from various live albums and performances ( a good number of these tracks are previously unreleased) Hathaway and his band simply FORCE you to listen and there is no better way to define GENIUS than that is there? While a lot of the material on this (and a lot of Donny's original studio albums) are not Hathaway originals, you just try and listen to say 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' and tell me that it's a Hollies song! The spirit, soul and emotions of Hathaway the man and the performer are brilliantly captured on this record and the way that he manages to get the audience to participate and 'tune in' to his vibe here is spellbinding. That the world lost such a monumental talent as Hathaway at the ridiculous age of 33 is one of the saddest tales of all time, thankfully however, before he left, he left us with this record. AN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.