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Great Tribute To Magisterial Vocalist
on 21 October 2015
One of the usual adjectives frequently appended to the fine singer / songwriter Donny Hathway is 'tragic'. Or 'doomed'. Owing to his suicide, and his seeming suffering from depression. Whilst that may be true, listening to his music, there's very little sign of the depression that led to his early death. There's more joy, love of life and happiness in his music than most manage. True, there is some introspection (his definitive reading of the Leon Russell opus, A Song For You, for example), and in places - particularly the more socially-aware material - righteous indignation, but really, it is the man's love of singing, and his rich soulfulness that shines through. This does dovetail neatly with other box set releases, particularly the French box set 'Someday We'll All Be Free', with not too much duplication. Excellent sound, sleeve notes, design, and great value for money. A fine epitaph for a consistently undervalued talent, well worth your listening time.