‘Donny Hathaway’ is his eponymous second studio album Released on April 2, 1971 by ATCO
Track Listing : 1.Giving Up (Van Mccoy) – 06:20 . 2.A Song For You (Leon Russell) – 05:25 . 3.Little Girl (Billy Preston) – 04:47 . 4.He Ain’T Heavy, He’S My Brother (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott) – 05:55 . 5.Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Dorsey Burnette) – 04:24 . 6.She Is My Lady (George S. Clinton) – 05:33 . 7.I Believe In Music (Mac Davis) – 03:38 . 8.Take A Love Song (Donny-Hathaway, Nadine Mckinnor) – 04:53 . 9.Put Your Hand In The Hand (Gene Maclellan) – 03:49
Musicians : Donny Hathaway – Vocals, Keyboards . King Curtis – Tenor Saxophone . Joe Newman – Trumpet . Chuck Rainey – Bass . Al Jackson, Jr. – Drums . Phil Upchurch – Guitar, Bass . John Littlejohn – Guitar, Vocals . Cornell Dupree – Guitar . Interdenominational – Vocals . Jack Jennings – Percussion . Morris Jennings – Drums . Steve Novosel – Bass . Sylvia Shemwell – Background Vocals . Myrna Smith – Background Vocals . Ivory Stone – Background Vocals . Deirdre Tuck Corley – Background Vocals . Lillian Tynes – Background Vocals . Ronald Bright – Background Vocals . J.R. Bailey – Background Vocals . Myrna Summers – Background Vocals . Sammy Turner – Background Vocals . Cissy Houston – Background Vocals . Judy Clay – Background Vocals
Production : Produced By Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin . Howard Albert – Engineer . Howie Albert – Engineer . Ron Albert – Engineer . Murray Allen – Engineer . Jimmy Douglass – Engineer . Gene Paul – Engineer . Arif Mardin – Arranger
Package : Jerry Wexler – Liner Notes . A. Scott Galloway – Liner Notes . Geoff Gans – Art Direction . Loring Eutemey – Cover Design . Rachel Gutek – Design . Michael Ochs – Photography . Michel Woodlon – Photography
Recorded 1970-1971 At Universal Studios; Atlantic South-Criteria Studios.
Released On April 2, 1971 By Atco.
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. […]
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. […]
Donny Hathaway’s ‘This Christmas’‘This Christmas’ is absolutely the premiere holiday song written by an African American,’ said guitarist Phil Upchurch, a favorite sideman of Hathaway’s who also played on Bob Dylan’s new ‘Christmas in the Heart’ album. ‘Nothing comes close.’ […]