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Possibly the late vocalist's best album, this 1973 release is marked by strong autobiographical overtones.

1. I Love The Lord; He Heard Me Cry (Parts I & II)
2. Someday We'll All Be Free
3. Flying Easy
4. Valdez In The Country
5. I Love You More Than You'll ever Know
6. Come Little Children
7. Love, Love, Love
8. The Slums
9. Magdalena
10. I Know It's You
11. Lord Help Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 14, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Atlantic & Atco
  • ASIN: B00000335F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Mr. Donny Hathaway had a special sound and what a unique, gifted voice and talent.
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From begining to end it's full of beautiful music sung by a wonderful singer.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This 1973 release stands as a testament to the creative genius that was once the rule, not the exception, in black popular music. The opening orchestral sweep of "I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry" (Parts 1&2) may surprise some fans who only remember Donny Hathaway as Roberta Flack's duet partner. Composed by this young man and recorded around Christmas 1972, no black male singer, before or since has even come close to such an ambitious introduction to an album, it's simply a stunning piece of classical music that bears repeated listening. His most important political song, "Someday We'll All Be Free" follows and is still so powerful, you'll get goosebumps and feel a definite sense of pride and strength from it's message, and Donny's impassioned delivery. My 2 favorite tracks are next up, the jazzy, breezy, "Flying Easy" and the outstanding, relaxed and equally jazzy instrumental "Valdez in The Country". These two numbers alone warrant owning this delightful album, they simply must be heard to be fully appreciated, their beauty will simply envelop you! The ballads on "Extension Of..." are all stunning, heartfelt declarations of love and passion, and performed with such fervor they'll bring tears to your eyes. The best of these are "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" and the easy grooving "Love, Love, Love" that floats on a bed of warm, buttery bass guitar, vibes and congas that wouldn't sound out of place on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On".Read more ›
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peace Brotha on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this set by Donny for the first time in a while and was refreshed by the talent of my favorite male vocalist all over again.

This 1973 set was probably Donny's most experimental. It was soulful of course, but that soul was filtered through various arrangements that aren't commonly identified as "soul." In fact, EOAM could be looked at as mildly psychedelic on the whole. The title of the album alludes to this somewhat.

The song opens with Donny conducting -- yes, conducting -- his very grand instrumental overture that reminds me of Duke Ellington (from the few pieces I've heard by the Duke). I Love The Lord is not only very beautiful and moving, but it lets you know that Donny had some serious skills outside of the mainstream genres. Had he lived long enough he could have followed in the footsteps of the Duke ... I personally don't think that's too much of a stretch.

Donny's string arrangements are perfect on this set in the 70's vein. They flow perfectly from I Love The Lord to what is arguably Donny's non-holiday signature song, Someday We'll All Be Free. There have been so many great singers that covered this song (including the Queen), which is a testament to its greatness. But when Donny sang it, you could tell he was singing from his heart and you could feel his hope in something transcendent through his pain. Amazing. If someone doesn't like this song, it's doubtful that they would like anything Donny ever recorded.

Next we have the breezy bossa nova Flying Easy, which is a jazzy number with some trippy romantic lyrics. It wouldn't be out of place on Minnie Riperton's Come To My Garden. The jazz vibe continues with his instrumental Valdez In The Country, with Donny tearing up the keyboards.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hampton on May 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is probably Donny Hathaway's best album. I say this beacuse it is his most complete piece of work. This is the album this where he truly reached his creative peak. (he could have peaked even higher)Here is where we really get to hear Donny Hathaway the composer, the producer, musician as well as singer. On the absolutely wonderful I love the lord, he heard my cry. Donny' does something that is rare in the field of soul music, he begins with an orchestral piece that sounds like something that you would hear at a symphony. MAGNIFICENT !That song bleeds into the next track the amazing someday we'll all be free. Another Hathaway compostion that I love is the instrumental Valdez in the country. Donny sounds refreshing on the keyboards. I love you more than you'll ever know is another amazing otis redding type of ballad sung as only Donny could. Then theres the light and breezy Love, love , Love where his voice sounds makes a simple song unique. The slums is a very funky return of Donny Hathaway to one of his earler hits the Ghetto. I know it's you is another exceptional ballad that screams sincertiy and soul. There's also a bonus track the soulful lord help me, a return to Donny's gospel roots. Like i mentioned that this is probably Donny Hathaway's best album. From begining to end it's full of beautiful music sung by a wonderful singer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D.A. Young on December 15, 2001
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Extensions of a Man is one of the most beautiful and engaging albums ever produced to date. Any singer, producer, recording artist should have this record in their collection. From the classical opening to the gutsy soulful ending this album is a testament to the genius of Donny. When i first heard this album tears came to my eyes and I realized that Donny is the most powerful singer of all time. What more can be said. Just listen and you will see.
Donny....we miss you, you are loved.
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