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Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway [Original recording remastered]

Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Danny HathawayAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J5V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I (Who Have Nothing)
2. You've Got A Friend
3. Baby I Love You
4. Be Real Black For Me
5. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
6. For All We Know
7. Where Is The Love
8. When Love Has Grown
9. Come Ye Disconsolate
10. Mood

Editorial Reviews

Out of print in the U.S. UK pressing of this 1972 collaboration between these two Soul greats. Roberta Flack was arguably the era's greatest practitioner of soulful, reflective R&B and her first collaboration with keyboardist and vocalist Donny Hathaway is one of her finest efforts. The rich, elastic voices of the duo are perfectly matched--they sing in close-knit harmony throughout the set, and their chemistry is intimate and full of strong emotion. Moods range subtly but distinctly--a funky version of "Baby I Love You" simmers along in a mellow groove, while the opener, "I (Who Have Nothing)", is a stirring, romantic ballad. Though a near-definitive version of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" is one of the highlights, the breezy "Where Is the Love", which became a runaway chart hit, steals the spotlight. This classic R&B record blends Soul, Folk, Jazz, and Blues with an earthy flair. Warner.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Singers Like This No Mo' August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Soulful ain't even the word. Classic R & B comes close to describing this album, but still doesn't even give it justice. This is an album that demands your complete awe. I have tried cooking while it is playing and nearly burned my entire arm. You just sit and listen. And catch the holy ghost. Shoot, if any preacher wants to increase his church's roll, let him put on "Come Ye Disconsalate". Sinners, saints alike will be coming through the doors in droves. And for all you little kids under 30 who thought Luther Vandross was the first to record "I Who Have Nothing" listen to Roberta and Donny's ORIGINAL version. Be prepared to cringe in agony the next time you hear Luther's version on the radio. And we ain't gon even talk about "For All We Know." I can only imagine how many babies were conceived to that one. Shoot, I probably was.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Where Is The Love?"....RIGHT HERE July 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Originally, my dad bought this album in 1972. I've borrowed the album, kept it and worn it out; bought the cassette and wore it out; finally I have the CD. I've loved this album from the moment I heard "Where Is The Love" on the radio, to then listening to the album after my dad bought it. And he didn't buy many albums, so by that fact alone, I knew it was special. This is a classic album, showcasing two exceptional vocalists/instrumentalists. Both Roberta and Donny's vocals are warm and inviting on "You've Got A Friend," and "When Love Has Grown," playful on "Baby I Love You," and so earnest on "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." This album is a classic, and is an example of the great R&B albums of the decade.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential without a doubt! January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For once a duets project that made sense! Both Flack and Hathaway were enjoying commercial success at the time, but it was similar approaches to singing and choosing material that made for a natural pairing. The results were largely stellar: a dramatic "I (Who Have Nothing)", the sweet and lush "When Love Has Grown" and a rendition of "For All We Know" that perfectly showcases the lost major talent that was Hathaway's, for example. However, the album's not perfect. The ragtime-ish "Baby, I Love You" doesn't work, and Flack's piano solo "Mood" is self-indulgent. Yet what remains most striking some thirty years after the album's initial release is how perfectly Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's voices blend, and how they still can stir the soul. No duo ever did it better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Duet Album From Two Stellar Artists!! July 27, 2006
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I was 8 yr old when this album came out and

it got heavy rotation from my mother and her freinds!

The musical marriage of Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack

was just musical perfection!

Both were prodigious talents vocal-wise and

in their fluency as instrumentalists!

There are a few covers on here..the only one I

could've done without was their rendition of Aretha's

classic "Baby, I Love You" because they brought

absolutely nothing to it.

But make no errors!

They absolutely put their foot in "I Who Have Nothing"

with it's deep bluesy longing that just captures the

pathos perfectly of wanting someone who doesn't want

you as much as you want them! (Woo!--Timeless!)

Donny Hathaway's rendition of "For All We Know" has

become the stuff of legend, and quite a few people

actually think that he was the originator

of this standard!

Now that's when you know that an artist has put

their mark on a song!...When everybody just assumes

that their rendition is the definitive one!

(Kinda like Luther and "A House Is Not A Home"

or "Superstar"!!)

Donny's voice was like buttah!

That man was just so brilliant that it hurts!

I also like what he and Roberta did on

"You've Lost That Loving Feeling"..

a kind of early 70's R&B / Jazz experiment that

opened it up more.

But now, nobody can top the Righteous Brothers version!

Donny & Roberta's version of "You've Got A Freind"

has also become one of legend!--(Just wonderful!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic February 19, 2005
By R.B.
Format:Audio CD
I can't say that I was around when this album was first released, but many current soul artists have invoked the names of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway so I figured I'd check this album out. This album is a wonderful collection of standards and original compositions. Roberta and Donny have made each of these songs their own, the emotion is overflowing. The instrumentation and vocal arrangements are superb, they help this album transcend genre. I'd recommend this album to just about anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very warm and beautiful album October 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
this 1972 classic album came out when i was 8 going on 9 years old.roberta flack and donny hathaway represent the best of classic duos in music favorite tracks on this album are:'be real black for me'the hit single-'where is the love'and the very beautiful 'when love has grown' and the very dark beautiful instrumental piano piece entitled 'mood'/it is genius on how beautiful the way they have the songs 'where is the love' and 'when love has grown' back 2 back.this is a very warm and beautiful album from 2 music legends.roberta&donny along with marvin&tammi and ashford&simpson and stevie&syreeta and rick&teena are the measuring stick 2 follow by.duets of this caliber in music will never be i've said before,this is a very warm and beautiful album...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sounds...
Love this CD. Donny Hathaway was an incredible vocalist - gone too soon from this world. Roberta Flack is a phenom.
Published 6 months ago by Joanna Guidi
5.0 out of 5 stars CD - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
My husband and I enjoyed frequenting Mr. Henry's Restaurant where Roberta Flack performed in Washington, D.C. She was always one of our favorites. Read more
Published 8 months ago by barb b
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I purchased 3 or 4 Robert Flack CDs and no longer have this one. Some I liked better than others This must have been one I wasnt so excited about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by wayzlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Roberta and Donny are a magical combination --Donny Hathaway was an amazing talent. It is one of the great duets album.
Published 13 months ago by Deborah R. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK album
Somehow I expected more from this album but it didn't deliver. Perhaps for the diehard Donny Hathaway fan it would've suited but I'm afraid it didn't do much for me...
Published 14 months ago by Ian Yin
3.0 out of 5 stars Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Enjoyed the CD. Was not please with some of the songs on the CD. Liked 5 out of the 10 selections. Regardless, I still enjoy other songs that this duo have produced together or... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donnie Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars close to perfection
A very good album, but to my ears it stops a bit short of being a classic, mainly due to the material. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
2.0 out of 5 stars The 70's
I bought this CD because of one song on it: "Where is the Love?". This was a great song from this 70's and they don't play it enough on the 70's stations I listen to (on... Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by K. Dantzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds up over the years
I remembered this album playing in my mom's house when I grew up. It is still a gem. Great soul music that has held up very well, crack rhythm section with Bernard Purdie and Chuck... Read more
Published on July 25, 2010 by D. Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway singing together is a "perfect storm" collaboration. Their voices complement each other so well that whenever I hear their duets it's like God-like... Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by Geminigirl
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