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Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J5V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,964 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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You just sit and listen.
Keturah Kendrick
I've borrowed the album, kept it and worn it out; bought the cassette and wore it out; finally I have the CD.
L. Kelsey
The musical marriage of Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack was just musical perfection!
HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!!

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Keturah Kendrick on 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.
GET THIS ALBUM IMMEDIATELY!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelsey on 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 By Samuel R. Baker on 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 By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on July 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 By R.B. on February 19, 2005
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 By zeni on August 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who have tired of what passes for R&B today, listen to this one! The blending of Roberta Flack's and Donny Hathaway's voices is a welcome (howbeit retro) rememdy for what ails you. I guarantee that the music on this CD is far more mature and meaningful than the staccato stutter of today's paint-by-the-number R&B wannabes.
"I (Who Have Nothing)" starts the CD off with a mournful, soulful plea. "Be Real Black for Me" is a simple request from one lover to another: Don't change; be yourself for me. Gotta love the tenderness of Hathaway's solo on "For All We Know." "Where Is the Love?" All over this beautiful album!
But the jewel of this collaboration has to be the quirky addition of "Come, Ye Disconsolate," a hymn thats lyrics were written in 1816 by Thomas Moore. This song almost brought tears to my eyes! Flack and Hathaway's treatment of this standard hymn takes one to the altar and leaves you kneeling, heart wrenched and soul stirred! I've played this one over and over.
A thoroughly enjoyable collection of duets by two truly soulful artists.
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