*This is a Vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2014
Label: Friday Music
Originally released in 1978
- You Were Meant For Me
- A Song For You
- You’ve Got A Friend (with Roberta Flack)
- Someday We’ll All Be Free
- Giving Up
- Where Is The Love (with Roberta Flack)
- The Ghetto (Live)
- Valdez In The Country
- This Christmas
Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the ’70’s soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his short lifetime. Thanks to today’s respect and care given to his music by a whole new generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul’s pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him, Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres.
Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music ever waxed.
In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree, continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, more than four decades since!
The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like the funk-infused “The Ghetto,” the definitive balladry of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack “Where Is The Love,” which truly opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely-missed genius.
Even more classics abound as you’ll hear the only vinyl release versions of his beautiful last top charting R&B ballad “You Were Meant For Me” and his standard holiday gem “This Christmas.” The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs of our time “Someday We’ll All Be Free” which is truly a milestone song for this artist. This 1978 greatest hits LP hasn’t been available on vinyl for many decades… that is until now!
Mastered impeccably from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe “Philly Soul” Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork elements by Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information not seen in LP cover form in years!