Everything Is Everything (LP RECORD)
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22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
One of His Very Best Studio Recordings! Jul 19, 2001
By Raider Jack
"Jackie D Gray-Romeyn"
While it is true, that Donny truly shines in live performance, this was my first introduction to Mr. Hathaway as an impressionable 18-year old longing for a male musical identity. Before, it had been all females, most notably, Aretha. However, when I first heard "Thank You Master For Saving My Soul" I KNEW that I had found the ultimate model. His piano playing is quite simply flawless. He also established his reputation here as one who covers whatever tune he feels he can lend something to, and prime examples were "Misty" and, of course, "To Be Young, Gifted, And Black." Each and every time I listen to him (or today, his daugher) I am reminded of what an awesome talent he was and a definite loss to the industry he was. To be sure, some cuts stand out more than others, but when you look at his body of work as a whole, you can see how he made a lasting impression on serious musicians. Above all, I recommend any of his live recordings and to make your collection complete, you owe it to yourself to give a listen to anything this man recorded.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
A Debut Of Great Promise For A Brilliant But Tragic Legend! Nov 16, 2005
By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!!
Every time I hear Donny Hathaway, I am so moved
with both great joy and awe of his god-given gifts
as well as sadness over how his career bascially went
under the radar while he was alive and of course,
how his life ended so tragically!
I often think about how pleasantly surprised he would
have been to see his work have such an influence on a
whole generation of younger talents who were but embryos
when he was doing his thing all those years ago!
I also imagine him being pleased by his daughter
Layla and her success!
This was his best and most cohesive studio album
and it has some great gems on it..my faves are:
"Je Vouz Aime Vouz (That Means I Love You)", "Misty",
"Sugar Lee" and "Thank You Master For My Soul"
all which kill me in their own unique ways!
Of course, I prefer the live versions of "The Ghetto"
and "Young, Gifted & Black" to the ones on here.
Donny was one of the few artists who could create
something live that was better than what he did
in the studio!
Donny Hathaway is the invisible every man of
R&B / Jazz / Soul with a strong gospel-inflection,
and his influence, both vocal and instrumental-wise is eternal!
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Brilliant Jan 11, 2002
By The Groove
Donny Hathaway is one of the most vital figures in 1970's soul music. This album is nothing short of excellent, with the heart-moving "I Love You." In this day in age where male r&b singers get more and more trendy, we need a vocalist like Hathaway more urgently than ever.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Everything Is Everything May 04, 2005
Listening to this disc reminds me of why I love music - Donny Hathaway is gone too soon from this world. I wish he could have gotten the help he needed to deal with his inner demons but his musical legacy definitely helps ME get through my own Tryin Times and battle my own demons and for that, I am forever greatful.
This entire album is exquisitely excellent, there's not one bad track but there are some that stand out to me:
Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) - great musical production!! 10/10
Je Vous Aime (I Love You) - so soulful, such a beautiful love song. 10/10
Misty - excellent remake 10/10
Tryin Times - timeless song expressing commentary about what was going on then but also speaks to what is going on in today's times 10/10
Thank You Master For My Soul - excellent soulful gospel song that doesn't overpower 10/10
The Ghetto - although I prefer the live versions of this song, it's pretty damn close to a masterpiece & just as powerful as any song on Marvin Gaye's 'What's Goin On' 10/10
To Be Young, Gifted & Black - one of my favorite Donny tracks, picks up my spirits every single time I hear it 100/10
A Dream - words can't suffice for how much I love this song - the arrangement and Donny's phrasing throughout...make this song heaven for me. 100/10
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
A Man Of Great Soul Nov 13, 2001
By K. J. Bryant
Donny Hathaway is the most under-rated R&B male singer of our time. He is not mention with Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye, which is sad. Stevie and Marvin only became political after Donny did. I am for one mad that radio or other artists are not real about this man's influence on music. I had to search high and low about this man and his life. This album showcase a man of immeasureable talent and at the same time displays his torture soul. If you want REAL soul music with both meaning that teaches you about life, GOD, the human spirit, and the world. This album is for you. A MUST HAVE!!!!
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