Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

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Album-Release:
1979

HRA-Release:
23.09.2014

Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)04:07
  • 2God Don't Like Ugly04:39
  • 3You Are My Heaven04:15
  • 4Disguises02:27
  • 5Don't Make Me Wait Too Long07:51
  • 6Back Together Again09:50
  • 7Stay With Me03:51
  • Total Runtime37:00

Info for Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway

Issued mere months after the death of Donny Hathaway, this 1980 album was the second full-length collaboration between Roberta Flack and the troubled soul singer/pianist. Although the record is arguably eclipsed by Flack and Hathaway's initial duet outing in '72, it features a number of outstanding tracks, including the disco-tinged, Stevie Wonder-penned 'You Are My Heaven' and the funky 'Back Together Again,' the uplifting theme song to their well-received reunion.

Other highlights are 'Only Heaven Can Wait (For You),' a slow, smooth number that showcases Flack's nuanced singing, and the breezy, dance-floor-oriented 'Don't Make Me Wait Too Long.' Despite these optimistic tunes, however, it's likely that Hathaway was in a considerably dark frame of mind during the recording process, since he committed suicide before the disc's completion, resulting in a very bittersweet album. The silver lining of „Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway“ is that it features backing vocals by Luther Vandross, who was on the verge of launching his own solo career, making it essential for dedicated followers of R&B/soul history.

Roberta Flack, vocals, piano
Donny Hathaway, vocals, piano
Brenda White-King, vocals
Eric Mercury, vocals
Gwen Guthrie, vocals
Jocelyn Shaw, vocals
Eleanore Mills, vocals
Luther Vandross, vocals
Stevie Wonder, vocals
eggie Lucas, guitar
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Jeff Mironov, guitar
John Tropea, guitar
Raymond Jones, keyboards
Harry Whitaker, keyboards
Ray Chew, keyboards
Ronnie Foster, keyboards
Ed Walsh, synthesizer
Hubert Eaves III, synthesizer
Howard King, vocals, drums
Errol Crusher Bennett, percussion

Produced by Roberta Flack and Eric Mercury

Digitally remastered

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.

Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. Discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry's by jazz musician Les McCann, she was promptly signed to Atlantic With a string of hits, including, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Where Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His Song, Feel Like Makin' Love, The Closer I Get to You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Ms. Flack has built a musical legacy. In 1999, she aptly received a Star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame.

Roberta is currently involved with a very exciting studio venture — an interpretive album of Beatles' classics.

She regularly plays to appreciative audiences around the world, and had the pleasure of appearing recently with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. In February 2009, Ms. Flack performed with critically acclaimed orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, West Australian and Sydney Symphonies.

Very active as a humanitarian and mentor, Ms. Flack founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

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