10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Roberta Flack teamed up with old friend Donny Hathaway for their 1972 self-titled duet album, the two had already established themselves as solo artists. Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway brings together Flack’s quietly intense singing and piano-playing and Hathaway's gospel-influenced vocalizing and songwriting talents for an album of understated elegance and simmering passion. Roberta and Donny harken back to their church choir days for “For All We Know” and a stately reading of the hymn “Come Ye Disconsolate.” They turn up the funk quotient for “Baby I Love You” and luxuriate in a jazzy mood on “Where Love Has Grown.” Surprising interpretations of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”” (reconceived as a slow-burning soul ballad) and “You’ve Got A Friend” (marrying R&B with folk) find them taking chances. “Mood” allows Flack to shine with a meditative, classically-derived instrumental. Most of all, there’s “Where Is The Love,” the bittersweet lovers’ plea that won them a Grammy. Dim the lights, get cozy and savor this album’s magic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Roberta Flack teamed up with old friend Donny Hathaway for their 1972 self-titled duet album, the two had already established themselves as solo artists. Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway brings together Flack’s quietly intense singing and piano-playing and Hathaway's gospel-influenced vocalizing and songwriting talents for an album of understated elegance and simmering passion. Roberta and Donny harken back to their church choir days for “For All We Know” and a stately reading of the hymn “Come Ye Disconsolate.” They turn up the funk quotient for “Baby I Love You” and luxuriate in a jazzy mood on “Where Love Has Grown.” Surprising interpretations of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”” (reconceived as a slow-burning soul ballad) and “You’ve Got A Friend” (marrying R&B with folk) find them taking chances. “Mood” allows Flack to shine with a meditative, classically-derived instrumental. Most of all, there’s “Where Is The Love,” the bittersweet lovers’ plea that won them a Grammy. Dim the lights, get cozy and savor this album’s magic.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

CoquiNegra ,

the birth of smooth soul

I'm not sure who wrote the album review, but Flack and Hathaway had been collaborating since their days as Howard University music students; this album didn't introduce them to each other, it introduced the *rest of the world* to their talent. From gospel to covers of James Taylor songs, this one was as good an album as ever there was. Everyone who admires good soul music should buy it. This is my third copy: first on wax, then cassette, now MP3. It's a classic and I recommend it highly.

musicfanmichael ,

Amazing voices

An album that I have loved for years, and recently returned to - in particular the Hathaway vocals on For All We Know and the duet on Come Ye Disconsolate - the sounds of gospel soar through the air - must have music from extraordinary talents.

Neophyte ,

This album is excellent.

This is one the best duet Rhythm and Blues albums ever made. You've Got a Friend, which has been covered by many artists outside of the R&B/Soul genre, is indeed a classic. Ms. Flack's and the late Mr. Hathaway's musical personalities clearly compliment each other. For all of you old school R&B/Soul duet fans, this is definitely the album for you.

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