donny-hathaway.jpgThe following is a re-post from February 2007 for a friend in need of some Donny.

Last month I finally bought an “official” copy of Donny Hathaway’s long bootlegged, import only, 1972 live album that was recorded here in L.A. at The Troubadour, and at The Bitter End in New York City. The German import is only sixteen greenbacks, and thanks to the internets, it’s now readily available.

But this was not the case back in 1998 when a friend made a copy for me, noting, as he handed it over to me, that (it) was “some funky ass shit.” Funky ass shit, indeed.

Most of you have no doubt heard various Hathaway studio staples over the years (not to mention his duets with Roberta Flack), but it’s in a live setting that the man truly, truly shined. I have posted his cover of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” before off the album (which also made an appearance on the Oliver Wang curated Soul Sides compilation), so here are the two opening tracks off the LP (note the marvin gaye cover). If you like soul, shit, if you have soul, pick up live document of a man on fire. I doubt you will want to listen to much else for a week afterwards.

MP3: Donny Hathaway :: What’s Goin’ On (cover)
MP3: Donny Hathaway :: The Ghetto
Amazon: Donny Hathaway – Live 1972 (look for used copies on the cheap)

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9 Responses to “Donny Hathaway :: Live 1972 (Import)”

  1. yes, funky ass shit indeed! I really love “The Ghetto.” There’s nothing finer than soul jam. It made me go find my dancing shoes. There that’s better. Shimmying in the living room with momma.

  2. Nice! And a coincidence that you posted this – I just had Hotpipes on my radio show on Tuesday, and they played the amazing cover of “Jealous Guy” from this album.

  3. […] MP3 Friday: Twelfth Edition It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Ready? OK! First up, Aquarium Drunkard has a pair of Donny Hathwaway MP3s, as well as five tracks from Lewis and Clarke. Sweet. My Old Kentucky’s Dodge this week posts two tracks from Dean and Britta, a group with a very interesting back story: “Dean Wareham, former lead of Galaxie 500 and Luna, met Britta Phillips when she auditioned for Luna in 2000. Britta used to provide the singing voice for the cartoon rocker JEM (JEM & the Holograms) and was a member of the band Belltower, she became the bassist for Luna. ” JEM?!?! Are you kiddin me? *Awesome!* Oliver Wang at soul-sides has the track “I Can’t Wait (Until I See My Baby’s Face),” first from Aretha Franklin, then from Dusty Springfield For fans of down-tempo electronic music (like me!), 3Hive has a track from Australia’s All India Radio You Can Take the Boy Out of Brooklyn has two tracks from the Manic Street Preachers. Let’s hear it for the nineties! Different Kitchen posts links to three different sets of free mixtapes. Go get em! RockInsider is in NYC, but listening to Thailand. She posts an MP3, as well as one from Grizzly Bear. For fellow fans of flashback punk out there, The Slats Rock Cleveland (that is, popular music site IRockCleveland posts an MP3 from Minneapolis’ The Slats. And last but certainly not not awesome, Chromewaves has a new MP3 from Midnight Movies. Ok, enjoy the MP3s on your Zune! You know what’s interesting? MP3 Friday posts are always the most read on this site, but they always get the fewest comments. Anyways, have a great weekend everybody! Be sure to get out there and take pictures!  |  Saturday, February 24, 2007 12:51 AM  |  0 Comments Tags: MP3, Friday  […]

  4. Oh, yeah! This album contains the long-lost hair-on-the-back-of-yer-neck-raising version of “You’ve Got a Friend” that I’ve been looking for and not finding. Thanks for the heads-up, JG.

  5. I never heard this LP before but a day after I saw this post I read this in an interview with Derek Trucks in Hittin’ The Note:
    “There’s a reason why At Fillmore East is such a great recording-those songs were tried and true and they knew those tunes inside and out. So it becomes less about thinking and more about improvisation inside of the songs. On the great Donny Hathaway Live record, the same was true.”
    These songs are great. Thanks.

  6. philco, thanks for posting that. great to see this live lp getting some love out there.

  7. Finest live album ever made.

  8. Here’s a corrected link to Oliver Wang’s Soul Sides album

  9. Damn, has it been a year since I read the original post and my life was changed forever? Thanks Drunkard for the heads up on Donny and especially Terry Callier.

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