Saturday, March 7, 2009
TRACK OF THE DAY
WAV - MP3
A Donny Hathaway track from 1973 I'd never heard ? WTF ?
A few weeks back I was talking music with an old friend, and we got to talking about how much we both love Hathaway's final studio album, "Extension of a Man" from 1973.
There's a multi-layered melancholy when listening to it - the passion of his extraordinary voice, songwriting and arrangements mixes with the poignancy of the promise that it showed, in the knowledge of the fact that he jumped off a building six years later, deep in depression.
"Yes", said my friend, "that's why that extra track from the sessions on that Atlantic comp a few years ago was like a gift, so unexpected ... "
"The Atlantic Unearthed comp ... unreleased tracks from Atlantic artists".
And so I discovered that I'd missed the 2006 release of a Donny Hathaway song, coming from the same sessions as one of my favourite 70s soul albums ... Maybe I'm the last person on earth to discover it, maybe not. I decided that if even one of you haven't heard it, it's worth a post. It wouldn't have been the best track if it had made the album, but it gets me when that chorus kicks in halfways through.
Download above, 320 MP3, or just have a listen.
"Extension of a Man" link goes to "Rare & Groove Jazz"