Boxing Donny

Never My Love is the title of a four-CD boxed set of Donny Hathaway material due to be released by Rhino/Atlantic on November 11. Along with a disc that collects together some of his best solo tracks and another that assembles his duets with Roberta Flack, there are two full discs of unreleased music, including previously unheard studio tracks and a number of live recordings found in the archives.

The first disc includes Donny’s debut single, I Thank You Baby – a song he wrote with Curtis Mayfield and performed with June Conquest. The rest of the disc includes selections from three studio albums – Everything Is Everything (1970), Donny Hathaway (1971) and Extension of a Man (1973) – and the soundtrack Hathaway recorded for Come Back Charleston Blue (1972). It also includes Hathaway’s final hit single, You Were Meant For Me.
Disc two uncovers 13 unreleased studio recordings spanning a full decade (1968-1978), including several tracks from the mid to late 1970s, often thought to be a period of musical hibernation for Hathaway. Among the unheard gems are Never My Love, a song recorded shortly after the sessions for Extension of a Man and A Lot Of Soul, a Nashville-flavoured track that recalls Hathaway’s arrangements for Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie.
The third disc expands upon the gold-certified album Live (1972), a widely acclaimed collection of Hathaway’s performances recorded in clubs in LA and New York. The set includes 10 previously unissued live recordings from Hathaway’s residency at The Bitter End in New York.

The final disc covers the many memorable hits recorded by Hathaway with Roberta Flack, one of the 1970s’ most successful musical partnerships.


Disc One: The Life and Music of Donny Hathaway
I Thank You Baby – June & Donnie
Just Another Reason – Donny Hathaway & June Conquest
The Ghetto – Part 1
The Ghetto – Part 2
Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Promo Edit
Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
Tryin’ Times
To Be Young, Gifted And Black
I Believe To My Soul
This Christmas
A Song For You
Magnificent Sanctuary Band
Giving Up
Come Back Charleston Blue – Donny Hathaway With Margie Joseph
Little Ghetto Boy – Studio Version
Valdez In The Country
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
Lord Help Me
Come Little Children
Love, Love, Love
Someday We’ll All Be Free
You Were Meant For Me

Disc Two: Unreleased Studio Recordings
Never My Love *
A Lot Of Soul *
Let’s Groove *
Latin Time *
Tally Rand *
Memory Of Our Love *
Sunshine And Showers *
After The Dance Is Done *
Don’t Turn Away *
Always The Same *
Brown Eyed Lady (Instrumental) *
The Sands Of Time *
Zyxygy Concerto *

Disc Three: Live at The Bitter End 1971
What’s Going On *
Sack Full Of Dreams *
Little Ghetto Boy *
You’ve Got A Friend *
Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) *
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother *
Jealous Guy *
I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know *
Hey Girl *
The Ghetto *

Disc Four: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Duets
I (Who Have Nothing)
You’ve Got A Friend
Baby I Love You
Be Real Black For Me
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
For All We Know
Where Is The Love
When Love Has Grown
Come Ye Disconsolate
The Closer I Get To You
You Are My Heaven
Back Together Again
* Previously Unreleased