Extension of a Man

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Extension of a Man
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Studio album by Donny Hathaway
Released June 18, 1973 (1973-06-18)
Recorded October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)-November 26, 1972 (1972-11-26)
Studio A&R Recording Studios
Bell Sound, Regent Sound
Atlantic Recording Studios
(New York, New York)
Universal Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Length 47:33
Label Atco
7029
Producer Arif Mardin
Donny Hathaway chronology
Live
(1972)
Extension of a Man
(1973)
In Performance
(1980)
Singles from Extension of a Man
  1. "Love, Love, Love"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Come Little Children"
    Released: 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars link
MusicHound 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Extension of a Man is an album released by the R&B/Soul singer Donny Hathaway on Atco Records in 1973.

The release was his last solo studio album. It is noted for including a young Stanley Clarke of (then) Return to Forever on a couple of tracks, as well as drummer Fred White, brother to Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, who worked with Hathaway in Chicago in the early days. White also played with Hathaway on concert dates and is featured on Hathaway's live performance recordings.


Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Donny Hathaway; except where indicated

  1. "I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry (Parts I & II)" - 5:32
  2. "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Hathaway, Edward Howard) - 4:14
  3. "Flying Easy" - 3:13
  4. "Valdez in the Country" - 3:33
  5. "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" (Al Kooper) - 5:23
  6. "Come Little Children" (Hathaway) - 4:35
  7. "Love, Love, Love" (J.R. Bailey, Ken Williams) - 3:25
  8. "The Slums" - 5:11
  9. "Magdalena" (Danny O'Keefe) - 3:08
  10. "I Know It's You" (Leon Ware) - 5:13
  11. "Lord Help Me" (Joe Greene, Billy Preston) - 4:06

"Lord Help Me" was originally only released as a B-side to the single "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". It did not feature on Extension of a Man until the 1993 Compact Disc re-release. The song features Billy Preston. Also, it is the only track produced by Jerry Wexler, with fellow Atlantic producer, Arif Mardin taking over production duties.

The opening instrumental track pays homage to the melody of "Here Comes Da Honey Man" from The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

Personnel[edit]

  • Donny Hathaway - Lead Vocals (tracks 2-10), Electric Piano (1-9), All Pianos (6-7, 9-10), Organ (5), Bass (6), Keyboards (11), Arrangements
  • Cornell Dupree (tracks 2-5, 7, electric- 8), David Spinozza (2-3, 10), Keith Loving (3-4, 7, acoustic- 8), John Bishop (6), Phil Upchurch (6) - Guitar
  • Grady Tate (tracks 1, 9), Fred White (5-6), Rick Marotta (10), Ray Lucas (2-4, 7-8) - Drums
  • Willie Weeks (tracks 2-5, 7-8), Russ Savakus (1), Stanley Clarke (1, 10), Gordon Edwards (9) - Bass
  • Hugh McCracken - Banjo (track 9), Guitar (5, 9)
  • Ralph MacDonald - Percussion (tracks 3-4, 7, 9)
  • David Newman - Saxophone (track 5)
  • Hubert Laws - Flute (track 1)
  • Marvin Stamm (tracks 1-2, 8-9), Joe Newman (1, 6), Ernie Royal (1) - Trumpet
  • Dominick Gravine (track 1), Garnett Brown (1), Paul Faulise (1), Wayne Andre (1), Tony Studd (8-9), Garnett Brown (6) - Trombone
  • Don Butterfield - Tuba (tracks 1, 8-9)
  • Phil Bodner - Clarinet (track 9), Alto saxophone (8)
  • Seldon Powell - Clarinet (tracks 6, 9), Reeds (1), Tenor saxophone (8)
  • Vincent Abato - Clarinet (track 1)
  • Romeo Penque, William Slapin - Reeds (track 1)
  • Charles McCracken, George Ricci, Kermit Moore - Cello (track 1)
  • Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins, Tony Miranda - French Horn (track 1)
  • Emanuel Green, Harry Lookofsky, Julien Barber, Noel DaCosta, Sanford Allen, Theodore Israel - Violin (track 1)
  • Gloria Agostini - Harp (track 1)
  • Henry Schuman - Oboe (track 1)
  • Cissy Houston (track 10), Myrna Smith (10), Sylvia Shemwell (10), Jimmy Douglass (8), Mario "Big M" Medious (8), Richard Wells (8), William "Mac" McCollum (8) - Backing Vocals
  • Myrna Summers & The Interdenominational Singers - Choir (tracks 1, 7-8)