Shout Factory, fortunately always short on the shouting just released a 2-VD live one from Donnie Hathaway, who made a bad career move by committing suicide in 1979 at the ripe old age of 34. He's best known for his duets with Roberta Flack but these are a couple of live shows, complete with the dreaded drum solo. All the right people say the right things about Hathaway, but to me, it's not much better than OK. When I said essentially the same thing about Nick Drake - well, that's how I got fired from American Songwriter Magazine - sure do miss those 10 dollar checks. I'll save my Shout Factory adjectives for their English Beat re-issue. If I want some soul music, I'll throw on some Sam Cooke or James Brown.
Rockin' Roll Call
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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