Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Back Together Again" by Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway

Song#:  0176
Date:  05/17/1980
Debut:  76
Peak:  56
Weeks:  8
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Flack and Hathaway were starting to record an album together and had two tracks done when he unfortunately committed suicide. Flack added songs to the two and released the album "Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway." It's first single, "You Are My Heaven" (Redux #0049) peaked at #47. This second single was the other duet they had recorded and it had about the same success as the first.

ReduxReview:  Ugh - a 9+ minute R&B song? Really? That kills it for me. I'm sure this had a single edit, but I couldn't find one anywhere, which is too bad. I might have liked it more. This is just unnecessarily long and I lost interest about the 4 minute mark. Even in edited form I'm not sure it would be a favorite. It has a nice groove, but there is nothing really outstanding about the song. Honestly, the last half of the song is the same section of music vamping over and over. Cut your losses and stop at the 4 minute mark. It's all over by then.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. The album got Flack a nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female.


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