Where It All Begins

Where It All Begins

by Lalah HathawayLalah Hathaway


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The artwork for Where It All Begins, Lalah Hathaway's second Stax album, features a striking collage of her father Donny's album covers, with Lalah cleverly inserted in place of her father on most of them. In addition to family photos scattered throughout the booklet, Lalah maintains a looking-back theme with a naturally heart-rending version of her father's "You Were Meant for Me," the original of which was issued as a single a few months prior to his tragic passing. Lalah also reaches back 20 years for a hushed but powerful remake of her own "I'm Coming Back," her fourth charting single, first released in 1991. Otherwise, Where It All Begins picks up where 2008's Self Portrait left off, though the pop-R&B-type moves -- buzzing synthesizers, harder beats -- are a little more pronounced. "If You Want To," a gleaming disco-funk track co-written by Rahsaan Patterson, is the best of that lot; the remainder of the album's highlights are relatively subdued, led by the gliding, atmospheric title track -- a stunning throwback to lyrically inward, sonically otherworldly soul-jazz of the '70s. There's also a pleasant surprise in the form of "Wrong Way," an uplifting number driven by bright acoustic guitar and a big chorus. It could easily fit into the playlist of a mature-rock radio station.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072321977
catalogNumber: 32197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Primary Artist
Melvin Davis   Bass
Eric Smith   Bass
Bobby Sparks   Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Arp Odyssey
Mikey Dan   Background Vocals
Eric Seats   Drums
Errol Cooney   Guitar
Chris Coleman   Drums
Mike Aaberg   Keyboards
Ernest Greene   Keyboards
Jairus Mozee   Guitar
Tiffany Loren   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lalah Hathaway   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Gary Taylor   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
Rahsaan Patterson   Composer
Bobby Sparks   Producer,Arp String Ensemble
John Stoddart   Orchestration
Mike City   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer
Dave Young   Composer
Errol Cooney   Composer,Producer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
J.R. Hutson   Producer
James Day   Composer
Brandon Kilgour   Engineer
Bryan Sledge   Composer
Lee Hutson   Composer
Rich King   Composer
William Peterkin   Composer
Jonathan Clark   Creative Consultant
Jonathan Richmond   Composer,Producer
Marcus King   Management
Ernest Greene   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Lewis Williams   Composer
Edwin "Lil Eddie" Serrano   Composer
Tosha Whitten-Griggs   Publicity
Terrence Lilly   Composer
Selina Donaldson   Merchandising

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