Track of the Day: 'You've Got a Friend' by Donny Hathaway

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Jay is blown away by this cover from Donny Hathaway:

This is the best live recording I have ever come across. The ecstatic screaming at the beginning lets you know that something special is going to happen. Carole King [who wrote and first performed the song] and James Taylor both perform the song admirably. However, Donny’s fever-dream delivery is otherworldly. The audience brings a supernatural energy as they half-sing, half-shout the chorus and interject with wild yelps.

This song is proof of a “higher power” at work. There is simply no rational explanation for such a transcendent performance.    

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