Very Best Of Roberta Flack CD (2006)

Artist: Roberta Flack

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An elegant and legendary vocal superstar, Roberta Flack wraps an unmistakable delivery around a timeless R&B sound laced with beautiful hints of jazz, pop, and soul. Spanning 1969-1991, this single-disc set includes 17 hits and favorites, including "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly With His Song," and "Feel Like Making Love."


Label Rhino / Wea
SKU 202141099
UPC 081227333225
UPC 14 00081227333225
Format CD
Release Date 2/7/2006
Author Roberta Flack
Associated Artist/Work Bryson, Peabo
Associated Artist/Work Hathaway, Donny
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Dionne Warwick
Artist Influence Jerry Butler
Artist Influence Joan Baez
Artist Influence Lena Horne
Artist Influence Mavis Staples
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Richie Havens
Artist Contemporary Ann Peebles
Artist Contemporary Aretha Franklin
Artist Contemporary Barry White
Artist Contemporary Bette Midler
Artist Contemporary Betty Wright
Artist Contemporary Bill Withers
Artist Contemporary Carole King
Artist Contemporary Diana Ross
Artist Contemporary Donny Hathaway
Artist Contemporary Dusty Springfield
Artist Contemporary Freddie Jackson
Artist Contemporary Gladys Knight
Artist Contemporary James Ingram (Vocals/Keys)
Artist Contemporary Janis Ian
Artist Contemporary Joni Mitchell
Artist Contemporary Laura Nyro
Artist Contemporary Les McCann
Artist Contemporary Luther Vandross
Artist Contemporary Marvin Gaye
Artist Contemporary Minnie Riperton
Artist Contemporary Natalie Cole
Artist Contemporary Patti Austin
Artist Contemporary Patti LaBelle
Artist Contemporary Peabo Bryson
Artist Contemporary Teddy Pendergrass
Artist Follower Alicia Keys
Artist Follower Angie Stone
Artist Follower Cassandra Wilson
Artist Follower Corinne Bailey Rae
Artist Follower Erykah Badu
Artist Follower Faith Evans
Artist Follower Heather Headley
Artist Follower Jill Scott
Artist Follower Lauryn Hill
Artist Follower Mary J. Blige
Artist Follower Norah Jones
Artist Follower Sade
Artist Follower Toni Braxton
Artist Follower Zara McFarlane
Technical Info
Engineer Gene Paul; Jimmy Douglass; Daren Klein; Ed Rak; Eric Calvi; Ollie Cotton; Scott Mabuchi; Brad Lee; Richard McKernan; Howie Lindeman; Michael O'Reilly; Richard L. Alderson; William Arit; Bruce Miller; Bruce Swedien; Carla Bandini; Gene Paul; Jimmy Douglass
Producer Joel Dorn; Roberta Flack; Arif Mardin; Ralph MacDonald; Rubina Flake; Jerry Hey; Michael Masser; Barry Miles; Joe Ferla; Eugene McDaniels; Burt Bacharach; Eric Mercury; Marcus Miller; William Salter; Carole Bayer-Sager; Joel Dorn; Arif Mardin; Rubina Flak
CatalogID 8122733322
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 02/07/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227333225
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Roberta Flack (vocals, piano, keyboards); Roberta Flack (electric piano); Maxi Priest , Peabo Bryson (vocals); Lee Ritenour , Michael Landau, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar); Gene Orloff, Emanuel Green (violin); Theodore Israel, Alfred Brown , Selwart Clarke (viola); Charles McCracken , George Ricci (cello); Ray Chew (strings, horns); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Richard Tee (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Randy Kerber (piano, synthesizer); Robbie Kondor (keyboards, programming); Marcus Miller (keyboards, background vocals); Larry E. Williams, Craig Huntley, Barry Miles, Paul Griffin (synthesizer); Chuck Rainey, Ron Carter (bass guitar); Jim Keltner, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Buddy Williams , Carlos Vega (drums); Errol Crusher Bennett, Mike Fisher , Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Thornton (percussion); Sammy Merendino (drum programming); Brenda White-King, Diva Gray, Gabrielle Goodman, Zack Saunders, Eleanore Mills, Jerry Barnes, Dennis Collins , Kacey Cisyk, Katreese Barnes, Lani Groves, Vivian Cherry (background vocals); Donny Hathaway (vocals, keyboards); Eric Gale , Hugh McCracken, John Pizzarelli (guitar); Burt Bacharach (synthesizer); Jack Jennings (vibraphone); Ray Lucas, Steve Gadd , Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Rick Essig.
Liner Note Authors: Roberta Flack; David Nathan .
Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY; Bell Sound Studio, New York, NY; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Master Sound Astoria Studios, Astoria, NY; Paul Serano Studios, Chicago, IL; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Rosebud Recording Studio, New York, NY; Skyline Studios, New York, NY; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: David Redfern; Jack Robinson.
Arrangers: Roberta Flack; Rubina Flake; Jerry Hey; Barry Miles; Gwen Guthrie; Leon Pendarvis; Luther Vandross; Robbie Kondor.
It's quite easy to place Roberta Flack near the top of the pile of singer/songwriters who changed the course of pop music, not only soul music, during the '70s. She was fortunate enough to deliver the velvet-smooth ballad "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" to an unsuspecting public, and followed it up with an onslaught of ballads that would keep her on the charts for the remainder of the decade. From start to finish, this greatest-hits compilation is the most comprehensive look at her finest moments available on record. From her legendary string of duets with Donny Hathaway to her duets with Peabo Bryson and Maxi Priest that kept her at the top of the charts through the '80s, they're all here. But it's not just the duets that made Flack such an outstanding performer, as her solo works also rate high in quality. Free of the filler and goofy remixes that can make other greatest-hits collections seem diluted, this is easily the best retrospective of her work available to date. ~ Rob Theakston
Artist Overview
A former nightclub singer, Roberta Flack used her unflappable vocal technique to perfect a nuanced melange of soul, jazz, gospel, and folk music. Her sophisticated approach would reach its commercial and artistic zenith with the 1973 chart-topper "Killing Me Softly With His Song." Although the decades that followed weren't quite as kind to Flack, her work in the '70s remains some of the finest of the era and a huge inspiration to an entire generation of female R&B singers.
Artist Bio
Roberta FlackBorn in Asheville, North Carolina, and raised in Arlington,Virginia, Roberta Flack. discovered her earliest musical influences from the church. The local AME Zion Church gave everyone the opportunity to get out of the house, but, as Roberta recalls, the music "didn't have the raunchy, wide-open, free, spontaneous, full-of-life thing that you could hear at the Baptist Church down the street." Whenever she could, she'd sneak over there to hear such gospel luminaries as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers. At home, Roberta's father repaired an old upright piano, and she began to pick out tunes while sitting on her mother's lap. When she turned nine, she began taking piano lessons, and also started to listen to a wide range of popular music, R&B, jazz, blues, and pop.While she was thrilling audiences oversees in South Africa, Roberta's accomplishments were being celebrated in America, during the historical five-hour VH-1 program, The 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. She ranked highly, sharing the company of Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Alanis Morissette and several other trail-blazing female artists.
Disc 1
1 Killing Me Softly With His Song
2 Where Is the Love
3 Feel Like Makin' Love
4 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The
5 And So It Goes
6 Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
7 Closer I Get to You, The
8 'Til The Morning Comes
9 Back Together Again
10 making Love
11 Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)
12 Set the Night to Music
13 You Are My Heaven
14 Oasis
15 Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
16 And So It Goes (Reprise)
17 Trade Winds
Product Attributes
Artist Flack,Roberta
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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