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Format: CD
Sku: 202141099
UPC: 081227333225
UPC 14: 00081227333225
Release Date: 2/7/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Killing Me Softly With His Song ~ Roberta Flack
2. Where Is the Love ~ Roberta Flack
3. Feel Like Makin' Love ~ Roberta Flack
4. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The ~ Roberta Flack
5. And So It Goes ~ Roberta Flack
6. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love ~ Roberta Flack
7. Closer I Get to You, The ~ Roberta Flack
8. 'Til The Morning Comes ~ Roberta Flack
9. Back Together Again ~ Roberta Flack
10. making Love ~ Roberta Flack
11. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love) ~ Roberta Flack
12. Set the Night to Music ~ Roberta Flack
13. You Are My Heaven ~ Roberta Flack
14. Oasis ~ Roberta Flack
15. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long ~ Roberta Flack
16. And So It Goes (Reprise) ~ Roberta Flack
17. Trade Winds ~ Roberta Flack
 
"Roberta Flack

Born 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."

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."

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Rick Essig.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Roberta Flack; David Nathan.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: David Redfern; Jack Robinson.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Roberta Flack; Rubina Flake; Jerry Hey; Barry Miles; Gwen Guthrie; Leon Pendarvis; Luther Vandross; Robbie Kondor.
Muze PNote 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

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

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

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Donny Hathaway Collection
Muze Music Compilations Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Life As We Know It (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Hidden Gems
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations X Men:days Of Future Past (osc)

Associated Artists and Works

Bryson, Peabo
Hathaway, Donny

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/07/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8122733322
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227333225

Bio

Roberta Flack

Born 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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Flack,Roberta
Product attributeLabel:   Atlantic/q Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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