Softly with These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Roberta Flack was blessed with one of the loveliest, most soothing voices in the music industry. In the 1970s, she not only appealed to pop and R&B audiences, but also fit in with the era's more serious, sensitive singer/songwriters. She scored some of the decade's biggest hits with classics such as "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly with His Song," and "Feel Like Making Love," as well as her legendary duets with Donny Hathaway, all which have gone on to become standards in the pop pantheon. This single-disc set attempts to collect her best and most successful recordings from the 1970s to the 1990s, when she enjoyed the success of another Top ...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Roberta Flack was blessed with one of the loveliest, most soothing voices in the music industry. In the 1970s, she not only appealed to pop and R&B audiences, but also fit in with the era's more serious, sensitive singer/songwriters. She scored some of the decade's biggest hits with classics such as "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly with His Song," and "Feel Like Making Love," as well as her legendary duets with Donny Hathaway, all which have gone on to become standards in the pop pantheon. This single-disc set attempts to collect her best and most successful recordings from the 1970s to the 1990s, when she enjoyed the success of another Top Ten hit with Diane Warren's "Set the Night to Music" with Maxi Priest. However, this ambitious collection, even with such stellar material, proves a little frustrating due to the omission of several key tracks from Flack's catalog, among those "Jesse," "If I Ever See You Again," "You've Got a Friend," and several others. It does, however, manage to incorporate other Flack collectibles, including her soundtrack hit "Making Love," her hit with Peabo Bryson, "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," her lovely, breezy, chart-topping 1988 R&B hit "Oasis," and a sleek 1990s house track, "Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out Here It Comes." This ambitious yet frustrating collection not only highlights Flack's long, illustrious career, but also brings to attention the fact that a multi-disc retrospective on this legendary singer would be a most welcome addition to her catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227997588
  • Catalog Number: 237756

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roberta Flack Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Maxi Priest Vocals
Peabo Bryson Vocals
Donny Hathaway Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Luther Vandross Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Earl Klugh Acoustic Guitar
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Barry Miles Synthesizer, Conductor, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Linn Drum
Chuck Rainey Bass
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach Synthesizer
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Gene Page Performing Ensemble, Rhythm
Rachele Cappelli Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Barnes Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes Background Vocals
Plex Barnhart Keyboards
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Ray Chew Strings, Horn
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Michael Fisher Percussion
Mike Fisher Percussion
Eric Gale Guitar
Reggie Griffin Background Vocals
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Craig Hundley Synthesizer
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jack Jennings Vibes
Randy Kerber Synthesizer, Piano
Brenda White-King Vocals, Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Michael Landau Guitar
Yvonne Lewis Vocals
Ray Lucas Drums
Arif Mardin Conductor
Joe Mardin Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Michael Masser Rhythm
Sammy Merendino Drums
Jason Miles Synthesizer
Marcus Miller Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone
Mark Stephens Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Richard Tee Piano
Steve Thornton Percussion
Carlos Vega Drums
Ed Walsh Synthesizer
Brenda White Vocals
Buddy Williams Drums, Vocals
Gabrielle Goodman Background Vocals
Chude Mondlane Background Vocals
Rachele Rappelli Background Vocals
Keith Barnhart Keyboards
Craig Huntley Synthesizer
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar, Vocals
Larry Andrew Williams Synthesizer
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Peabo Bryson Arranger, Producer
Roberta Flack Arranger, Producer
Luther Vandross Vocal Arrangements
Barry Miles Arranger, Producer
Burt Bacharach Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Producer
Eric Mercury Producer
Gene Page Orchestration
Gene McDaniels Producer
Joe Brooks Producer
Joel Dorn Producer
Ahmet Ertegun Producer, Executive Producer
Joe Ferla Producer
Rubina Flake Arranger, Producer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Producer
Robbie Kondor Arranger, Programming
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Joe Mardin Programming
Michael Masser Producer
Eugene McDaniels Producer
Sammy Merendino drum programming
Marcus Miller Producer
Leon Pendarvis Arranger
Ned Washington Composer
Keith Barnhart Programming
Greenberg Kingsley Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Roberta Flack

    Without a doubt 1 of the sweetest, most beautiful voices ever! Having said that I'm always amazed that compilations like this from Ms. Flack never include 1 of the most stunningly beautiful songs she ever did and that's her version of "Ballad of the Sad Young Men". On that point I'm disappointed but you still cannot go wrong with this artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Roberta Flack

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is one of the most beautifully sung and romantic songs of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking!

    Being a huge Roberta Flack fan, this compilation of her best hits and some of my all time favorites, literally swept me away. She is forever timeless and I am forever grateful to own such incredible talent on one CD. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    143 FOREVER!

    A COLLECTION BY ROBERTA FLACK THAT GRABS AND CAPTIVATES AS IT SOOTHES THE SPIRIT AND CALMS THE SOUL!! SHE HAS CREATIVELY CAPTURED THE SENSATIONS OF THE HEART; LOVE, JOY AND PAIN.

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