8 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It didn't take long for the pop world to catch up with young Roberta Flack. Her stunning reading of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" in 1969 opened the door to pop stardom, and soon Flack was singing cool soul music with the biggest names in R&B. This 1973 milestone marked Flack's ascent to the top of the charts, on her way to becoming one of the top-selling voices of the mid-'70s. Her unique style, characterized by hushed intensity and quietly sexy phrasing, provided the perfect contrast and a quenching alternative to the soul belters of the same period. Key tracks: "Jesse," "Suzanne," "Killing Me Softly with His Song.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

It didn't take long for the pop world to catch up with young Roberta Flack. Her stunning reading of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" in 1969 opened the door to pop stardom, and soon Flack was singing cool soul music with the biggest names in R&B. This 1973 milestone marked Flack's ascent to the top of the charts, on her way to becoming one of the top-selling voices of the mid-'70s. Her unique style, characterized by hushed intensity and quietly sexy phrasing, provided the perfect contrast and a quenching alternative to the soul belters of the same period. Key tracks: "Jesse," "Suzanne," "Killing Me Softly with His Song.”

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