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If Ever An Artist Deserved A Two-Disc Anthology....

It's Roberta. This cd highlights most of Roberta's career and the disc as a whole clocks in at 77 minutes. Not all the albums are sampled and not all her hits are featured. From the lp "I'm The One" the obsure but well performed "'Til The Morning Comes" was chosen over the more successful single "In The Name Of Love" and the title track and hit single "I'm The One." Roberta's early albums could have been represented by a single track, "Reverend Lee" from "Chapter Two" and anything from "Quiet Fire." Roberta's last studio album for Atlantic, "Roberta," is mentioned in the liner notes but not sampled; nor is a track from her 1979 "Roberta Flack" lp. The songs present however represent her biggest hits ever and the mastering is the best of any Roberta Flack album to date; kudos to Rhino for not using single edits, save for "Back Together Again", that song's album length is over nine minutes. "Trade Winds" is a "flip side" from "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" single and the side here is different than the cd release. While all of us will find issues with this single disc, Roberta's output deserves to be anthologized on a two disc set but until that happens, this disc represents the absolute best of this remarkable woman's work.


Ms. Flack is exquisite in this appropriately titled discology. Her music has blessed us all and will be loved for generations.

Smooth Soul Memories

Ever since "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," graced the Monterey Bay scene in the 1972 movie "Play Misty For Me," she was bound for greatness. That haunting melody was the perfect backdrop for this Clint Eastwood movie. Roberta went on to have one after another chart toppers that are still played today. This the perfect album for a romantic mood.


Born: February 10, 1939 in Asheville, NC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Classy, urbane, reserved, smooth, and sophisticated -- all of these terms have been used to describe the music of Roberta Flack, particularly her string of romantic, light jazz ballad hits in the 1970s, which continue to enjoy popularity on MOR-oriented adult contemporary stations. Flack was the daughter of a church organist and started playing piano early enough to get a music scholarship and eventually, a degree from Howard University. After a period of student teaching, Flack was discovered singing...
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