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Roberta Flack - First Take (1969) Japan (1989)

Rock, Blues, Pop, Japan Editions | Author: BlondStyle | 25-03-2018, 01:43
Roberta Flack - First Take (1969) Japan (1989)Artist: Roberta Flack
Title Of Album: First Take
Year Of Release: 1989-11-10 (1969-06-20)
Label (Catalog#): Warner-Pioneer Corporation [18P2-3079]
Country: Japan
Genre: R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop/Rock
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 46:06
Full Size: 543,56 Mb

Roberta Flack's debut album, titled First Take in true underachiever fashion, introduced a singer who'd assimilated the powerful interpretive talents of Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, the earthy power of Aretha Franklin, and the crystal purity and emotional resonance of folksingers like Judy Collins. Indeed, the album often sounded more like vocal jazz or folk than soul, beginning with the credits: a core quartet of Flack on piano, John Pizzarelli on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Ray Lucas on drums, as fine a lineup as any pop singer could hope to recruit. With only one exception the bluesy, grooving opener "Compared to What," during which Flack proves her chops as a soul belter she concentrates on readings of soft, meditative material. A pair of folk covers, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," are heart-wrenching standouts; the first even became a surprise hit two years later, when its appearance in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me pushed it to the top of the pop charts and earned Flack her first Grammy award for Record of the Year. Her arrangement of the traditional "I Told Jesus" has a simmering power, while "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" summons a stately sense of melancholy. Flack also included two songs from her college friend and future duet partner, Donny Hathaway, including a tender examination of the classic May-December romance titled "Our Ages or Our Hearts." The string arrangements of William Fischer wisely keep to the background, lending an added emotional weight to all of Flack's pronouncements. No soul artist had ever recorded an album like this, making First Take one of the most fascinating soul debuts of the era. ~Review by John Bush~


Arranged By [Horns, Strings] – William Fischer
Baritone Saxophone – Seldon Powell (tracks: 1, 4)
Bass – Ron Carter
Cello – Charles McCracken (tracks: 2 to 6, 8), George Ricci (tracks: 2 to 6, 8)
Conductor [Strings] – William Fischer (tracks: 2 to 6, 8)
Design [Cover] – Stanislaw Zagorski
Drums – Ray Lucas
Engineer [Re-mix] – Bob Liftin
Engineer [Recording] – William Arlt
Guitar – John Pizzarelli
Liner Notes – Les McCann
Photography By – Ken Heinen
Piano, Vocals – Roberta Flack
Producer – Joel Dorn
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Wess (tracks: 1, 4)
Trombone – Bennie Powell (tracks: 1, 4)
Trumpet – Jimmy Nottingham (tracks: 1, 4), Joe Newman (tracks: 1, 4)
Viola – Alfred Brown (tracks: 2 to 6, 8), Selwart Clarke (tracks: 2 to 6, 8), Theodore Israel (tracks: 2 to 6, 8)
Violin – Emanuel Green (tracks: 2 to 6, 8), Gene Orloff (tracks: 2 to 6, 8)

Release of this album: 1969, June, 20 [LP Atlantic Records, Cat.# SD 8230, USA]
Release of this CD: 1989, November, 10 [CD Warner-Pioneer Corporation (Japan), Cat.# 18P2-3079 / EAN: 4988014730792]
(c) 1969 Atlantic Recording Corporation.
Printed in Japan.
Made in Japan by Warner-Pioneer Corporation


01. Compared To What (05:16)
(Gene McDaniels)
02. Angelitos Negros (06:56)
(Andr?s Eloy Blanco, Manuel ?lvarez Maciste)
03. Our Ages Or Our Hearts (06:08)
(Donny Hathaway, Robert Ayers)
04. I Told Jesus (06:04)
(Traditional; Arranged by Roberta Flack)
05. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye (04:09)
(Leonard Cohen)
06. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (05:23)
(Ewan MacColl)
07. Tryin' Times (05:08)
(Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson)
08. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (07:02)
(Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf)

Roberta Flack - First Take (1969) Japan (1989)

Roberta Flack - First Take (1969) Japan (1989)



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