March 22, 2017 It’s Funny What You Remember

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Roberta Flack, Quiet Fire, Atlantic SD-1594, 1971

This was Roberta Flack’s third album for Atlantic, and it wasn’t really a hit.  It was from the odd time before she really broke through commercially in 1972 with the smash The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, even though that song had already come out on her first album.  It seems weird that a song that could spend six weeks at #1 could just be out there for years before becoming a hit, but that’s what happened here.

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Instead, this album had been out for a few weeks when Face was included in the Clint Eastwood movie Play Misty For Me.  That triggered the singles success and propelled Flack’s 1969 debut album First Take to #1, while the “new” Roberta Flack record struggled to hit #18.  Apparently people at the time didn’t care for her covers of The Shirelles’ Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, or the 6:41 cover of The Bees Gees’ To Love Somebody.  That makes this Flack album fairly hard to find these days, and I haven’t seen one in decades.

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In fact, the last time I remember seeing it was when my younger sister and I were being baby sat somewhere and out of boredom we went looking through the house’s record collection.  Being the non-worldly 8 year old my sister was, she wasn’t familiar with the name “Roberta”.  She was reading the names and titles on the various record sleeves and pulled this one out and burst out screaming “AHHHHH  Look at the hair on this guy Robert A. Flack!”

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $283 Remaining

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November 13, 2016 Strollin’ In The Park

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Roberta Flack, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Atlantic SD-18131, 1975

She doesn’t get enough credit today, but Roberta Flack was probably the best selling female solo artist for a few years in the early 70s.  This album was the last one released during that incredible streak.  Curiously, it came out 10 months after the #1 title track, but it’s still a fantastic record that blends soul with jazz and pop.

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There’s not much to the artwork, but the front cover does imply winter turning into spring.  That’s good because that’s the first line of the first song on side one.

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It’s a gatefold cover, so at least on the inside we get a small picture of baby Roberta and not much else beyond some really great credits.  I’ve been lucky enough to see both Patti Austin and Betty Buckley in concert, and it’s great to know they’re singing the background vocals.

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I know this isn’t really a theme week, but I’ve been finding really great records to show.  Not just random oddities that fit my budget but very solidly done music that just doesn’t get heard much these days.  This album is really great and all it took to take home forever was $2 and about 2 hours of sifting through 2000 used R&B records.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $650 Remaining