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Robert Flack Compilation is Killing Us Softly from the U.K.

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U.K. music fans, do you need some romance in your life? Rhino’s got you covered the forthcoming release of Love Songs, a new compilation by Roberta Flack.

Flack is, of course, one of the most legendary artists on the Atlantic roster, scoring an impressive run of Top 5 hits (including three chart-toppers) through the 1970s. Her iconic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” were the first back-to-back Record of the Year Grammy winners by the same artist – and her voice, whether alone or paired with duet partners Donny Hathaway or Peabo Bryson, remains one of those warm, sensual touchstones for soul music as a whole.

Though nothing on the set is previously unreleased, a few of the tracks – notably Flack’s live work with Bryson and the theme to the 1981 film Bustin’ Loose – are largely unavailable on most other compilations. So it’s a nice, alternate look for the new or casual fan.

Pre-order the set from Amazon U.K. here. It’s out on February 15. And as always, the track list is after the jump.

Roberta Flack, Love Songs (Rhino (U.K.), 2011)

  1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  2. You’ve Got a Friend – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  3. Killing Me Softly with His Song
  4. Where is the Love – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  5. Feel Like Makin’ Love
  6. After You
  7. The Closer I Get to You – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  8. Back Together Again – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
  9. More Than Everything (Live) – Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson
  10. Just When I Needed You
  11. Maybe – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
  12. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
  13. And So It Goes
  14. When Someone Tears Your Heart in Two
  15. Only Heaven Can Wait (for Love)/You Are My Heaven (Live) – Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson
  16. Can We Find Love Again – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
  17. All Caught Up in Love
  18. Let’s Stay Together

Track 1 from First Take (Atlantic, 1969)
Tracks 2 and 4 from Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (Atlantic, 1971)
Track 3 from Killing Me Softly (Atlantic, 1973)
Track 5 from Feel Like Makin’ Love (Atlantic, 1975)
Tracks 6-7 from Blue Lights in the Basement (Atlantic, 1977)
Track 8 from Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway (Atlantic, 1980)
Tracks 9 and 15 from Live & More (Atlantic, 1980)
Track 10 from Bustin’ Loose (MCA, 1981)
Tracks 11-12 and 16 from Born to Love (Capitol, 1983)
Tracks 13 and 17 from Oasis (Atlantic, 1988)
Track 14 from Set the Night to Music (Atlantic, 1991)
Track 18 from Roberta (Atlantic, 1994)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 27, 2011 at 14:13

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  1. It probably doesn’t qualify as a “love song” but I wish this album had Jesse on it. Beautiful song.

    Roger/VVN

    January 27, 2011 at 17:42


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