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An elegant and legendary vocal superstar, four-time Grammy honoree Roberta Flack's unmistakable delivery wraps a timeless R&B sound with beautiful flourishes of jazz, pop and soul. She first climbed to the top of the charts with her definitive version of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." The very next year, "Killing Me Softly," her first duet with the late, great Donnie Hathaway took the same prize, and also hit #1. Also featuring her hit-making collaborations with Peabo Bryson and Maxi Priest, as well as many selections on which she shines solo, this must-have collection spotlights Flack's masterful song interpretation and rich emotional resonance.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Killing Me Softly With His Song (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack 4:47$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Where Is The Love (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Feel Like Makin' Love (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack 5:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. And So It GoesRoberta Flack 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack with Peabo Bryson 3:29Album Only
listen  7. The Closer I Get To You (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 'Till The Morning ComesRoberta Flack 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Back Together Again (feat. Donny Hathaway) [Remastered Edit Version]Roberta Flack 6:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Making Love (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love) [feat. Donny Hathaway] [Remastered Version]Roberta Flack 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Set The Night To Music (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Are My Heaven (feat. Donny Hathaway) [Remastered Version]Roberta Flack 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Oasis (Remastered Version)Roberta Flack 6:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long(feat. Donny Hathaway) [Remastered Version]Roberta Flack 7:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. And So It Goes (Reprise)Roberta Flack0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Trade Winds (Tom Mouton Mix)Roberta Flack 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000CPH9IY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on February 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Roberta Flack emerged on the music scene in the early `70s with a cool, soothing, precise delivery that contrasted greatly with the fiery vocals of established Atlantic labelmate Aretha Franklin. Her more refined style helped her establish a successful niche as a soulful singer-songwriter, ultimately recording 15 albums over 25 years (1970-1995).

Flack was most successful - and prolific - in the early part of her recording career, with the intimate, folk-oriented recordings "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1972) and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (1973) both garnering Record Of The Year Grammies, while the sumptuous "Feel Like Makin' Love" (1974) earned a nomination in that same category. A series of duets with college chum Donny Hathaway were also well-received at this time, including the chart-toppers "Where Is The Love" (1972) and "The Closer I Get To You" (1978).

Outside projects and Hathaway's suicide in 1979 slowed down Flack's output thereafter, but she continued to make some great music. This included the gentle theme for the film Making Love (1982), the breezy chart-topper "Oasis" (1988) and top ten collaborations with Peabo Bryson ("Tonight I Celebrate My Love" - 1983) and Maxi Priest ("Set The Night To Music" - 1991). These latter pairings, by the way, are nice, but don't begin to approach the intensity that Flack shared on record with the mighty Hathaway.

This 17-track Very Best Of contains 12 overlaps from Flack's 1993 retrospective Softly With These Songs (which also had 17 tracks), including all of the aforementioned hits.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. Unger on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I read Rhino was coming out with a Roberta Hits CD, I was really excited. At last, a complete Roberta Flack compilation - or so I thought. But this is so similar to Atlantic's 1993 "Softly With These Songs" hits package, it has to be deemed a major disappointment. The only plus is it does contain "Trade Winds", the much sought-after b-side previously unreleased on CD before. But where is "Jesse", "If Ever I See You Again", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "I'm The One", "Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out", not to mention the 1996 club remix of "Killing Me Softly With His Song"?!!! That remix went straight to #1 on Billboard's dance chart yet has NEVER been available on CD and a MUST for all Roberta fans. What a LETDOWN! Even the casual Flack fan is forced to buy two CDs to get a decent collection. Sorry, Rhino! This time you really missed the mark. The songs deserve 5 Stars but Rhino's efforts for putting together what should have been the ultimate Flack greatest hits package is deserving of nothing more than a big fat zero! Without a doubt, this should have been a double CD. So I am still waiting for a comprehensive collection of her work! Maybe someday someone will get it RIGHT!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Vendetta on March 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Since 1971 I have hoped and wished Trade Winds would be included on a long-playing album,then later on a CD.I couldn't believe my years of waiting are finally over. This has always been one of my Top 5 Roberta Flack songs of all time.

What made it even better was that an almost 7 minute complete version is the one on this CD! This song too should have been nominated and won a grammy in my opinion. The sound on this disc is wonderfully improved over all others of these wonderful, glorious songs and performances by one of my Top 5 female vocalists of all time (and that's 6 decades worth!)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Fonseca on February 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Everyone who purchase's this album the track listings are mis-written by Amazon.com these are the official track listings :

1. Killing Me Softly With His Song

2.Where is The Love (Feat.Donnie Hathaway)

3.Feels Like Making Love

4.The First Time Ever I saw Your Face

5.And So It Goes

6.Tonight, I celebrate My Love-Peabo Bryson

7.The Closer I get to you-Donnie Hathaway

8.'Til The Morning Comes

9.Back Together Again- with Donnie Hathaway

10.Making Love

11.Only Heaven Can Wait(For Love)

12.Set The Night To Music ( With Maxi Priest)

13.You Are My Heaven- with Donnie Hathaway

14.Oasis

15.Don't Make Me Wait Too Long

16.And So It Goes

17.Trade Winds

These are the correct songs on the album I have it and it's beautifully remastered the guy on the first review made sense BUT every artist usually does the same with Greatest Hits Such as Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight and others. So you can purchase this album for your musical enjoyment!

It's Great.

Brandon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jaime X. Ramos on October 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm actually listening to this right now, and it's a CD that's been on my mind lately as I recently rediscovered her song "'Till the Morning Comes", which I played for my girlfriend the other night because I anticipated it would so greatly resonate with her. I bought this CD really only being aware of Roberta's hits "Killing Me Softly", "Where is the Love", "Feel Like Making Love", and after purchasing realized I was familiar with great tunes like "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love", and "The Closer I Get To You". If someone told me that this was part of her 20 best songs (17/20) then I'd certainly believe it. I've come to enjoy the rest of the songs on the CD, and there's great variety in tone, mood, and actual lyrical content--majorly revolving around love and passion themes that you'd expect from this talented soulful woman, but also contains in part commentary on life like in "Trade Winds", which I'd call Flack's participation in the genre of music like Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Me", and "What's Going On". Of the romantic love songs she touches upon many facets to that dynamic tangle that is love. Consider "Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)", where she shares the confusing and conflicted yearnings that result from a love that's become overripe. This album crosses many other things but I'll try not to flood a mass of information. I highly enjoy this CD, it's one of the one's I'll return to from time to time again and again. Oh one last thing, it's a fantastic mood setter ;)
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