Roberta Flack releases her debut album : ‘First Take’ featuring ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ (1969)

Roberta Flack’s ‘First Take’ feat. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ is her debut album produced By Joel Dorn and released on June 20, 1969 by Atlantic.

Track Listing : 1.Compared To What (Gene Mcdaniels) – 05:16 . 2.Angelitos Negros (Andrés Eloy Blanco, Manuel Alvarez Maciste) – 06:56 . 3.Our Ages Or Our Hearts (Robert Ayers, Donny Hathaway) – 06:09 . 4.I Told Jesus (Traditional) – 06:09 . 5.Hey, That’S No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen) – 04:08 . 6.The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan Maccoll) – 05:22 . 7.Tryin’ Times (Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson) – 05:08 . 8.Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) – 07:00

Musicians : Roberta Flack – Piano, Vocals . Bucky Pizzarelli – Guitars . Ron Carter – Bass . Ray Lucas – Drums, Percussion . Seldon Powell – Saxophone . Frank Wess – Saxophone . Charles Mccracken – Cello . George Ricci – Cello . Benny Powell – Trombone . Jimmy Nottingham – Trumpet . Joe Newman – Trumpet . Emanuel Green – Violin . Gene Orloff – Violin . Alfred Brown – Viola . Selwart Clarke – Viola . Theodore Israel – Viola . William Fischer – Horn & String Arrangements, String Conducting

Production : Produced By Joel Dorn . William Arit – Engineer . Robert Honablue – Assistant Engineer . Bob Liftin – Mixing

Package : Stanislaw Zagorski – design . Ken Heinen – photography

Recorded February 24-26, 1969.

Released On June 20, 1969 By Atlantic.


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 bassand Ray Lucas on drums, as fine a lineup as any pop singer could hope to recruit. […]

At most points, though, the sound is incredibly spare – with vocals that are much more soulful than any of Roberta’s other recordsand a sound that hints at Nina Simone, but which has it’s own jazzy groove and deep sense of feeling. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
A shock if you’re expecting one of Flack’s immaculate 70s productions – this was recorded with a small jazz combo…, though some strings and horns are overdubbed. The material ranges from traditional gospel to a bouncy Leonard Cohen cover and everything is related discursively. […]


Roberta Flack’s ‘First Take’ feat. ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’


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