Blue Light In The Basement Roberta Flack

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Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Why Don't You Move In With Me04:54
  • 2The Closer I Get To You04:41
  • 3Fine, Fine Day04:51
  • 4This Time I'll Be Sweeter04:27
  • 525th Of Last December04:33
  • 6After You03:54
  • 7I'd Like To Be Baby To You04:40
  • 8Soul Deep02:24
  • 9Love Is The Healing03:45
  • 10Where I'll Find You03:11
  • Total Runtime41:20

Info for Blue Light In The Basement

„Released in 1977, Blue Lights in the Basement is Roberta Flack's follow-up to 1975's Feel Like Makin' Love. Of course during the space between the two efforts, R&B and pop had certainly changed immensely. This album finds Flack responding to the changing times with a batch of smooth tracks and a polished and accomplished production. Of course by this time, she seemed to be divorced from the intelligent and recondite work that typified the early part of her career. Some of the tracks here do come close to that style; '25th of Last December' and 'Love Is the Healing' throw in some nice changes to complement Flack's sweet and patient vocals. What caused this album to be such a big seller was the Flack and Donny Hathaway duet, 'The Closer I Get to You.' The track easily attains the grace and gorgeous sound that a lot of the like-minded songs here just miss. The dramatic 'Where I'll Find You' appropriately closes the album and has a great echo effect on her voice during the chorus. Flack is indeed in great voice here, but Blue Lights in the Basement is most notable for its hit single rather than the tracks that surround it.“ (Jason Elias, AMG)

Roberta Flack, piano, vocals
John Tropea, guitar
Reggie Lucas, guitar
Hugh McCracken, guitar
Jeff Mironov, guitar
David Spinozza, guitar
Don Grolnick, keyboards
Leon Pendarvis, keyboards, background vocals
Rob Mounsey, keyboards
Harry Whitaker, keyboards
Paul Griffin, keyboards
Michael Kamen, oboe
Anthony Jackson, bass
Will Lee, bass
Basil Fearrington, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Howard King, drums
Idris Muhammad, drums
Allan Schwartzberg, drums
Jimmy Wong, drums
Errol 'Crusher' Bennett, percussion
Gary King, percussion
Jimmy Maelen, percussion
David Carey, percussion
Gene McDaniels, background vocals
Jim Gilstrap, background vocals
Lani Groves, background vocals
Brenda White-King, background vocals
Yvonne Lewis, background vocals
Zachary Sanders, background vocals
Brenda White, background vocals
Deniece Williams, background vocals
Gwen Guthrie, background vocals
James Mtume, percussion, background vocals
Ronnie Foster, keyboards, background vocals

Produced by Ahmet Ertegün

Digitally remastered

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. Her songs bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while effortlessly traversing a broad musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.

Classically trained on the piano from an early age, Ms. Flack received a music scholarship at age 15 to attend Howard University. Discovered while singing at the Washington, DC nightclub Mr. Henry's by jazz musician Les McCann, she was promptly signed to Atlantic With a string of hits, including, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Where Is the Love (a duet with former Howard University classmate Donny Hathaway), Killing Me Softly With His Song, Feel Like Makin' Love, The Closer I Get to You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, and Set the Night to Music, Ms. Flack has built a musical legacy. In 1999, she aptly received a Star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame.

Roberta is currently involved with a very exciting studio venture — an interpretive album of Beatles' classics.

She regularly plays to appreciative audiences around the world, and had the pleasure of appearing recently with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. In February 2009, Ms. Flack performed with critically acclaimed orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, West Australian and Sydney Symphonies.

Very active as a humanitarian and mentor, Ms. Flack founded the Roberta Flack School of Music at the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, providing an innovative and inspiring music education program to underprivileged students free of charge.

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