專輯英文名: Blue Lights In The Basement
歌手: Roberta Flack
版本: [1995, Remastered]
經典, 文雅 , 溫柔、老練這些詞都不足以形容RobertaFlack這位20世紀美國傳奇性黑人女歌手的特殊嗓音。RobertaFlack1939年出生於美國一個教會風琴師家庭（想當星爸星媽嗎？那就找份和教會有關的工作吧！）。從小學習鋼琴，并且獲得了霍華德大學的獎學金。從學校畢業之後，RobertaFlack被著名爵士音樂家Les McCann發掘并推薦給了Atlantic唱片公司。在Atlantic發行的第一、二張專輯雖然獲得評論界的一緻好評，但是在商業成績上并無過人之出，也沒有創造暢銷單曲。但随著被譽爲英國民歌之父的EwanMacColl 在戲劇[Misty for Me]中翻唱RobertaFlack第一張專輯中的歌曲[The First Time Ever I Saw YourFace]，這首歌曲與Roberta迅速竄紅，單曲也在美國排行榜上佔據了六周的冠軍，成爲當年最熱門的歌曲。更在次年的Grammy中獲得年度單曲獎和年度最佳歌曲兩項大獎。
緊接著，Roberta發行了這張名爲[Killing MeSoftly]的專輯，專輯中的同名單曲[Killing me softly with thissong]在排行榜榜首的位置停留了5周。一時間RobertaFlack人氣無雙，成爲美國家喻戶曉的超級巨星。這首歌曲也被我們傳唱至今，成爲不朽名曲之一。并且使Roberta再次獲得了Grammy年度最佳單曲和最佳流行女歌手兩項大獎。
不光如此，RobertaFlack繼續著她傳奇般的演唱生涯。她與她在霍華德大學的同學DonnyHathaway組成的二重唱組合也創在了[Where Is theLove]這樣的暢銷金曲。1974年，她的作品[Feel Like Makin'Love]又登上了排行榜的首位。
1979年，老搭檔Donny Hathaway自殺，但是這一打擊并沒有擊垮RobertaFlack，她又與Peabo Bryson合作，創造了又一首傳唱至今的名曲[Tonight,I Celebrate My Love]
Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1939) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is notable for jazz, soul, R&B, and folk music. Roberta Flack is best known for her Hot 100 #1 singles “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, as well as “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get to You”, two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won the 1973 Grammy Record of the Year and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” won the same award at the Grammy Awards of 1974. She and U2 are the only artists to win the award in consecutive years.
Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Original recording remastered
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Release Date December, 1977
Genre R&B Pop/Rock
Styles Soft Rock Soul Urban Smooth Soul
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous voice, pop light on the horizon, though December 29, 2003
By souldrummer VINE VOICE
Roberta Flack's voice is one of the treasures of black music. She blends folk, jazz, and R&B into a lovely sound that melds sophistication and soul. In many ways, Roberta Flack has had the same predicament that Nina Simone and other R&B artists have had. She can sing jazz and has some piano ability [not as much as Simone] and crafts songs. Yet Simone and Flack went down the opposite paths. Modest chart success empowered Simone to be an utterly uncompromising artist. Major chart success leads Flack to increasingly court the adult contemporary market. Not a problem for me as it gives more people the chance to hear her voice, but I prefer earlier Flack to late Flack. I enjoy this album for the Hathaway collaboration and "Move in With Me". But you also can smell the disco in "Move in With Me" and the adult pop contemporary production that slides into even these treasures.
Roberta Flack's voice always shines and I can't give even her worst work less than 3 stars. This is above average Flack. Those seeking Roberta the artist would be wiser to start with "Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway" and then pick up her earlier albums where her voice was more present and the tunes highlighted what makes her such a unique treasure.
Review by Jason Elias
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 2013 Limited edition SHM-CD Japanese paper sleeve pressing. Atlantic All tracks have been digitally remastered.