Roberta Flack – Blue Lights In The Basement (1977/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Roberta Flack – Blue Lights In The Basement (1977/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 41:20 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

Blue Lights in the Basement is the sixth studio album by American singer Roberta Flack released by Atlantic on December 13, 1977. The album was a commercial success, peaking at number eight on the US Billboard 200, becoming her third consecutive top-ten album on the chart and reaching number five on the R&B albums chart. The album features the single “The Closer I Get to You”, a duet with best friend and fellow soul musician Donny Hathaway, which became the biggest hit from the album, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. The collaboration with Hathaway would be one of his final singles released in his lifetime before his death in 1979.

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.

01 – Why Don’t You Move In With Me
02 – The Closer I Get To You (Single/LP Version) [with Donny Hathaway]03 – Fine Fine Day
04 – This Time I’ll Be Sweeter
05 – 25th Of Last December
06 – After You
07 – I’d Like To Be Baby To You
08 – Soul Deep
09 – Love Is The Healing
10 – Where I’ll Find You

Produced by Ahmet Ertegün. Recorded in 1976-1977.