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Roberta FlackFirst Take

Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Soul
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Tracklist

Compared To What5:15
Angelitos Negros6:55
Our Ages Or Our Hearts6:09
I Told Jesus6:08
Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye4:07
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face5:21
Tryin' Times5:07
Ballad Of The Sad Young Men7:03

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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
LP, Album, Stereo
PR - Presswell Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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MO - Monarch Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Brown Cover, MO - Monarch Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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PR - Presswell Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Record Club Of America
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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CTH - Terre Haute Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230Philippines1969Philippines1969
New Submission
First Take
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Taedo – EU 333South Korea1969South Korea1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Plum Label
Atlantic – 588204UK1969UK1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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CRC
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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1841 Broadway - CTH - Terre Haute Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230Israel1969Israel1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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SO - Southern Plastics Press
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Atlantic – SD 8230India1969India1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, CassetteFirst Take
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Atlantic – M58230, Atlantic – CS 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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PR - Presswell Pressing, ZIP Code
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – 8230, Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Atlantic – CS-8230, Atlantic – M 58230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230Canada1969Canada1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, CassetteFirst Take
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Atlantic – K440040UK1969UK1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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MO - Monarch Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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1841 Broadway / PR - Presswell Pressing
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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RCA Music Service
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, Reel-To-ReelFirst Take
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Atlantic – ATL M 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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MO - Monarch Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1969, VinylFirst Take
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PR - Presswell Pressing
Atlantic – SD 8230US1969US1969
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Cover of First Take, 1970, VinylFirst Take
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1841 Broadway / RI - Philips Pressing
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Cover of First Take, 1970, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – ATC 9255South Africa1970South Africa1970
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Cover of First Take, 1971, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230Canada1971Canada1971
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Atlantic – SD-8230Australia1971Australia1971
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Cover of First Take, 1971, CassetteFirst Take
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Atlantic – AC-8230Canada1971Canada1971
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Cover of First Take, 1971, CassetteFirst Take
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Atlantic – M5 8230Australia1971Australia1971
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Cover of First Take, 1971, VinylFirst Take
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Atlantic – SD 8230Canada1971Canada1971
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Atlantic – ATL 40 040, Atlantic – SD 8230Germany1972Germany1972
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dint10's avatar
dint10
My copy appears identical to this - but does not have the small letter V on Side B label - under cat no. K40040 B
Southpolepenguin's avatar
This version is in my collection, having been originally purchased new by my dad. All media details (including deadwax/runout numbers) are identical. Sounds great for a near 50 year old record - I have the CD but prefer to play the vinyl. However the sleeve does not match. My sleeve is almost identical in all respects to this one, except printing is credited not to E J Day Group, but to Gothic Print Finishers Ltd, London. In short the media matches this version but the sleeve matches the other UK 1970s version, Roberta Flack - First Take. Either it was switched at the plant (my dad couldn't have switched it, he did not have a second copy) or there is a third hybrid version, not yet recorded.
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OldRusty
Incredible sounding LP, with an astoundingly wide & 3-D stereo soundstage. Must be the US stamper from CTH transmitting the inherit beauty of the recording itself. Amazing...
mikeSF_'s avatar
mikeSF_
Edited 10 months ago
This is a wonderful release by Roberta Flack. A nice array of songs showing off her strong voice and touching interpretations.

The recording is great, well balanced and vocal-forward. Ron Carter and Bucky Pizzarelli on bass and guitar duties, respectively. You can't argue with that. I'm gathering from some of the reviews, that the reissues are suffering from poor source tapes. Just grab one of these early pressings and be done with it.

Pressing is excellent. Recommended.
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dwilpower
The performance and music are superb, the sound quality is awful.
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dwilpower
The best version of this album although that doesn't mean much as the original master tapes are lo-fi. This is one of the worst sounding albums I own. There is no doubting the awesome talents of Roberta Flack but the sound quality is truly awful- as if it was recorded on an old cassette tape.
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WesHeadley
Overall this is a nice book-style release of a classic soul album. The remastered recording sounds good. There is a feeling of a bit much compression on some of the tracks. Note to producers: BACK OFF ON THE GODDAMN COMPRESSION when mastering to vinyl. The loss of dynamic range sucks the soul out of a recording like this. This was not a big budget recording as it was Ms. Flack's first record. It is however, an essential record. There is nothing else quite like it. A blend of soul, jazz, gospel, and other elements-- again, like no other.
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brandosoul
In 1969, Roberta Flack arrived in an ever-evolving music climate with her arresting blend of soul, gospel, folk, and jazz. Flack's sophisticated voice and an unparalleled gift for interpreting songs positioned her as one of popular music's distinctive talents. However, beyond her underground audience that clamored over her sound, she hadn't gained mainstream success yet. Her 1969 debut album, First Take is not only one of the finest works of her discography, but one of the most impassionated debut albums ever made, in any genre. While it's beyond criminal that she's merely recognized today for her enduring, Grammy-smash 1973 cover of "Killing Me Softy With His Song" and her popular duet work with soul legend Donny Hathaway, First Take more than illustrated why Flack was such a rare, uncompromising talent among others, whose work deserves proper context and greater recognition.

This 1972 UK pressing is superior to the George Piros-cut USA Atlantic pressing. Much quieter playing surface and full of dynamics. Suits the subtleties of this timeless classic well. In fact, it bests every other version I've heard of this album. The 1995 Atlantic CD reissue is nice, but nothing comes close to this.
chazfromtoronto's avatar
This is one record you cannot listen to even if has the slightest bit of crackle or pops.