(1975) Quiet Fire

Roberta Flack

... read moreQuiet Fire proves to be an apt title, as Flack's MOR-informed jazz and gospel vocals simmer just below the surface on the eight sides here. Forgoing the full-throttled delivery of, say, Aretha Franklin, Flack translates the pathos of gospel expression into measured intensity and sighing, elongated...

41′:45″ 8 Songs

1
Go Up Moses
Roberta Flack
5:20
2
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Roberta Flack
7:13
3
Sunday And Sister Jones
Roberta Flack
4:48
4
See You Then
Roberta Flack
3:40
5
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Roberta Flack
4:07
6
To Love Somebody
Roberta Flack
6:41
7
Let Them Talk
Roberta Flack
3:50
8
Sweet Bitter Love
Roberta Flack
6:06
Released 30 June 1975, 1971 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Review

Quiet Fire proves to be an apt title, as Flack's MOR-informed jazz and gospel vocals simmer just below the surface on the eight sides here. Forgoing the full-throttled delivery of, say, Aretha Franklin, Flack translates the pathos of gospel expression into measured intensity and sighing, elongated phrases. There's even a bit of Carole King's ashen tone in Flack's voice, as manifested on songs like "Let Them Talk," Van McCoy's "Sweet Bitter Love," and a meditative reworking of King's "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." The album's other high-profile cover, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," features the ideal setting for Flack's airy pipes with a tasteful backdrop of strings and a chorus featuring soul songstress Cissy Houston (Whitney's mom). Switching from this hushed sanctity, Flack digs into some groove-heavy southern soul on "Go Up Moses," "Sunday and Sister Jones," and an amazing version of the Bee Gees hit "To Love Somebody" (this perennial number has been done by everyone from Rita Marley to Hank Williams, Jr.). Flack finally completes the modern triumvirate of southern music, adding the country tones of Jimmy Webb's "See You Then" to the Quiet Fire's stock of gospel and soul. And thanks to top players like guitarist Hugh McCracken, organist Richard Tee, bassist Chuck Rainey, and drummer Bernard Purdie, the varied mix all comes off sounding seamless. One of Flack's best. ~ Stephen Cook