Blue Lights in the Basement

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Blue Lights In The Basement
Blue lights in the basement (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Roberta Flack
Released December 13, 1977
Recorded 1976–1977
Genre R&B, soul, folk, disco, quiet storm
Label Atlantic
Producer Ahmet Ertegün
Roberta Flack chronology
Feel Like Makin' Love
Blue Lights in the Basement
Roberta Flack
Singles from Blue Lights in the Basement
  1. "25th of Last December / Why Don't You Move In With Me"
    Released: December 12, 1977
  2. "The Closer I Get to You / Love is the Healing"
    Released: February 4, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

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. On February 27, 1978, the album received a Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments over 500,000 copies.[2] 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.

Track listing[edit]

Track No Song title Songwriter
1 "Why Don't You Move in with Me" Gene McDaniels
2 "The Closer I Get to You"
Duet with Donny Hathaway
Reggie Lucas, Mtume
3 "Fine, Fine Day" Rachel Perry
4 "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" Pat Grant, Gwen Guthrie
5 "25th of Last December" Gene McDaniels
6 "After You" Michael Masser, Ron Miller
7 "I'd Like to Be Baby to You" Morgan Ames
8 "Soul Deep" Wayne Carson
9 "Love Is the Healing" Gene McDaniels
10 "Where I'll Find You" David McHugh


  • Roberta Flack - keyboards, lead vocals, background vocals, musical arrangements
  • Gwen Guthrie - background vocals
  • James Mtume - percussion, background vocals
  • Ronnie Foster - keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Grolnick - keyboards
  • Michael Kamen - oboe solo (track 10), musical arrangements (All tracks)
  • Rob Mounsey - keyboards
  • Jimmy Maelen - percussion
  • Gene McDaniels - background vocals
  • David Carey - percussion
  • Reggie Lucas - guitar
  • Errol "Crusher" Bennett - percussion
  • Basil Fearrington - bass
  • Steve Gadd - drums
  • Jim Gilstrap - background vocals
  • Paul Griffin - keyboards
  • Lani Groves - background vocals
  • Idris Muhammad - drums
  • Anthony Jackson - bass
  • Brenda White-King - background vocals
  • Gary King - percussion, musical arrangements
  • Howard King - drums
  • Will Lee - bass
  • Yvonne Lewis - background vocals
  • Hugh McCracken - guitar, musical arrangements
  • Jeff Mironov - guitar
  • Leon Pendarvis - keyboards, background vocals, musical arrangements
  • Zachary Sanders - background vocals
  • Allan Schwartzberg - drums
  • David Spinozza - guitar
  • Harry Whitaker - keyboards, musical arrangements
  • Brenda White - background vocals
  • Jimmy Wong - drums
  • Deniece Williams - background vocals
  • John Tropea - guitar

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200[3] Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums[3]
1978 Blue Lights in the Basement 8 5


Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States Gold (RIAA)[2]


  1. ^ Elias, Jason. Blue Lights in the Basement at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ a b [2]

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