First Take (album)

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First Take
Studio album by Roberta Flack
Released June 20, 1969 (1969-06-20)
Recorded February 24–26, 1969
Studio Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Vocal jazz, soul, R&B
Length 46:08
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Roberta Flack chronology
First Take
Chapter Two
(1970)Chapter Two1970
Singles from First Take
  1. "Compared to What / Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye"
    Released: August 14, 1969
  2. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / Trade Winds"
    Released: January 24, 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

First Take is the debut album by the jazz/soul/R&B singer Roberta Flack. It was released in 1969 on Atlantic Records. After a track from this album, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was included by Clint Eastwood in his 1971 film Play Misty for Me with the song becoming a #1 hit in the United States, this album became #1 on the U.S. album chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Compared to What" (Gene McDaniels) - 5:16
  2. "Angelitos Negros" (Andrés Eloy Blanco, Manuel Álvarez Maciste) - 6:56
  3. "Our Ages or Our Hearts" (Robert Ayers, Donny Hathaway) - 6:09
  4. "I Told Jesus" (Traditional; arranged by Roberta Flack) - 6:09
  5. "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" (Leonard Cohen) - 4:08
  6. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Ewan MacColl) - 5:22
  7. "Tryin' Times" (Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson) - 5:08
  8. "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) - 7:00


  • William Arlt - recording engineer
  • Bob Liftin - remixing engineer
  • Robert Honablue - additional engineering
  • Stanislaw Zagorski - design
  • Ken Heinen - photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
Billboard Top LPs 1
Billboard Top Soul Albums 1
Billboard Jazz Albums 3


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Billboard Pop Singles 1
1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Billboard Soul Singles 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bush, John. First Take at AllMusic
  2. ^ Lester, Julius. "Roberta Flack: First Take : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2008-04-02. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

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