Quiet Fire is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, released in November 1971 by Atlantic Records. It was recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, Regent Studios, and The Hit Factory in New York City. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape, and its single "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" charted at number 76 on the Hot 100.
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C" grade, indicating "a record of clear professionalism or barely discernible inspiration, but not both." He commented that Flack occasionally "sounds kind, intelligent, and very likable, but she often exhibits the gratuitous gentility you'd expect of anyone who said 'between you and I.'"
In a retrospective review, The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992) gave Quiet Fire two out of five stars and criticized that it "barely sparks at all". By contrast, Allmusic's Stephen Cook gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars and cited it as "one of Flack's best". He felt that its "varied mix all comes off sounding seamless" and stated, "Forgoing the full-throttled delivery of, say, Aretha Franklin, Flack translates the pathos of gospel expression into measured intensity and sighing, elongated phrases."
"Go up Moses"
Flack, Jesse Jackson, Joel Dorn
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
"Sunday and Sister Jones"
"See You Then"
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"
Carole King, Gerry Goffin
"To Love Somebody"
Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
"Let Them Talk"
"Sweet Bitter Love"
Joshie Armstead - background vocals,
Jim Bailey - background vocals,
Seymour Barab - cello,
David Carey - vibraphone,
Ron Carter - bass,
The Newark Boys Chorus - background vocals,
Joel Dorn - background vocals,
Joe Farrell - flute, alto sax, tenor sax,
Roberta Flack - piano, vocals,
Corky Hale - harp,
Hilda Harris - background vocals,
Cissy Houston - background vocals,
Ted Hoyle - cello,
Wally Kane - bassoon,
Hubert Laws - flute,
Buddy Lucas - harmonica,
Ralph MacDonald - percussion, conga,
Arif Mardin - background vocals, string arrangements, flute arrangement,
Les McCann - background vocals,
Hugh McCracken - guitar,
Gene McDaniels - background vocals,
Kermit Moore - cello,
Romeo Penque - flute, soprano sax,
Terry Plumeri - double bass,
Seldon Powell - tenor sax,
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - drums,
Chuck Rainey - bass, electric bass,
George Ricci - cello,
Billy Slapin - flute,
Grady Tate - percussion, drums,
Richard Tee - organ,
Tasha Thomas - background vocals,
Sammy Turner - background vocals,
Rod Bristow - photography,
Deodato - horn arrangements, string arrangements,
Joel Dorn - producer,
Bill Eaton - horn Arrangements, string Arrangements,
Ira Friedlander - cover design,
Lewis Hahn - engineer,
Bruce Tergesen - engineer,
U.S. Billboard Jazz LPs
U.S. Billboard Soul LPs
U.S. Billboard Top LPs & Tape
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