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Thread: Roberta Flack etc. - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

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    by » Sun November 7th, 2010, 20:11

    UK Top 100: 96

    Set to be much higher next Sunday after Matt Cardle's popular version on The X Factor.

    Numerous versions in iTunes Top 1000.

    I love this - not too dissimilar to Falling by Julee Cruise which you can find in this forum! I think this song influenced that one.

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    by » Sun November 7th, 2010, 23:21

    I think that the Roberta Flack version is beautiful.

    An interesting fact about the Song, is that it was
    written by Kirsy MacColl's Father - Ewan MacColl.

    He wrote it in 1957. Roberta Flack recorded it in
    1969, & had a Global Hit with it in 1972.

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    by » Sun November 7th, 2010, 23:36

    A great song, and Matt's version was stunning!

    Have to admit I've not heard the Roberta Flack version, but will definately check it out.

    The first time I heard this song was Easther Bennett's version - if you haven't heard it you should check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjIwdQNlV4
    Without Any Meaning / We're Just Skin & Bone / Like Beautiful Robots Dancing Alone.

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    by » Sun November 7th, 2010, 23:52

    Quote Originally Posted by RockTheBoat
    A great song, and Matt's version was stunning!

    Have to admit I've not heard the Roberta Flack version, but will definately check it out.

    The first time I heard this song was Easther Bennett's version - if you haven't heard it you should check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjIwdQNlV4
    Which has made a surprise appearance in the iTunes top 1000!

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    by » Sun November 7th, 2010, 23:58

    Sorry, this is one of the dullest songs recorded ever.
    Let's have a second referendum

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    by » Mon November 8th, 2010, 01:20

    Quote Originally Posted by potojr
    Sorry, this is one of the dullest songs recorded ever.
    Agreed, and not only the original - I have yet to hear ANY version I've liked.

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    by » Mon November 8th, 2010, 12:30

    I love the Song. It would sound 'dull' to some
    people, as it is so slow. But, it is actually
    very beautiful. The lyrics are terrific.

    Basically - it is saying that someone loves another
    person so much, that they felt the Sun rose in
    their eyes, & so on. Some people would find
    such sentiments too 'twee', but to romantic
    people they are enchanting. I guess that not
    everyone can 'feel' the emotion, & passion in
    a slow song.

    The Roberta Flack version is the best, in my
    view.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JWAmF-Z4r4

    However - I've just watched Matt Cardle's version
    on YouTube, & he was terrific.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5M93to ... re=related


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    by » Mon November 8th, 2010, 15:52

    I have to admit, I find this song somewhat over-rated too. He wrote better songs (in my opinion) - Dirty Old Town, for instance.

    As for "The First Time...", I quite like Way Out West's treatment of Joanna Law's cover - which they incorporated into their own hit "The Gift", which peaked only one place below Roberta Flack's UK peak.

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    by » Mon November 8th, 2010, 16:10

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini
    UK Top 100: 96
    It was as high as #58 as recently as 5 charts ago - having vaulted a full 132 positions up the published portion of the official chart.

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    by » Tue November 9th, 2010, 14:51

    In the Top 30 in the mids, but I think it will probably only be Top 40 by the end of the chart week.

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    by » Sun November 14th, 2010, 20:02

    UK Top 200 Singles

    47.
    (96) The First Time... - Roberta Flack
    97. (--) The First Time... - Leona Lewis

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    by » Mon January 29th, 2018, 22:47

    Beautiful song, my parents’ wedding song.

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    by » Mon January 29th, 2018, 22:48

    Quote Originally Posted by FreakyFlyBry
    Quote Originally Posted by potojr
    Sorry, this is one of the dullest songs recorded ever.
    Agreed, and not only the original - I have yet to hear ANY version I've liked.
    Same here

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