Bobby Womack C/D

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The "Oooooooooooooooooooooo" at the beginning of "Across 110th Street" is the best ever.

― Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:38 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark

69, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes. The Saturday afternoon show on WKCR of the same name is pretty good too.

Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The London Sunday Times last weekend reported that Womack is working with Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn on an album of new material. Albarn will produce Womack.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 16:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

The London Sunday Times

LOL Americans. Yes, BW was part of the legendary Gorillaz line-up at Glastonbury: legendary for going down like a fart in a spacesuit.

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 16:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

I just took that from someone's posting on a Yahoo southern soul e-mail group. Womack was also on the most recent Gorillaz album (and maybe the one before that).

But this pairing stay true to the tradition that older black musicians are only relevant and can only get attention when younger rock artists produce them.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 17:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

He played a tiny fragment of If You Don't Want My Love (Give it back) on Jools Holland's show a few months back, just him and an acoustic. Sadly, he had no band and just did the Gorillaz number with them.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 17:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i like this

catbus otm (gbx), Tuesday, 13 March 2012 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

new solo album called The Bravest Man In The Universe, his first studio effort since a 2000 Christmas joint. Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn and XL Records boss Richard Russell are both serving as producers,

I like the single too.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Need to get and listen to more of his studio efforts

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Shame on me for not remedying this yet, 5 years later. It's been 7 years since I saw Womack live. Wow.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

o god so timely, i was walking to work this morning and some boys were BLASTIN if u think ur lonely now on they car radio, i was liiike damn this coffee tastes good

surm, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

some boys were BLASTIN if u think ur lonely now

Cool. Bet they were just reading this thread on their phones. Or maybe not.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:26 (six years ago) Permalink


surm, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The songs kicking around already sound pretty good. Plus, yay for beating cancer.

Simon H., Friday, 25 May 2012 13:42 (five years ago) Permalink

"Please Forgive My Heart" is pretty average. His voice is blown.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 May 2012 13:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Bad as I been, I can sing my ass off, better than I could before. Maybe it's been preserved or something. If I can take control of my life from drugs, divorces, anything, I stand tall." He frowns. "I'm speaking for all those singers who gave up. Marvin, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett: I can keep naming them until you say OK, I got enough. They need more respect than can ever be given to them. And I'm gonna set the record straight." And that Soto guy,man I need to straighten him out too, he added.

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I think NPR is still streaming his new one.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

The album, which sets Womack's careworn voice and acoustic guitar against clattering electronics, and mixes old gospel songs with guest appearances by Lana Del Rey, is a triumph.

wtf with this shit

retro-shittified (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I had a friend tell me she was "our Nico." probably get used to people putting her on where she doesn't belong

decrepit but free (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 20:02 (five years ago) Permalink

this album just sounded a bit awkward to me

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Nabisco asked Damon Albarn about it for New York magazine:

This morning, I was listening to the Bobby Womack record you worked on, and I was curious — for you, was that sort of a standard production job, or something you were pretty invested in?

Not really a “standard production job” — Bobby and I talked about it on tour, and it took about another eight or nine months to come to fruition. But he came over, and [XL label head] Richard Russell, who’s really into working with Bobby as well, so we just sort of got together, and in a two-week session, pretty much got the arch and structure of the record from scratch. There wasn’t really a lot of writing done outside of the studio. We all had a few little ideas we brought into the mix, but it was a very collaborative and quick process.

Lana Del Rey appears on one track — who brought her into the loop?

That would be Richard. My studio’s quite close to the BBC, kinda walking distance, so if anyone comes in from abroad and plays at Jools Holland — which is our one legitimate live music show — we’ve got easy access to them. We kidnap them as they’re on break. Which is what we did with Lana, basically. She was amazing, I have to say, she didn’t know any of us personally, she’d just finished her rehearsal at the BBC, came straight here, and, within half an hour, was singing, dueting with Bobby. Really natural, very gorgeous voice she’s got

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

her part sounds nice for the most part, but i just wish she'd enunciate.

the second half of this album is really great, though i'm not quite sure what to make of "love is gonna to lift you up" ... it sounds like he's singing over a casio keyboard demo, which is somehow both awesome and lame at the same time. i'm not too familiar with a lot of his older stuff, so maybe he was always open to sounding a bit weird, but it strikes me as a stretch.

borntohula, Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:50 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I've been listening to the new one a lot this week. Loved "Please Forgive My Heart" since I first heard it but the whole thing is finally clicking in a big way. I don't even get that annoyed with Lana Del Ray.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Saturday, 1 September 2012 01:52 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Man, this guy's had some bad luck in the last year:

Bravest Man In The Universe has really grown on me, by the way. Questionable production, definitely, but some of the songs he wrote for this are just too good to ignore.

Everything You Like Sucks, Wednesday, 2 January 2013 23:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Alzheimers. Poor guy.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2013 14:38 (five years ago) Permalink

BMITU just missed my Top Ten, but it was a very good year.

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I saw D.C. old-school soul singer Eddie Jones do a great version of "Harry Hippie" the other night. Was listening to Womack this morning--"Across 110th Street" is so passionate.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:18 (four years ago) Permalink

I like his rendition of "California Dreamin'" too

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:43 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I can't believe I've gotten this far in life without reading about the Womack clan...iirc Bobby married Sam Cooke's widow (2 months after Sam was killed) while steppin with her daughter Linda who married Cecil who married Mary Wells who later shacked up w another Womack brother whose name escapes me. If there's a biography there I'm going to read it.

musically, Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:24 (four years ago) Permalink

The Bravest Man in the Universe, indeed.

Inside Lewellyn Sinclair (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Despite current health issues, he's doing some gigs

Sunday May 4, 2014
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans

Thursday June 12, 2014
AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas

Saturday June 14, 2014
Bonarroo Music And Arts Festival, Manchester

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 March 2014 20:34 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Teenie Hodges, Hi Rhythm and Al Green guitarist died the other day and now the great Bobby Womack (teenage gospel singer, guitarist with Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone, pal of the Rolling Stones and successful solo artist). RIP Bobby

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 June 2014 23:41 (three years ago) Permalink

So sad. A life and a legacy both.

Did he make that Bonarroo date, I wonder.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 28 June 2014 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I feel it is worth mentioning that his recent "comeback" album The Bravest Man in the Universe was a) one of the very few of these kinds of things that wasn't just him and a bunch of guest stars rehashing his old hits, but rather an album of new material, and b) was really, really good.

You know something? He *did* say "well, yeah" a lot. (cryptosicko), Saturday, 28 June 2014 01:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Not sure if he really played on "Suspicious Minds" but who cares. RIP.

That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 June 2014 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Major RIP :(

Οὖτις, Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:11 (three years ago) Permalink

This sucks, his music was a big part of my life

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Never knew he was left-handed and played upside down.

That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Extra sad this came in the middle of a career revival. RIP.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 28 June 2014 17:41 (three years ago) Permalink

i saw him a few months ago at jazzfest and he was absolutely incredible, no surprise. rip, blasting the shit out of the poet all day

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 28 June 2014 17:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah RIP. Very significant in my teenage years. I never saw him perform, to me he had everything.

mmmm, Saturday, 28 June 2014 23:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Not sure if he really played on "Suspicious Minds" but who cares. RIP.

― That's How Strong My Dub Is (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:27 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

...especially when he is all the fuck over there's a riot goin' on.

blasting that's the way i feel about cha right now.

RIP bobby.

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 29 June 2014 04:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Hm. Didn't even realize he was on that. credits... in the old days.

Riot In #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 June 2014 04:41 (three years ago) Permalink

i don't think there are actually proper credits on that LP! but it's well-known.

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 29 June 2014 07:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I feel pretty silly for having listened to Riot for 25 years and not knowing Womack was on it until two days ago.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:53 (three years ago) Permalink

NYTimes obit:

Correction: June 28, 2014

An earlier version of this obituary rendered incorrectly one word in the title of Sly Stone’s most ambitious album, which Bobby Womack helped produce and which is now a soul classic. The title is “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” not “There’s a Riot Going On.”

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:55 (three years ago) Permalink

He's got some credits that are hard to keep track of, like Kaylan and Volman.

Riot In #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 June 2014 12:21 (three years ago) Permalink

RIP Bobby.

(Just noticed I started this thread and I never start threads...)

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Sunday, 29 June 2014 13:26 (three years ago) Permalink

You must have been moved to do so by the passing of Jim Ford.

Riot In #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 June 2014 13:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I looked for a while and this Bobby Womack "Soul Sides" 2 cd compilation that came out on Metro Select in the Uk is a good compilation. He did alot of ballad material (stuff not unlike Isaac Hayes), but I love his stuff when it gets funky as his guitar is always really tasty. Good comp. 'Across 110th Street' was always the tune that got me interested in Womack's music.

earlnash, Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:16 (one month ago) Permalink

"Daylight" is his ultimate masterpiece. The catchier things he did, the more ornate work, is his best; as a conventional soul singer doing the conventional cover versions, except for "Fly Me to the Moon," he wasn't all that interesting. "How I Miss You Baby," "What Is This," "It's Gonna Rain" (Tommy Cogbill's bass rules), "Arkansas State Prison," "That's the Way I Feel About Cha," and the mind-boggling "You're Welcome, Stop on By" are amazing. I don't care for his '70s albums, by and large--the material isn't there and his covers are forgettable. "If You Think You're Lonely Now" from '80 is his last great moment. I like his more obvious stuff from the Moman recordings, "Broadway Walk" and so forth. But he was never really the soul vocalist his peers were, so it has a self-regarding edge that detracts from its impact--he was just conceptually a bit soft, undefined. I love him, beautiful guitarist, but I think his career boils down into a fairly small set of tunes. Maybe someone could compile the later stuff to some effect.

eddhurt, Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:09 (one month ago) Permalink

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