Bobby Womack C/D

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classic. except for quite a few of his covers. including the remake of its all over now with bill withers which should be classic but isnt.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

given the descriptions as 'patchy' i would love to examples of the classics - i only know across 110th street and have never got around to litening further.

fantasimundo, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Imagine there's a few good comps out there

Tom D., Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

his "california dreamin" is maybe the best song i've ever heard in my entire life

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

His "Sweet Caroline" is, well, sweet: "Here's my part, heh." "Secrets" and "110th St" are grand too. But his "Living in a Box" is just weird, and as the years went on, he increasingly simply ignored the song structure at hand and just scatted/vamped over the others' work.

Joseph McCombs, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 16:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I love "That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha," "Across 110th Street" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now." Classic, based on those three songs.

!Alicia!, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 20:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

the thing about womack is you have to really LOVE what he does otherwise there isnt much chance of liking many of his albums as theyre all very samey and yes i know you could prob say that about a lot of artists but there isnt that much variation in what he does.

titchyschneiderMk2, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 21:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah but My Prescription is choice, his best record and pretty essential soul.

whisperineddhurt, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 19:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

his c+w album is £3 on cd @ fopp, as one of the 2-fer-1 releases that $tateside put out.
very tempted.

mark e, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 10:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

just wanted to get a '1 year passes ...' before that pic

Matt P, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

anyway 'womack in memphis' sounds so good right now

Matt P, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 00:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can I just put in a word for the joy that is 'If You Don't Want My Love (Give it Back)' , especially the bit where he quotes You Keep Me Hangin On.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 18:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

his The Best of the Poet Trilogy CD is just absolutely killing me today. I've had it for a few years but today every single song is hitting me with some WHOA GENIUS ALERT stuff. A lot of his stuff has finally hit iTunes which is good news to me.

man though this record today is hitting me in a "you can't be my friend unless you LOVE THIS" way, damn.

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Across 101th St contributions aside, Womack has kinda underwhelmed me. given the Sly connection and the voice and the cross-genre goofiness and everything I *should* really dig him, but everything I've heard has been pretty hit and miss.

one less mouth to feed is one less mouth to feed (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

man get that best of the poet album, for real

if you already have then disregard obv

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have the 101th St one and then whatever one had Harry Hippie on it, forget what that was called. Some other random songs here and there

will check out and report back!

one less mouth to feed is one less mouth to feed (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 October 2009 22:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

ah Understanding is the other one I have

one less mouth to feed is one less mouth to feed (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 29 October 2009 22:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

dig this unstoppable jam

a full circle lol (J0hn D.), Thursday, 29 October 2009 22:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

The excellent recent UK film "Fish Tank" features California Dreamin' prominently.

ρεμπετις, Friday, 30 October 2009 01:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The great man was on Jools Holland with Gorillaz last night, and did a small teaser for Friday's show, promising a full version of If You Don't Want My Love, Give it Back.
Probably one of my top five Bobby tunes, along with Across 110th Street, Girl You're Welcome (Stop on By), So Many Sides of You, What is This?

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

Can't find a live version, but here you go...

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

didn't see Bobby Womack, but the other Bobby (McFerrin) was awesome!

gnarly sceptre, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:28 (eight years ago) Permalink


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

Blecch Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

I think NPR is still streaming his new one.

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

this album just sounded a bit awkward to me

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 20:03 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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

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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

You can check the timing here

Riot In #9 Dream (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 29 June 2014 13:36 (four years ago) Permalink

stones do all over now in tribute

Thus Sang Freud, Sunday, 29 June 2014 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

First time I saw him he opened for the Stones

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 June 2014 15:57 (four years ago) Permalink

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

Not as sad as if it had happened before a career revival though. At least he got the chance to make a great record, get back on the road, play arena shows and festival headliners with Gorillaz and get adoring press.

What is wrong with songs? Absolutely nothing. Songs are great. (DL), Monday, 30 June 2014 18:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Its sad that he died, period at age 70.

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 June 2014 18:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Fresh Air has been replaying the 1999 interview, which you can download---lots of good stories and musical excerpts (also at least one xpost goofy but invigorating cover so far): Also, at least one fairly recent Memphis show in the Beale Street Caravan archive: But I just tried to download that one too, with Firefox's Flashgot, as I've done on before; this time it crashed my computer. Oh well, gently down the stream.

dow, Saturday, 12 July 2014 19:54 (four years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

just dunno

j., Friday, 20 March 2015 02:59 (three years ago) Permalink

dunno what the world is coming to either. Wish Bobby was still around to share that

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 March 2015 14:37 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Ha I'm listening to that album right now... halfway thru the track "Git It", which I've just noticed (are you reading this Shakey + Kerr?) has lead guitar by Glen Goins... as does the next track.

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Sunday, 28 June 2015 17:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Also just noticed that Bobby plays a lot of bass on this album ... and guess what? He's fucking good!

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Sunday, 28 June 2015 17:59 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

wicker game strong as well

j., Friday, 30 October 2015 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

:((((((( RIP Bobby

They could have been Stackridge. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 13:43 (two years ago) Permalink

... wait a minute, he's already dead!

They could have been Stackridge. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Yes, I'm an idiot. Sorry. This is what happens when you see something on a friend's Facebook page and you fail to check.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 14:45 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

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