Bobby Womack C/D

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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

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 (four 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 (four 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 (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, 28 June 2014 15:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Major RIP :(

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

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

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:16 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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

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