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Bobby Womack: The Best Of Bobby Womack

The Best Of Bobby Womack

(Bobby Womack)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

This year I’ve seen a lot of collections from varied artists and its usually a heads or tails occasion. Either you get yourself a really good album that offers you the best of that artists plus some material that you’ve never heard before or you get something repackaged with new material that you never really needed to hear at all. Fortunately Capitol Records seems to be on the ball with the release of Bobby Womack’s best of The Soul Years.

Womack has been all over the map as far as his musical career goes. He began working under Sam Cooke’s SAR label with his group The Valentino’s which his younger brother Cecil also played in. Later he worked as a guitarist with artists such as Sly & The Family Stone and Janis Joplin. While this album is titled the Soul Years it probably more of a tossup between soul and funk. Womack’s style is somewhat of a cross between Brenton Wood, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown.

As a best of album The Soul Years is about as flawless as you’re going to find. Twenty tracks make up this album and not one of them is a dud. The sound is impeccable, including the newly discovered The Preacher/More Then I Can Stand live performance. The album also features some great covers such as; Fire and Rain (James Taylor), Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out (Sam Cooke), California Dreamin’ (Mama’s and the Papa’s). Not a whole lot needs to be said about this album other than if your fan it’s a must have and if you’re looking to get into Womack’s music or simply funk and soul this would be the ideal place to get on. Simply an excellent collection that you can’t go wrong with. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
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