“The Poet” by Bobby Womack - album review

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TJR says

This November '81 release represented a big turnaround in fortunes for the 37-year-old, whose golden period of the early 70s looked likely to register as his career pinnacle. Since then, drug problems, the death of his infant child, the death of his brother, poor sales and label rows had all been contributing factors in his lowering stock, but he was determined enough to dust himself down and go again. He signed to Otis Smith's west coast indie label, Beverly Glen, and got stuck into the modern-day R n B groove in the style of Quincy Jones, Luter Vandross et al. Completing the smooth overhaul, his new lavender suit and shades alluded to a new freshness within. Masterblaster-like opener “So Many Sides Of You” is as good as it gets for me, but it's not all that. There were no pop hits as such, but three 45s made the R n B charts: “Secrets” (#55), “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” (#3) and “Where Do We Go From Here” (#26). The album gave him his biggest hits in both the Pop chart (#29) and the R n B chart (#1).

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:44] 4.0.png Bobby Womack - So Many Sides Of You (Bobby Womack, Jim Ford) R n B
A2 [04:03] 2.4.png Bobby Womack - Lay Your Lovin’ On Me (Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten, Sandra Sully) Disco / Funk
A3 [03:54] 1.2.png Bobby Womack - Secrets (Bobby Womack, Jim Ford) R n B
A4 [05:05] 1.9.png Bobby Womack - Just My Imagination (Bobby Womack) R n B
A5 [03:30] 2.7.png Bobby Womack - Stand Up (Cecil Womack) Disco / Funk
B1 [06:51] 2.3.png Bobby Womack - Games (Bobby Womack, Roger Dollarhide) R n B
B2 [05:30] 1.6.png Bobby Womack - If You Think You’re Lonely Now (Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten, Richard Griffin) R n B
B3 [06:40] 2.2.png Bobby Womack - Where Do We Go From Here (Bobby Womack, Jim Ford) R n B

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