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Eschewing the orchestrated sound that dominated much of his 1970s output, the Across 110th Street soundtrack being the definitive example, with The Poet Womack stays in that slick vein, but this time does so with a soft jazz feel. Workouts like "Where Do We Go from Here" contain long intros and codas with Womack's gruff vocal style trading off with the silky voices of a female choir; on "So Many Sides of You," one of the more rollicking songs on the record, the piano, drums, and Nathan East's bass are as crisp as a new dollar bill. A bonus, aside from the songs, is the great cover art, which shows Womack decked out in a lavender sports coat and a pair of sunglasses, which ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Kurutz
Eschewing the orchestrated sound that dominated much of his 1970s output, the Across 110th Street soundtrack being the definitive example, with The Poet Womack stays in that slick vein, but this time does so with a soft jazz feel. Workouts like "Where Do We Go from Here" contain long intros and codas with Womack's gruff vocal style trading off with the silky voices of a female choir; on "So Many Sides of You," one of the more rollicking songs on the record, the piano, drums, and Nathan East's bass are as crisp as a new dollar bill. A bonus, aside from the songs, is the great cover art, which shows Womack decked out in a lavender sports coat and a pair of sunglasses, which only someone of his soulful grace could pull off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/1993
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 079892202922
  • Catalog Number: 22029

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Womack Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dorothy Ashby Percussion, Harp
David T. Walker Guitar
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass
James Gadson Drums
Patrick Moten Keyboards
Dale Ramsey Keyboards
David Sheilds Bass
The Waters Vocals, Background Vocals
Waters Family Vocals, Background Vocals
Cecil Womack Vocals, Background Vocals
Curtis Womack Vocals, Background Vocals
Friendly Womack Background Vocals
Regina Womack Hand Clapping
Sally Womack Hand Clapping
Vincent Womack Hand Clapping
Richard Griffin Vocals
Fernando Harkless Vocals
Johnny Parham Vocals
Tondalei Hand Clapping
Friendly Womack Jr. Vocals, Background Vocals
Jon Rami Vocals
Technical Credits
Bobby Womack Composer, Producer
Jim Ford Composer
Roger Dollarhide Composer
Avi Kipper Engineer
Charles Levan Producer
Patrick Moten Composer
Barney Perkins Engineer
Otis Smith Executive Producer
Regina Womack Contributor
Sally Womack Contributor
Vincent Womack Contributor
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Tom Vickers Liner Notes
Richard Griffin Composer, Contributor
Fernando Harkless Contributor
Ginny Livingston Art Direction
Bernadette Fauver Producer
Dave Schultz Mastering
Adam Varon Producer
Johnny Parham Contributor
Lisa Reddick Producer
Tammy Kizer Producer
Gregg Ogorzelec Producer
Jon Rami Contributor
Robert Battaglia Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Just my imagination/playin' tricks on me again...''

    Let's just assume that all you've heard of Bobby Womack is 'Lookin' for a Love' and 'Across 110th Street.'--in fact, I'd be very much surprised if you DID know more of him than just those two songs, since his name is rarely (if ever) mentioned with the Others, with Gaye, and Green, and (James, not Bobby, NEVER Bobby) Brown. Anyway, if this is so, this is all 'ye needs to know': 'The Poet' IS Bobby Womack. It is his zenith, his apex, his Mount Everest. With 'The Poet,' we are getting all that Womack has to give--in terms of songwriting skills, in terms of personal experience, in terms of musical expertise. Pure and simple. While Womack may have put out other wonderful albums BEFORE 'The Poet,' ('Facts of Life' springs to mind) all those albums will be blown completely out of the water the very SECOND you hear the opening beats of 'So Many Sides of You.' 'The Poet' is so good, in fact, that I'm willing to go further and state with the utmost sincerity that it's the template ALL r&b-flavored albums must follow, or else risk total mediocrity. It is raw and earthy; yet, at the same time, polished and smooth--only, not TOO smooth...No schlocky strings and percussions here. No wordless backing vocals; and no over-the-top gospel-esque histrionics which hamper so many other r&b efforts. And, most important, NO 'SAMPLING.' Totally original, totally honest r&b. Highlights: 'So Many Sides of You,' 'Lay Your Lovin' On Me,' 'Just My Imagination,' and, of course, 'If You Think You're Lonely Now.' Thank GOODNESS 'If You Think...' was remade for the 'Jason's Lyric' soundtrack; otherwise, an entire, new generation would NEVER have heard of Womack, or of this album.

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