Poet I & II

The Poet I & II

by Bobby Womack
     
 
Just in time for Bobby Womack's 2009 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ABKCO reissued the singer's classic soul albums of the early '80s, The Poet and The Poet II, on a single CD, squeezing into the format's 80-minute limit with only three seconds to spare. Originally issued in 1981 and 1984, the two LPs contained a total of 17 tracks, six of

Overview

Just in time for Bobby Womack's 2009 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ABKCO reissued the singer's classic soul albums of the early '80s, The Poet and The Poet II, on a single CD, squeezing into the format's 80-minute limit with only three seconds to spare. Originally issued in 1981 and 1984, the two LPs contained a total of 17 tracks, six of which got into the R&B charts, including the number three hits "If You Think You're Lonely Now" (sampled on Mariah Carey's 2005 number one pop hit "We Belong Together") and "Love Has Finally Come at Last," the latter one of three duets with Patti LaBelle. Although The Poet, Womack's biggest crossover pop success as a performer, generally is considered far the superior of the two albums, they combine well together, particularly because The Poet begins with relatively quick tempos, only to slow for its extended ballads, while The Poet II leads off with ballads and gradually builds speed, so the transition from one album to the other is seamless. It is those ballads, also including "Where Do We Go from Here" and "It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye," that remain the most impressive a quarter-century later. In contrast, songs that might have seemed more current in the early '80s now seem dated; more than ever, the bass riff stolen from Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster (Jammin')" sticks out on the opening track, "So Many Sides of You," while "Stand Up" is reminiscent not only of the Commodores' "Brick House," which it followed by a few years, but also of the Dazz Band's "Let It Whip," which actually followed it by a few months. Still, the issue isn't so much that such songs sound like other ones of around the same time, it's that they sound like that time, while Womack's vocal showcases on the ballads sound timeless.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
Label:
Abkco
UPC:
0018771019626
catalogNumber:
1962
Rank:
24085

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Womack   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Various
Patti LaBelle   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Robert Palmer   Guitar
Dorothy Ashby   Harp
George Benson   Guitar
James W. Alexander   Synthesizer
David T. Walker   Guitar
Michael Wycoff   Keyboards
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Wilton Felder   Horn
James Gadson   Drums,Background Vocals
Thurman Green   Horn
Rusty Hamilton   Synthesizer,Harmonica
Harry Kim   Horn
Patrick Moten   Keyboards
Dale Ramsey   Keyboards
David Sheilds   Bass
Valentinos   Background Vocals
Waters   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn
Cecil Womack   Vocals,Background Vocals,Various,Musician
Curtis Womack   Background Vocals
Friendly Womack   Vocals,Background Vocals,Various,Musician
Regina Womack   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sally Womack   Hand Clapping
Vincent Womack   Hand Clapping
Eddie Brown   Percussion
Richard Griffin   Vocals,Various,Musician
Fernando Harkless   Horn,Vocals,Musician
Kathy Bloxson   Background Vocals
Sidney Mulgrow   Horn
Johnny Parham   Vocals,Musician
Courtney Sappington   Guitar
Thel Waters   Background Vocals
Jon Rami   Vocals,Musician
Vincent Womack   Hand Clapping
Tondalei   Hand Clapping
Thurmon Green   Horn
Sidney Mulgrow   Horn
Sally Womack   Hand Clapping
Kathy Bloxson   Background Vocals
Jon Rami   Vocals,Various
Johnny Parham   Vocals,Various
Dale Ramsey   Keyboards
David Miller   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Bobby Womack   Arranger,Audio Production
James Gadson   Producer,Audio Production
Iris Keitel   Art Direction
Avi Kipper   Engineer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Producer,Audio Production
Barney Perkins   Engineer
Brian Fitzpatrick   Redesign
Norman Seeff   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Ginny Livingston   Art Direction
Dave Bloomberg   String Arrangements
Fred Johnson   drum machine
Teri Landi   Reissue Producer
Alisa Coleman   Art Direction
Robert Battaglia   Engineer
Dave Bloomberg   Arranger

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