The Poet I & II

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771019626
  • Catalog Number: 1962
  • Sales rank: 7,673

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
The Valentinos Background Vocals
The 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
Adam Ayan Mastering
Teri Landi Reissue Producer
Alisa Coleman Art Direction
Robert Battaglia Engineer
Dave Bloomberg Arranger
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