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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
As compelling as Bobby Womack's lacerating baritone may be, it still has that uncanny ability to be an engaging voice. This album has that timeliness appeal. It features the chart-buster in the mid-tempo number "Woman's Gotta Have It." It was a number one single on the Billboard R&B charts. In addition to the aforementioned song, Womack also features a host of other granite numbers like "Ruby Dean" and "I Can Understand It." The latter, penned by Womack, was also covered by New Birth. Both versions are excellent. However, Womack's version has a soothing effect as it employs a sensuous string arrangement while New Birth's rendition is rather funky, retaining a spirited ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
As compelling as Bobby Womack's lacerating baritone may be, it still has that uncanny ability to be an engaging voice. This album has that timeliness appeal. It features the chart-buster in the mid-tempo number "Woman's Gotta Have It." It was a number one single on the Billboard R&B charts. In addition to the aforementioned song, Womack also features a host of other granite numbers like "Ruby Dean" and "I Can Understand It." The latter, penned by Womack, was also covered by New Birth. Both versions are excellent. However, Womack's version has a soothing effect as it employs a sensuous string arrangement while New Birth's rendition is rather funky, retaining a spirited horn arrangement. Womack's version was never a release. "Harry Hippie" is a narrative about his brother and former bandmate Harris Womack. It checked in at number eight. The Ohio native's unique trait to calm a song with his blistering baritone re-surfaces on "Sweet Caroline," the album's third and final release. For a song to be so sweet and gentle, Womack enhances the flavor of this sentimental number with a heartfelt, soulful approach. It slipped into the Top 20 at 16. By all standards, this album is stirring.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/1994
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • UPC: 724382914426
  • Catalog Number: 29144
  • Sales rank: 26,553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can Understand It (6:35)
  2. 2 Woman's Gotta Have It (3:33)
  3. 3 And I Love Her (2:44)
  4. 4 Got to Get You Back (2:53)
  5. 5 Simple Man (5:58)
  6. 6 Ruby Dean (3:26)
  7. 7 Thing Called Love (3:57)
  8. 8 Sweet Caroline (3:13)
  9. 9 Harry Hippie (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Womack Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bobby Wood Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Tippy Armstrong Guitar
Barry Beckett Piano, Clavichord, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Hayword Bishop Percussion, Drums
Harrison Calloway Jr. Trumpet
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Ronnie Eades Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Emmons Organ, Keyboards
Pam Grier Vocals
Patrice Holloway Vocals
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass
Clayton Ivey Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Mike Leech Bass
Dale Quillen Trombone
Janice Singleton Vocals
Truman Thomas Keyboards
Harvey Thompson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Young Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby Womack Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Steve Smith Engineer
Jimmy Lewis Composer
Darryl Carter Engineer
Chris Green Composer
Rene Hall Arranger
Larry Hamby Engineer
Joe Hicks Composer, Producer
Jimmy Johnson Engineer
Stan Kesler Engineer
Mike Leech Arranger, String Arrangements
Tom Cartwright Reissue Producer
Christina Hersch Engineer
Norman Seeff Art Direction
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
Phill Brown Mastering
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