The Poet

The Poet

by Bobby Womack
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The Poet

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/1993
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0079892202922
catalogNumber: 22029

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Womack   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
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   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
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Tom Vickers   Liner Notes
Richard Griffin   Composer
Ginny Livingston   Art Direction
Bernadette Fauver   Producer
Adam Varon   Producer
Lisa Reddick   Producer
Tammy Kizer   Producer
Gregg Ogorzelec   Producer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer

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The Poet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.