Monday, July 21, 2014

Sound & Groove, Episode 47: "Bobby Womack: A Tribute to a King" Part 1

Bobby Womack in a moment of glee during his 1970s heyday when his own recordings were generating R&B smash hits with the occasional pop crossover success, though many of those were driven toward recognition thanks to others doing cover versions. Nonetheless, a scintillating roll that didn't ease up till the decade became old.

Bobby Womack was a true soul pioneer that kept the flame burning until the end, trying to keep a link back to his era of soul where its realness, its honesty and passion was the most essential thing of all. It wasn't so much about the execution but the feel that mattered in a music style that generated from gospel and church roots. He passed away at age 70 on June 30th yet survived to tell a story of trials and tribulations that most legends never got to live to tell. 

He did it all with a force of personality and worldly wisdom, performing with a variety of contemporaries as distant in time and style as Sam Cooke, Ron Wood, Jim Ford, Wilton Felder, Patti Labelle, Mos-Def and Gorillaz. This will be the first of 3 episodes where I review his career by acknowledging his heroes as well as tracks he played on, wrote or put out under his own name during his nearly 6 decades in the business, starting as a gospel kid with his brothers (later to be called the Valentinos) and ending as a living legend. 

Hear another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast here in 2014. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy. And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. All killer, no filler... other than when I talk and introduce the tunes and recap the ones before it. But aside from that? 100% juicy meat! 100% juicy tofu if you happen to be a vegetarian.

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Track Listing:
1. That's Heaven to Me- Sam Cooke (1962)
2. It's All Over Now- The Rolling Stones (1964) 
3. Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You've Been Gone)- Aretha Franklin (1967)
4. I'm in Love- Wilson Pickett (1967)
5. Runnin' Away- Sly & the Family Stone (1971)
6. Trust Me- Janis Joplin (1971)
7. I Can Understand it- Bobby Womack (1972)
8. Check it Out- Bobby Womack (1975)

Info of note:
Intro- Foxhole" by Television (1978))
Outro- "Carried Away" by Television (1978)
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