Bobby Womack's second studio album on United Artists was 1972's Understanding, another fine example of his smooth, funky soul style. It was recorded at both the American Sound Studio in Memphis and the Muscle Shoals Sounds in Alabama, and so features backing from a number of top Southern soul session players, among them guitarists Reggie Young and Jimmy Johnson, bassist David Hood, keyboard player Barry Beckett and drummer Roger Hawkins. It continued Womack's habit of coming up with some quite surprising cover material, here featuring The Beatles' "And I Love Her" and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline". His own "Woman's Gotta Have It" was released as a single and gave him his first #1 R&B hit. "Sweet Caroline" was also a #16 R&B hit, and it's b-side, Jim Ford's "Harry Hippie" also got to #8 (and broke through to #31 on the pop chart). Thus featuring both his highest charting R&B and pop hits, the album was his most succesful to date (also getting to #7 on the R&B album chart itself).
Communication (1971) <|> Facts Of Life (1973)
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