Bobby Womack - Facts Of Life (1973)

Bobby Womack was an American soul singer, songwriter and musician.

1972 had been a highly successful year for Bobby Womack, as he scored his #1 R&B hit with "Woman's Gotta Have It". In 1973 he collaborated with J.J. Johnson for the soundtrack of the film Across 110th Street, and the title song was another R&B hit at #19. His next album came out the same year, another great smooth soul album recorded with The Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section. As was usual for Womack, it had some interesting choices of cover songs, the ones here being Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "The Look Of Love", Jerry Goffin & Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (retitled "Natural Man"), Sam Cooke's "That's Heaven To Me" and Jimmy Cox's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out". The latter was something of an evergreen standard, but Womack gave it a brilliant funky new arrangement. Released as a single, it was a #2 R&B hit, and also got to #29 on the pop singles chart. Another song on the album that had hit all over it, but didn't see release as a single, was George Soulé's "You Can't Stop A Man In Love".

Understanding (1972) <|> Lookin' For A Love Again (1974)
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