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BOBBY WOMACK MCA MCAD 11419 Only Survivor - The MCA Years ● CD $11.98
14 tracks, 69 min., recommended Singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Dwayne Womack (b. 1944) was just 17 when he first recorded as a member of The Womack Brothers (Sar Records,'61), this after years of studying with his father Friendly Womack (singer/guitarist with The Voices Of Love) and his 2nd cousin, the legendary baritone singer Solomon J. Womack (of The Swan Silvertones). As early as 1953, he met (and later joined) Sam Cooke, then a member of The Soul Stirrers. With that experience, Bobby Womack may just be the 'only survivor' (along with Lou Rawls) who knows what soul music is really all about. For this CD, MCA has drawn 11 tracks from his 1985-1987 albums, including three 1986 tracks produced by Chips Moman : Wanna Make Love To You, I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else (originally recorded in 1968 by The Masqueraders) and When The Weekend Ends (the version without guest artist Sly Stone). Five tracks are taken from the So Many Rivers album, including the (shorter) singles version of Let Me Kiss It Where It Hurts (with uncredited saxophonist Wilton Felder) and a version of Sam Cooke's That Where It's At (with his brothers, The Valentinos). The remaining 3 tracks are from his guest appearance on two Wilton Felder albums, including the #2 R&B hit (No Matter How High I Get) I'll Still Be Lookin' Up To You (with Alltrinna Grayson on 2nd vocals). (EL)

 
BOBBY WOMACK Razor & Tie 2009 Lookin' For A Love - The Best Of Bobby Womack, 1968-75 ● CD $11.98
14 tracks, 45 min., recommended. The only song here not included on the superior EMI collection is the Sam Cooke - penned I'm Gonna Forget About You from Womack's second Minit album. And it's a great song. Other than that, about the only argument for choosing this over Midnight Mover is economics. Get this if you can't afford the other or if you just want to get your proverbial feet wet. Contains , and others. Notes from Jimmy Guterman. (JC)

 
BOBBY WOMACK Razor & Tie 2029 The Poet ● CD $11.98

 
BOBBY WOMACK Razor & Tie 2030 The Poet II ● CD $11.98

 
BOBBY WOMACK Recall 289 Poetry In Motion ● CD $16.98
Two CD set with 36 tracks covering sides from 1971 through 1984 - Fly Me To The Moon/ I'm A Midnight Mover/ Tired And Convicted/ Woman's Gotta Have It/ Sweet Caroline/ Across 110th Street/ I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You/ Check It Out/ Just My Imagination, etc.

 
MITCH WOODS & HIS ROCKET 88S Blind Pig 5008 Shakin' The Shack ● CD $15.98
 

 
MITCH WOODS & HIS ROCKET 88S Blind Pig 71784 Steady Date ● CD $15.98

 
MITCH WOODS & HIS ROCKET 88'S Blind Pig 72888 Mr. Boogie's Back In Town ● CD $15.98
 

 
MITCH WOODS & HIS ROCKET 88'S Blind Pig 74191 Solid Gold Cadillac ● CD $15.98
Second release by local favorite pianist, with his solid barrelhouse band plus guests Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl and the Roomful Of Blues Horns. 11 cuts, including the dancefloor favorites Frosty/ That Will Never Do/ House Of Blue Lights.

 
THE WRENS Collectables 5404 The Best Of The Wrens Featuring Bobby Mansfield ● CD $13.98
The Wrens sounded much like Willie Winfield & The Harptones, which probably accounted for their lack of commercial success, but don't let that deter you from catching their tight, polished vocal style and delivery on choice ballads and jumps like Beggin' For Love & Hey Girl plus 12 other pleasers reissued here for the first time on CD. Backed by the irrepressible Jimmy Wright Band. (OLN)
THE WRENS: Beggin' For Love/ Betty Jean/ C'est La Vie/ Come Back My Love/ Eleven Roses/ Hey Girl/ House Of Cards/ I Won't Come To Your Wedding/ Love's Something That's Made For Two/ Love's Something That's Made For Two/ Serenade of the Bells/ She's My Everything/ What Makes You Do The Things You Do/ Wreckless

 
BETTY WRIGHT Rhino 70796 Live ● CD $11.98

 
O.V. WRIGHT MCA MCAD 10670 The Soul Of O.V. Wright ● CD $9.98
Any soul music enthusiast knows that O.V. Wright is a God in the southern soul pantheon. His gospel apprenticeship with The Highway QC's, Sunset Travelers and others carried over without dilution into a hit-making R&B career on the Back Beat label, starting here with his first charter You're Gonna Make Me Cry. This is heart-rending soul dripping with gospel goodness, and Wright's most memorable songs don't stray from this winning combination. Eight Men, Four Women/ Nickel And A Nail/ Heartaches, Heartaches/ I'd Rather Be (Blind, Crippled & Crazy)/ When You Took Your Love From Me all turned heartbreak into big sales, aided by Willie Mitchell's classic Memphis production. But most of the non-hits are just as good - especially the deep soul grinders Born All Over/ Drowning On Dry Land and the relatively hopeful Gonna Forget About You. Monkey Dog is a silly dance record, and I would have expected more from O.V.'s gospel numbers Motherless Child/ I'm Going Home, but this is still an absolutely essential collection. 18 selections from 1965-74. (MB)

 
YOUNG JESSIE Ace CDCHD 607 I'm Gone ● CD $18.98
21 tracks, 54 min., recommended. This is the first full length collection of the musical works of Obediah Jessie to make it to CD, and it's solidly satisfying from start to finish. The program opens with Jessie's best known number, Mary Lou, which was successfully covered by Ronnie Hawkins in 1959. Subsequent numbers, some with vocal group backing, include Lonesome Desert, Don't Think I Will, I Smell a Rat, Oochie Coochie, Hit Git and Split, Hot Dog, and Do You Love Me. Most numbers are uptempo blues shouters with first class backing from either west or east coast session men. Variety is provided by an occasional mid-tempo track, like Why Do I Love You on which Young Jessie sings lead with the Flairs, and one certified ballad, the fine Nothing Seems Right. And, as usual with Ace, the sound quality, liner notes, and cover graphics would nicely serve as models for the industry. (DH)


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