Sunday, March 06, 2022

Super Soul Sunday

We'll rejoinder the Saturday Night Beaver with a soulful slice of Sunday, courtesy of one of the greatest.

He woulda been 78 the other day, but I waited until today for the 34th anniversary of this concert.

Obviously if you don't know who he is/was, you must have missed out on the last 60 years of modern music, as he's a central figure in it all, even a decade deceased.

He began as Sam Cooke's guitar player at the start of the 1960s -- a pretty tasty pace to start -- and ascended from there.

Whether for his own songs or the ten trillion hits he wrote for others, there can be no doubt that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame salvaged a tiny shred of its dubious credibility in 2009 when it inducted him.

I'm trying to recall when I first heard the music of Bobby Womack. I think it was the soundtrack to Across 110th Street, one of the greatest of the Blaxploitation films.

This wild show was taped at the legendary Bremen club Moments, and circulated partially for years before it was rebroadcast in its entirety a year ago.

If you're looking for a stellar two hour example of what this guy was all about, you're about to get one.

Bobby Womack
Bremen, Germany 

01 The Things We Do
02 Nobody Wants You When You're Down & Out
03 Daylight
04 Woman's Gotta Have It
05 That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha
06 Inherit the Wind 
07 Only Survivor
08 Breezin' 
09 Surprise Surprise
10 Fly Me to the Moon
11 Living In the World 
12 You're Welcome, Stop On By
13 Harry Hippie
14 Tryin' to Get Over You (incl. band introductions)
15 What a Wonderful World
16 That's Where It's At
17 Having a Party
18 Love Has Finally Come At Last
19 Lookin' for a Love
20 If You Think You're Lonely Now
21 I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much
22 It's All Over Now
23 I Wanna Make Love to You
24 (No Matter How High I Get) I'll Still Be Lookin' Up to You (incl. FM outro)

Total time: 1:53:12
disc break goes after Track 14

Bobby Womack - guitar & vocals
Courtney Sappington - guitar
Frank "Rusty" Hamilton - keyboards & harmonica
Gail Johnson - keyboards
Bernard Baisden - trombone
Fernando Womack - saxophone & vocals
Louise Baranger - trumpet
Roy Weagan - trumpet
David Shields - bass & vocals
Arnold Ramsey - drums
Tony Flores - percussion
Friendly Womack - vocals
Alltrinna Grayson - vocals

digital capture of a March 2021 Bremen 2 "Sounds In Concert" 192K digital FM rebroadcast of the full show
671 MB FLAC/March 2022 archive link

I'll whip up some more grist for the mill as we March on into the Spring here. I'm trying to do people I've never done before, you know?

So happy b'day -- and happy anniversary to this performance -- to the late, great Bobby Womack... you can always tell the immortals by observing how their music isn't leaving us anytime soon.--J.

3.4.1944 - 6.27.2014

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