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The Poet II by Bobby Womack

The Poet II

by Bobby Womack

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Barcode: 0018771879015
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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Bobby Womack’s music, once a solace for many, now evokes a more complex response. Over the years, his soulful ministry of love, delivered with a gravelly tone reminiscent of both a rock star and a blues-bar regular, has taken on a darker hue. In 1981, he released “The Poet,” an exploration of love, desire, and despair, followed by “The Poet II” three years later, completing his thematic examination of this complex emotion. Despite allegations of sexual assault and personal turmoil, Womack’s musical talent shone through, particularly evident in his collaboration with notable artists and the emotional depth of his compositions.

The story behind “The Poet” albums is entwined with tragedy and controversy. Womack’s marriage to Barbara, widow of soul legend Sam Cooke, was marred by infidelity, notably involving his stepdaughter, Linda. Yet, amidst these personal tribulations, Womack crafted soulful melodies that resonated deeply with audiences. The albums feature a mix of funky, disco-inflected tracks alongside poignant ballads, reflecting Womack’s emotional journey and the complexities of love and loss.

While the albums showcase Womack’s musical prowess, they also raise questions about how we engage with the legacies of artists who have been implicated in violence against women. The reissue of “The Poet” and “The Poet II” prompts a reassessment of Womack’s contributions and the broader issue of acknowledging and addressing such violence within the music industry. Collaborations with artists like Patti LaBelle, who herself survived sexual assault, underscore the importance of amplifying women’s voices and experiences.

Ultimately, Womack’s albums serve as a reminder of our capacity to hold multiple truths and engage with difficult topics with empathy and understanding. While his music continues to resonate with audiences, it also invites reflection on the broader social and cultural context in which it was created. Listening to Womack’s work should be an opportunity for dialogue and introspection, acknowledging both his artistic talent and the experiences of those affected by his actions.

Tracklist
A1 Love Has Finally Come At Last
A2 It Takes A Lot Of Strength To Say Goodbye
A3 Through The Eyes Of A Child
A4 Surprise Surprise
A5 Tryin' To Get Over You
B1 Tell Me Why
B2 Who's Foolin' Who
B3 I Wish I Had Someone To Come Home To
B4 American Dream
Catalogue No.: 7187901
Barcode: 0018771879015
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Funk
Label: ABKCO
Released: 2021
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180gr

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