A completely sublime first album from the great Bobby Womack
– and a set that already has him sounding quite different than any of his contemporaries! Bobby
's got a southern soul vibe at the start, to be sure – but he also works things in this amazingly fresh way, too – a bit of Cali sun mixed in with his well-penned tunes – and a mature, confident approach that really pushes male soul in a new direction. The vocals are incredible – fresh, and raw, and with that warm little rasp that made him stand out so strongly from other singers of the late 60s – Bobby
's personal touch that still always sends us after all these years. The arrangements are superb, with a mix of small-combo organ/
guitar southern grooving, and just the right touches of larger orchestrations to push the whole thing over the top. The songwriting is superb – with some of Bobby
's best early tracks, like "What Is This", "I'm In Love", and "Baby! You Oughta Think it Over". Even the non-original tracks are wonderful – like the track "Fly Me to the Moon", which Bobby
manages to completely make his own!
(Original stereo pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Cover is stained, wrinkled and flaky on the bottom half.)