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Midnight Mover: Collection
Genres: Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
Bobby Womack's career is a book with many chapters; neither a bestseller nor a literary classic, it is nonetheless a consistently good read. The two-CD set, The Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection, only covers the ... more »
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Bobby Womack's career is a book with many chapters; neither a bestseller nor a literary classic, it is nonetheless a consistently good read. The two-CD set, The Midnight Mover: The Bobby Womack Collection, only covers the middle chapters of that story, but those years (1968-76) brought the singer-guitarist-songwriter-producer his only Top 40 pop hits: "That's the Way I Feel About Cha," "Harry Hippie," "Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out," and "Lookin' for a Love." Womack is better known today for songs that were recorded by others: "It's All Over Now" by the Rolling Stones, "Woman's Gotta Have It" by the Neville Brothers, "I'm in Love" by Aretha Franklin, and 17 different songs by Wilson Pickett, most notably "I'm a Midnight Mover." All these recordings are superior to Womack's own versions (he is a robust gospel-soul singer but curiously lacking in understatement or big climaxes), but they are indicative of Womack's knack for telling a story to a very funky beat. All 8 of the above songs are included among the 44 tracks on the new anthology. What's missing from this anthology are the early chapters in Womack's story and the later chapters (his brilliant post-cocaine comeback albums, 1981's The Poet and 1984's The Poet II, his collaborations with Patti LaBelle and Wilton Felder, and his 1986 reunion with Moman, Womagic, the best album of his career). The Midnight Mover is the kind of anthology you shouldn't bother with until you have Otis Redding, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and Aretha Franklin covered. But if you have plenty of their recordings and still hunger for more classic R&B, Bobby Womack is a good next move. --Geoffrey Himes
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Pieter van Everdingen | Utrecht, The Netherlands | 07/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every now and then a brilliant tribute album is released that celebrates the music of a certain artist, group or music style, like the album "Rhythm, Country & Blues" that was produced by Don Was. I think that I've found the perfect candidate for a tribute album like that: Bobby Womack. Just listen to the wealth of material that is available on this double CD, that could be recorded with a group of musicians that deeply respect Bobby and that know his songs inside-out (there are enough of them). Bobby contributed so much to albums of e.g. Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, as a singer, songwriter, arranger and guitarist that it would only be fair to shed a new light on his vast talents on an album with close friends that would like to honour him."
Pieter van Everdingen | 09/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These 2 cds have been sitting in my system for over 2 years now...I aint even tired of listening to the brother preach and testify...this is a record that is definetly underrated. If you want to hear the truth about life...pick up the album...Bobby will break it down for you track by track...because Nobody Wants you when your down and out, and when your Across 110th Street...you might just feel some Jealous Love...comin at cha.BOBBY IS THE GREATEST SOUL SINGER OF ALL TIMES!!!!So if your thinking about picking up some Keith Sweat, or Ki ci and Jo JO...DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME...everything you want to hear from love to politics is waiting for you on a Midnight Mover.Great Album man! I must have for collectors of 60's and 70's soul and r&b!!!!"
A must-have for every serious music lover
Pieter van Everdingen | 06/17/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most forgotten soul man of all time. This 44 track double CD covers his best work. Favorit track: Track 10 of CD2: You're Welcome, Stop On By (also covered by Rufus with Chaka Khan: Live Stompin' at The Savoy). Buy this record!!"