Bobby Womack

Best of Bobby Womack [Collectables]

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Originally released in 1992 on CEMA Special Markets and reissued in 2003 (with a different cover) by Collectables, this ten-track collection features some of Womack's best material -- like his dramatic take on the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," the social commentary of "Harry Hippie," and the low-key funk of "Looking for Love" -- and delivers it at a budget price. Unfortunately, any Bobby Womack collection that does not feature "Across 110th Street" is fatally flawed, as that is his best track. It also skips essentials like the searing "What Is This?" and "It's All Over Now." Anyone who wants to get a true picture of Womack's talent needs to invest in a collection that includes the songs that made him a soul legend. This isn't it.

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