Whether you love him or hate him, Bobby Womack is one hell of a soul singer. Grown out by his mentor Sam Cooke, Womack became one of the true stylists of his generation, and one of the few with staying power. Only Barry White and the late Curtis Mayfield could make the same claim. This 1996 EMI compilation features 15 tracks from Womack's most creative period, 1970-1975, and features one unreleased demo version of the classic "Across 110th Street." Here is Womack the funk/soul poet digging deep into the longer jams like "I Can Understand It," "Jealous Love," and "Communication," along with his more conventional singles like "Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out," "That's The Way I Feel About Cha," "You're Welcome, Stop On By," and others, all of which charted on both the R&B charts and the pop charts. These tracks are culled form such memorable albums as Understanding, Facts of Life, What the World Is Coming To, Lookin' for a Love Again, Communication, and others. All of them were made with musicians of the caliber of Herbie Hancock, Chuck Rainey, Jimmy Johnson, Leon Ware, Wah Wah Watson, Willie Weeks, and singers like Pam Grier (really, that one), the Pointer Sisters, Bill Withers, and many more. Such is the depth of this compilation, listeners will be tempted to play it twice just to believe what they just heard. The tunes groove, shimmy, streak, sway, and pump along, one after another, in a blissfully funky mix that kicks ass on most soul comps by various artists from the same era.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek