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    Bobby Womack "The Poet" and "The Poet II" remasters (ABKCO) 3/19/2021

    Newly remastered from the original tapes, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial release of The Poet, the Bobby Womack album that served to relaunch his career and established him as a renewed force to be reckoned with in R&B in the 1980s. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.

    Tracklist
    1. So Many Sides Of You
    2. Lay Your Lovin’ On Me
    3. Secrets
    4. Just My Imagination
    5. Stand Up
    6. Games
    7. If You Think You’re Lonely Now
    8. Where Do We Go From Here

    Amazon US
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VYLFMBK/?tag=imwan-20


    Newly remastered from the original tapes, this reissue features Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Wilton Felder. As with its predecessor, The Poet II found both commercial & critical success on both sides of the Atlantic with the UK's NME naming it Best Album of 1984. Among the album's highlights are 3 duets w/ LaBelle including "Love Has Finally Come At Last" which was a presence on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for 17 weeks, ultimately rising to #3. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.


    Tracklist
    1. Love Has Finally Come At Last
    2. It Takes A Lot Of Strength To Say Goodbye
    3. Through The Eyes Of A Child
    4. Surprise, Surprise
    5. Tryin’ To Get Over You
    6. Tell Me Why
    7. Who’s Foolin’ Who
    8. I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To
    9. American Dream

    Amazon US
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VXKYGHS/?tag=imwan-20


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    This is nice, and surprising news! I don't have these great releases on CD and will order today. (I do have my original lps!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    This is nice, and surprising news! I don't have these great releases on CD and will order today. (I do have my original lps!)
    There was an excellent package released in the UK that included both Poet albums as well as a Poet 3 disc which as i recall contained bonus material from the original sessions. I think i have it somewhere in my loft. It was a great value pàckage.
    However, if you did not obtain that collection these releases will be most welcome for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    There was an excellent package released in the UK that included both Poet albums as well as a Poet 3 disc which as i recall contained bonus material from the original sessions. I think i have it somewhere in my loft. It was a great value pàckage.
    However, if you did not obtain that collection these releases will be most welcome for you.
    I think it was Charley that issued a nice batch of Womack 2-/3-fers. I did manage to snare some of those but the Poet set escaped me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    I think it was Charley that issued a nice batch of Womack 2-/3-fers. I did manage to snare some of those but the Poet set escaped me.
    I think they were the 60's and early 70's albums. The Poet reisssues came a few years later as i recall.

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    Bluebrock: this is the one.
    Tracklist

    The Poet (CPCD 8054)
    1 So Many Sides Of You 3:44
    2 Lay Your Lovin' On Me 4:02
    3 Secrets 3:52
    4 Just My Imagination 5:05
    5 Stand Up 3:30
    6 Games 6:51
    7 If You Think You're Lonely 5:30
    8 Where Do We Go From Here 6:40
    The Poet II (CPCD 8055)
    1 Lova Has Finally Come At Last 5:34
    2 It Takes A Lot Of Strenght To Say Goodbye 3:49
    3 Through The Eyes Of A Child 5:13
    4 Surprise, Surprise 3:36
    5 Tryin' To Get Over You 4:12
    6 Tell Me Why 6:02
    7 Who's Foolin' Who 4:02
    8 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:45
    9 American Dream 4:40
    The Poet III (CPCD 8091)
    1 I'm So Proud 4:59
    2 Someday We'll All Be Free 6:18
    3 Gifted One 4:25
    4 Falling In Love Again 5:23
    5 Searching For My Love 3:42
    6 In Over My Heart 3:47
    7 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:40

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack020 View Post
    Bluebrock: this is the one.
    Tracklist

    The Poet (CPCD 8054)
    1 So Many Sides Of You 3:44
    2 Lay Your Lovin' On Me 4:02
    3 Secrets 3:52
    4 Just My Imagination 5:05
    5 Stand Up 3:30
    6 Games 6:51
    7 If You Think You're Lonely 5:30
    8 Where Do We Go From Here 6:40
    The Poet II (CPCD 8055)
    1 Lova Has Finally Come At Last 5:34
    2 It Takes A Lot Of Strenght To Say Goodbye 3:49
    3 Through The Eyes Of A Child 5:13
    4 Surprise, Surprise 3:36
    5 Tryin' To Get Over You 4:12
    6 Tell Me Why 6:02
    7 Who's Foolin' Who 4:02
    8 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:45
    9 American Dream 4:40
    The Poet III (CPCD 8091)
    1 I'm So Proud 4:59
    2 Someday We'll All Be Free 6:18
    3 Gifted One 4:25
    4 Falling In Love Again 5:23
    5 Searching For My Love 3:42
    6 In Over My Heart 3:47
    7 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:40

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    Yes, the Charly label - wish I had gotten a copy

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    That 3rd cd is can be found as a standalone cd:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Yes, the Charly label - wish I had gotten a copy
    I wish you had too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack020 View Post
    Bluebrock: this is the one.
    Tracklist

    The Poet (CPCD 8054)
    1 So Many Sides Of You 3:44
    2 Lay Your Lovin' On Me 4:02
    3 Secrets 3:52
    4 Just My Imagination 5:05
    5 Stand Up 3:30
    6 Games 6:51
    7 If You Think You're Lonely 5:30
    8 Where Do We Go From Here 6:40
    The Poet II (CPCD 8055)
    1 Lova Has Finally Come At Last 5:34
    2 It Takes A Lot Of Strenght To Say Goodbye 3:49
    3 Through The Eyes Of A Child 5:13
    4 Surprise, Surprise 3:36
    5 Tryin' To Get Over You 4:12
    6 Tell Me Why 6:02
    7 Who's Foolin' Who 4:02
    8 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:45
    9 American Dream 4:40
    The Poet III (CPCD 8091)
    1 I'm So Proud 4:59
    2 Someday We'll All Be Free 6:18
    3 Gifted One 4:25
    4 Falling In Love Again 5:23
    5 Searching For My Love 3:42
    6 In Over My Heart 3:47
    7 I Wish I Had Someone To Go Home To 3:40

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    Yes. That's the one. A quality release for sure.

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    Was the album always called the Poet III elsewhere? I know I have this album under the name "Someday We'll All Be Free" here in the US.

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    sidebar:

    I love the story of how Patti Labelle was released (dropped) by the PI label and then the chart and radio success of "The Best Is Yet To Come" and "Love Has Finally Come At Last" as well as "If You Only Knew" made her a hot property without a record deal.

    Bobby Womack was one of my mother's favorites. I always think of her when I hear his music.

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    Guy, I did not know that about Patti. I alway thought because of those songs that is how she got her PI deal. That's interesting.

    That is great you think of your Mom when you hear his music! Wish I knew my Mom's favorites. Now I feel like a bad son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano View Post
    Guy, I did not know that about Patti. I alway thought because of those songs that is how she got her PI deal. That's interesting.

    That is great you think of your Mom when you hear his music! Wish I knew my Mom's favorites. Now I feel like a bad son.
    Yep! Those back-to-back hits made Patti a hot property untethered to a record label and she got snatched up by MCA Records -- a huge label building its R&B/Soul/Urban music division -- for a "real money" deal. Those hits from the 'Beverly Hills Cop' soundtrack "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" followed. Then she got her first solo No. 1 pop hit ("On My Own") and her only No.1 album ( "Winner In You"). Patti became Queen of the World for a few shining moments -- film, TV and sellout shows. I would say she made most of her net worth during that period and it was sweeter because she had to work hard, with little for decades to get to that point. A real Cinderella story.

    Luciano, my mother's BW favorite was "Daylight." I always feel a twinge of nostalgia when I hear that or "Woman's Gotta Have It", "Across 110th Street" or "If You Think You're Lonely Now." I inherited my love of music from my parents. I wouldn't know anything that came out before 1980 if not for them.

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