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Bobby Womack first came to prominence in the in the 1950s as part of The Womack Brothers, a gospel group that was comprised of siblings Cecil, Harry, Curtis and Friendly. Impressed with the group, Sam Cooke encouraged them to come to Los Angeles where he signed them to his SAR label. Making the transition from gospel to R&B, they recorded as The Valentinos, ultimately hitting with ... Read more in Amazon's Bobby Womack Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • ASIN: B007PAAO0Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Bravest Man In The Universe
2. Please Forgive My Heart
3. Deep River
4. Dayglo Reflection (feat. Lana Del Rey)
5. Whatever Happened To The Times
6. Stupid
7. If There Wasn't Something There
8. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
9. Nothin' Can Save Ya (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)
10. Jubilee (Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around)

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Co-produced by Damon Albarn and XL s Richard Russell, The Bravest Man In The Universe was recorded at Albarn's Studio 13 in west London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. It's Bobby Womack's first album of original material since 1994's Resurrection. The album features vocal contributions from Fatoumata Diawara and Lana Del Rey.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Archie Grimwald on 14 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Being a long standing die-hard Womack fan the man seldom does wrong in the vocals department despite some occasional dodgy production work on his previous few releases which where some years back now.I had already enjoyed the Gorillaz before Damon embraced Bobby Womack into the fold and I particularly enjoyed the Plastic Beach album for its sheer originality as well as the inclusion of Mr. Womack amongst other guest acts.

Anyway this album has just dropped on my door step and I am writing this review giving my initial impression of the album. Rest assured that Bobby's vocals, despite his mature status are well on form and I must say I think as good as ever. The first track, The Bravest Man In The Universe confirms this immediately.What Mr. Albarn (and Richard Russel)have cleverly done here is showcase the vocals with some typical Gorillaz style studio wizardry. A modern bass rich, dance beat, electronic platform for a revival of the greatest soul singer ever.It all works very well in my opinion and I am sure all parties are extremely happy with the result of their efforts.Listen to wonderful ballad 'Please Forgive My Heart' (Track 2)and the great vocals/acoustic guitar on track 3 (Deep River) and Lana Del Ray adding a haunting quality to track 4 which of all tracks I think would make an interesting remix project with the beats maybe toned down a bit. I stillfind myself slightly longing for more tracks like Deep River by track 9 but I think that is probably my yearning to hear Bobby and his guitar in a more traditional soul setting which I love. Comparisons with the last Gil-Scott Heron album are obvious and I would also anticipate a re-mix album also being on the table if this album shifts enough volumes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thompson on 7 Dec. 2012
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It has been a great period for wonderful albums from old hands. Bob Dylan has done it, so has Leonard Cohen... now comes this wonder from Womack, one of my best purchases this year. Five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Abela on 30 Dec. 2012
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It's a very mellow album not what you would expect from Womack but it grows with listening. Worth buying for track 4 alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alaine shaw on 30 May 2013
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Bobby Womack makes good music, a sound album with great tracks, the man is on form, this album is bobby at his finest
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Bellchambers on 24 Jun. 2012
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Bobby Womack will be as surprised as anyone to have out lasted many of his fast living peers. Along the way he has crafted some of the most wonderous, beautifull soul music ever produced. This is the first album since his 1999 gospel effort - Back To My Roots. While he has earnt the right to collaborate with whoever he choses, I was more than disappointed with this Damon Albarn produced effort. The arrangements are often sparse, consisting of piano and acoustic guitar, but elsewhere there is over heavy bass and aggravating electronic percussion and other effects. There is a total absence of Bobby's signature guitar chops. The songs are plodding in tempo and lack melody.

I can only wish him well in his battle against illness and admire him for continuing to tour. For me, I would like to have seen one last soul album from the Last Soul Man, or perhaps we can have Poet 1 & 2 remastered with alternative mixes from the sessions. That is what this soul fan would have preferred.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CMOT Dibbler on 27 April 2013
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Bobby has never sounded better. This album covers years of output and provides you with the quintessential sound that is BW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By claire woodcock on 15 April 2013
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It was in perfect condition and lovely to listen to, great album at a great price Bobby Womacks return after 20 years and the track please forgive my heart abosolutely fantastic with the band Gorillas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJS on 13 April 2013
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If you only buy one album/cd this year - make it this one. Then buy it for all your friends as a gift and recommend it to anyone else you meet.
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