What a fantastic collection of songs this is from one of soul music's greats.
Released way back in 1984, this was the follow up to Bobby Womack's critically acclaimed `The Poet' which was a comeback hit. It still sounds fresh and has not dated one bit.
The first three songs; `Love has finally come at last', `"It takes a lot of strength to say goodbye', and `Through the eyes of a child' feature Patti Labelle providing some outstanding vocals. `Through the eyes of a child' in particular features some great jazz guitar by George Benson, a gospel feel, and lots of great sax.
`Surprise surprise' is a tender semi do wop ballad, with some great harmonica.
The next three songs are upbeat dance numbers; `Trying to get over you', the funky `Tell me why', and `Who's foolin' who' (where Bobby sounds like he's having a great time, and features a great sax solo).
`I wish I had someone to go home to', is a great ballad with Womack lamenting his loneliness, and wanting more than just a one night stand. Wicked guitar playing, and delicate backing vocals.
Closing track `American Dream' is an awesome, soulful ballad that samples Martin Luther king Jr's famous `I have a dream' speech. His vocals are really amazing. This is my absolutely favourite track.
There are two bonus tracks, re-recorded specially for this reissue; An acoustic version of the ballad `Surprise surprise', and a slowed down acoustic version of `Trying to get over you' which is an interesting alternate take on the original. His raspy voice seems to have dulled a wee bit though, and dropped an octave or two.
The CD has great new liner notes and photos, giving a brief overview of Bobby Womack's impressive career. A lesson in music for our soul singers of today.