Editors’ Notes Between 1968 and 1976, Bobby Womack had one of the great winning streaks in R&B history. Not only was he able to maintain a constant presence on the top of the R&B charts, he also progressed artistically while upholding a consistent level of quality. You can’t go wrong with any of the LPs Womack released during this period, but The Soul Years attempts to compile several of the highlights. While the singer started out with gritty-yet-tender straightforward soul of “Midnight Mover,” “I’m In Love” and “How I Miss You Baby,” he gradually delved into the sonic idiosyncrasies of “That’s the Way I Feel About ‘Cha,” “I’m Through Trying to Prove My Love To You” and “Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out.” Even though he scored hits, it never felt like Womack was being forced through the commercial machine the way some of his peers were. He was rare in that he was a guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. His records never feel exactly like anything else that was happening at the time. He shares qualities with Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Sly Stone, but Womack was always his own man.

SONG
Across 110th Street
1
3:44
 
Woman's Gotta Have It
2
3:30
 
I'm a Midnight Mover
3
2:00
 
That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha
4
5:06
 
You're Welcome, Stop On By
5
3:28
 
Lookin' for a Love
6
2:24
 
I'm In Love
7
2:39
 
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
8
2:15
 
Communication (Single Version)
9
3:51
 
Medley: Fact of Life / He'll Be There When the Sun Goes Down
10
6:14
 
Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
11
2:06
 
Harry Hippie
12
3:46
 
I Can Understand It
13
6:29
 
Medley: The Preacher / More Than I Can Stand (Live)
14
6:23
 
I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You
15
3:35
 
It's All Over Now
16
2:44
 
California Dreamin'
17
3:08
 
How I Miss You Baby
18
3:11
 
Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out
19
2:54
 
Daylight
20
3:06
 
Check It Out (Single Edit)
21
2:51
 
Fire and Rain
22
4:15