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Bremen 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Moments, Bremen, Germany; March 6, 1988. Very good FM broadcast.

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack’s career spanned seven decades. Unfortunately, throughout most of the ’80s, the singer struggled with drug addiction, eventually checking himself into a rehabilitation center for treatment. A series of health problems would follow, including diabetes, pneumonia, colon cancer and the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Womack was declared cancer-free in 2012. Among his notable albums were The Poet (1981) and The Poet II (1984). He passed away in 2014 at the age of 70.

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Thanks to Tomyoungster; and to gjfatty for sharing the show, which was broadcast on December 18, 2012, at Dime.

Thanks also to m55tyn for sharing re-broadcast (July 1, 2014) at Dime.

gjfatty noted:

As with many radio broadcasts, songs get cut out if the concert is too long to fit within time constraints. The 2012 broadcast featured six tracks (25:31) which were not included in the 2014 rebroadcast:
- Fly Me To The Moon
- Living In The World
- (You’re Welcome) Stop On By
- Harry Hippie
- It’s All Over Now
- I Wanna Make Love To You

However, the re-broadcast included seven tracks not featured in the 2012 broadcast:
- That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha
- What A Wonderful World
- That’s Where It’s At
- Having A Party
- Love Has Finally Come At Last
- Lookin’ For A Love
- If You Think You’re Lonely

Both broadcasts were recorded and uploaded by Tomyoungster, so all thanks go to him! My research into the running order of the tracks came to nothing, so it would be welcome if anyone can offer suggestions for fitting the two together. The sound quality of both broadcasts is excellent and it would be great to hear the show as it really was. Even if we can piece together the entire show it seems we are still missing the endings of I Wanna Make Love To You (faded at 3:56) and If You Think You’re Lonely (faded at 32 seconds). Sadly we won’t see or hear his like again.

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FM (analog cable) - Audacity - xACT
2012: Nordwestradio, Globale Dorfmusik Live
2014: Nordwestradio in concert: Pop & Jazz

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Track 01. The Things We Do (Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford) 4:02 (9.7MB)
Track 02. Nobody Wants You When You Are Down And Out (Jimmy Cox) 2:00 (4.8MB)
Track 03. Daylight (Bobby Womack) 4:08 (9.9MB)
Track 04. Woman’s Gotta Have It (Bobby Womack, Linda Womack, D Carter) 2:53 (6.9MB)
Track 05. Inherit The Wind (Wilton Lewis Felder, Wilton Felder Jr, Derrell Ray Nix) 7:58 (19.1MB)
Track 06. Only Survivor (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack) 2:55 (7.0MB)
Track 07. Breezin’ (Bobby Womack) 2:21 (5.7MB)
Track 08. Surprise Surprise (Bobby Womack, Jim Ford) 2:28 (5.9MB)
Track 09. Fly Me To The Moon (Bart Howard, D Roth) 2:42 (6.5MB)
Track 10. Living In The World (NN) 4:49 (11.6MB)
Track 11. (You’re Welcome) Stop On By (Bobby Womack, Trumann Thomas) 1:07 (2.7MB)
Track 12. Harry Hippie (Jim Ford) 8:09 (19.5MB)
Track 13. It’s All Over Now (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) 4:50 (11.6MB)
Track 14. I Wanna Make Love To You (Larry Lynn Williams) 3:56 (9.5MB)

Included in the 2014 re-broadcast:
Track 15. That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha (Bobby Womack, Joe Hicks, John Grisby) 2:53 (6.9MB)
Track 16. What A Wonderful World (Herb Albert, Lou Adler, Sam Cooke) 2:01 (4.8MB)
Track 17. That’s Where It’s At (Sam Cooke, James W Alexander) 2:06 (5.0MB)
Track 18. Having A Party (Sam Cooke) 1:47 (4.3MB)
Track 19. Love Has Finally Come At Last (Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten) 11:44 (28.2MB)
Track 20. Lookin’ For A Love (James Woodie Alexander, Zelda Samuels) 6:29 (15.6MB)
Track 21. If You Think You’re Lonely (Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten, Richard Griffin) (fades out) 0:33 (1.3MB)
82 mins

Overburn to fit all the tracks onto an audio CD.

Probable lineup:
Bobby Womack - guitar, vocals
Courtney Sappington - guitar
David Shields - bass
Frank ‘Rusty’ Hamilton - keyboards
Gill Johnson - keyboards
Arnold Ramsey - drums
Fernando Harkless - trombone
Fernando Womack - saxophone
Louise Baranger - trumpet
Roy Weagan - trumpet
Kenny Gray - trumpet
Tony Flores - percussion
Friendly Womack - backing vocals
Alltrinna Grayson - backing vocals

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  1. 3 Responses to “BOBBY WOMACK - BREMEN 1988”

  2. Thanks for this. VERY underrated singer/songwriter who links Sam Cooke and the Gorillaz. Yet surprised he did not do one of his biggest hits, “Across 110th Street,” which is one of his most played tunes on Spotify.

    By Tony Pizza on Nov 30, 2016

  3. Thanks, Big O! I agree with you Tony–he deserves more attention, and not just because of “110th Street” or the fact that he attended Sam Cooke’s funeral wearing one of Sam’s suits. I liked his duet with Van Morrison (”Some Peace of Mind”) from a few years ago.

    By Eric (the other Eric) on Dec 1, 2016

  4. Given the paucity of B.W. boots, practically anything is manna from on high–sequenced or not.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    By La Piazza Gancio on Dec 1, 2016

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