December 14, 2012 – 4:34 am

 BOBBY WOMACK R.I.P. 1944-2014

Bobby Womack, the legendary soul singer whose career spanned seven decades, died on June 27, 2014 at age 70. A representative for Womack’s label XL Recordings confirmed the singer has died to Rolling Stone, but said the cause of death was currently unknown. Throughout most of the Eighties, 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, though it was unclear if any of these ailments contributed to his death. Womack was declared cancer-free in 2012. Among his notable albums were The Poet (1981) and The Poet II (1984).

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France Radio and BBC Session 2012 [no label, 1CD]

France Inter Radio FM, November 21, 2012 and BBC Session for Dermot O’Leary show, with Steve Lamacq sitting in for Dermot; November 24, 2012. Excellent FM broadcast.

It’s been around 30 years since The Poet (1981) and The Poet II (1984 - with that slowburn Surprise, Surprise) that Bobby Womack created a splash but that never stopped the soul artist. In June 2012, Womack released his 27th studio album, The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell), and the Guardian newspaper has already listed it at No. 10 Best Album of 2012.

Caspar Llewellyn Smith of the Guardian wrote:

Most affecting of all, however, was Womack’s take on the old spiritual Deep River, on which everything was stripped away, leaving just the singer and his guitar. Here was the definitive proof that “Bad as I been, I can sing my ass off, better than I could before” – and that bad as Bobby might have been, there is still a deep connection that leads from him back to his soul forebears to the gospel roots of this music. For the listener with no religious leanings whatsoever, in his performance there was a reminder of the higher power of music.

Thanks to kingfrippson who recorded the French FM broadcast.
France Inter Radio FM
“Ouvert la nuit” broadcast
FM > Zoom H1 > USB computer > Magix Audio Cleanic > Flac 8

Thanks also to smiler40 who taped the BBC broadcast. Both shows were shared on Dime.
BBC Radio 2 Studios, London, UK
Digital Satellite (prerecorded?) broadcast 2012-11-24 MPEG1 layer 2 48kHz @ 192kbps:
BBC Radio 2 > DVB-S > TBS 6984 > DVBviewer > .ts > VLC (demux) > .mp2 >
MpegSchnitt (trimming) > .mp2. Tags added with Foobar 2000.

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France Inter Radio FM; November 21, 2012 (224 kbps)
Track 01. Deep River (7.1MB)
Track 02. Whatever Happened To The Times (5.5MB)
Track 03. If You Don’t Want My love (Give It Back) (3.9MB)
Track 04. Please Forgive My Heart (7.0MB)
Track 05. The Bravest Man In The Universe (6.5MB)
Track 06. Stupid (9.6MB)
Track 07. Dayglo Reflection (6.3MB)
Track 08. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (8.9MB)
Track 09. Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around) (4.0MB)

BBC Session; November 24, 2012 (192 kbps)
Track 10. Interview (12.4MB)
Track 11. Deep River (3.8MB)
Track 12. Interview (10.8MB)
Track 13. Across 110th Street (2.5MB)
Track 14. Closing Comments (1.4MB)

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  2. rip… an amazing man… soul…

    By g on Jun 28, 2014

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