October 25, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 9: Bobby Womack ~ Understanding

cover photo by Norman Seeff
reel-to-reel box detail
photo of box detail by Styrous®

In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I'm selling. This is an entry about one of them that was for sale on eBay (see link below for others). I have the vinyl LP version as well. Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment. 

Bobby Womack ~ Understanding
cover photo by Norman Seeff
reel-to-reel box front
photo of box front by Styrous®

Understanding was released in 1972; it featured the song, I Can Understand It, a great, at the time, dance song; although, it does sound dated now, it was pre-disco, what we later called funk. I remember dancing to it's infectious beat in dark smokey bars (no mirrored disco balls yet). The song was 6 1/2  minutes, long by the standards of those days and seemed to go on forever.

His cover of the John Lennon, Paul McCartney song, And I Love Her, is a beautiful soul version of the tune.

Near the bottom of this post there are links to the songs mentioned on YouTube so you can hear them for yourself, if you'd like. 

In 2009, Bobby Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

reel-to-reel box back
photo by Styrous®

reel-to-reel box back detail
detail photos by Styrous®

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reel-to-reel label detail
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Track listing:

Side 1:

1. I Can Understand It (Womack) - 6:36
2. Woman's Gotta Have It (Womack, Linda Womack, Darryl Carter) - 3:35
3. And I Love Her (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 2:46
4. Got To Get You Back (Chris Green, Jerry Lynn Williams) - 2:53

Side 2:

1. Simple Man (Womack, Joe Hicks) - 5:58
2. Ruby Dean (Womack, Joe Hicks) - 3:27
3. Thing Called Love (Joe Hicks) - 3:57
4. Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) - 3:13
5. Harry Hippie (Jim Ford) - 3:40


Bobby Womack - vocals, guitar
Jimmy Johnson, Reggie Young, Tippy Armstrong - guitar
David Hood, Mike Leech - bass
Barry Beckett, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons - keyboards
Hayward Bishop, Roger Hawkins - drums, percussion
Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson - saxophone
Harrison Calloway, Jr. - trumpet
Dale Quillen - trombone
Friendly Womack, Jr., Curtis Womack, Harry Womack, Cecil Womack, Janice Singleton, Pam Grier, Patrice Holloway - background vocals

Music links:

I Can Understand It on YouTube
And I Love Her on YouTube

reel-to-reel listings on eBay

more reel-to-reel tapes on the Styrous® Viewfinder:
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Styrous® ~ October 25, 2013


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