Soul Sensation Live is the second live album released by the great soul singer Bobby Womack. It was recorded in London in 1991.
Bobby Womack Soul Sensation Live – overall rating 27/30
Set List – 8/10
Intro: Womack’s Groove – 1:26
Baby I’m Back – 3:09
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – 2:08 (Facts Of Life)
Daylight – 1:04 (1976 single)
Woman’s Gotta Have It – 4:47 (Understanding)
That’s the Way I Feel About Cha – 3:46 (Communication)
Inherit the Wind – 8:15
If You Think You’re Lonely Now – 1:59 (The Poet)
A World Where No One Cries – 4:43
Ain’t Nothing Like the Loving We Got – 3:27
Trying to Get Over You – 15:04 (The Poet 2)
I Wanna Make Love to You – 5:51
It’s All Over Now – 2:04
When the Weekend Comes – 4:51
No Matter How High I Get – 5:15
How Can It Be? – 5:33
There are some really good songs on Soul Sensation Live but, sadly, there are plenty of my favourites that are missing. I’d have liked to have seen much more from The Poet and The Poet 2 and one of his most famous songs Across 110th Street is also missing.
I’ve read that this was originally released as a double vinyl album and it has been trimmed to fit it onto one CD. This is a terrible waste.
Performance – 10/10
Bobby Womack is in great form on this album. I’ve always thought that he has a terrific voice for a soul singer that can cover so many different emotions and switch quickly from one to another. It’s rough and coarse, soft and gentle. It’s not silky smooth like, for example, Marvin Gaye.
He also has a really good, tight band that provides excellent funky support.
Here is a video sample of If You Think You’re Lonely Now.
That’s so good we’ll have another. This is next one is Woman’s Gotta Have It.
And another, It’s All Over Now
Atmosphere & Authenticity – 9/10
Bobby Womack works the crowd and his band hard in the live performance. It sounds as if the performance is recoded in a small, intimate venue. I’ve read it’s the Hackney Empire in London which I guess isn’t too big.
Like bluesmen and singer songwriters, it feels to me that it doesn’t matter that this is recorded some years after Bobby Womack was at his peak. His added experience comes come in the gravitas of his voice.
You do have to be a little careful of turning the sound down too much. The grooves make good background music but that’s a terrible waste.
Bobby Womack Soul Sensation Live Overall Rating – 27/30
I think this is a terrific live soul album and recommend it to you very highly.
It could be even better with the missing songs added back.
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