Terre Harte II wrote:Similar title, different vibe.
From the “Across 110th Street” soundtrack. A great album through and through.
I disagree with that. It's probably one of Womack's poorest albums of the seventies, imo. [Even Bobby admitted it.]
It came out after Understanding  but before the official follow-up, Facts Of Life , and only happened at all because his manager landed him a soundtrack deal on the movie. Basically, Bobby fancied a bit of 'blaxploitation' movie soundtrack action after watching Isaac Hayes [Shaft], Curtis Mayfield [Superfly] and Marvin Gaye [Trouble Man] take soul guys into the Hollywood sphere. He chucked it together inside a couple of weeks, relying heavily on the fact that orchestra leader/arranger JJ Johnson had already done a lot of the groundwork for him, which explains why there are only three new songs by Bobby. The title track is great, obviously, but Hang On In There and Do It Right are below average Womack jams [probably left unused from either Understanding or Facts Of Life. The song you picked, If You Don't Want My Love, had already appeared on his Communication album back in 1971: the soundtrack version is just more laid back, but essentially the same. Yeah, it's great, but it's an old tune re-used and not much re-worked. Most of the rest of the album is JJ Johnson and his orchestra, and actually fuck all to do with Womack. He wasn't even there when it was recorded.
Sorry for going on about it. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion as to its quality. It's just that the whole 110th Street thing has become a bugbear for most long-serving Womack fans. Yes, the title song is ace and it was great to see it revived by Jackie Brown [so lots of new people discovered him], but as an album, it's really a bit of a cheat, assembled in a rush, mostly performed by someone else and featuring only one good new song. It's nowhere near as strong as his other seventies studio albums, like Communication, Understanding, Facts Of Life and, perhaps best of all, Looking For A Love Again. So I guess, if you haven't heard them and you think 110th Street is good, maybe have a listen? Up to you mate. I'm just the board's resident Womack bore, is all.