Uncovering the Magic: Exploring Bobby Womack's The Poet II Album

Mar 22, 2024By Neil Greaves
Neil Greaves

The Poet II is the fourteenth studio album by American musician Bobby Womack. The album was released in 1984, by Beverly Glen Music.

The album features three duets with fellow soul legend Patti LaBelle, including the top three R&B charted ballad, "Love Has Finally Come At Last", and the more modest follow-up, "It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye".

It also includes the top 75 UK dance hit, "Tell Me Why". The UK music magazine NME named it the best album of 1984.

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The Sound of Soul

Womack's soulful voice has a way of reaching deep into the hearts of listeners, evoking a range of emotions with each note. His ability to infuse raw emotion into his music sets him apart as a true soul legend.

The Poet II is a testament to Womack's enduring talent and creativity. The album's rich soundscapes and poignant lyrics resonate with audiences of all ages, making it a timeless classic in the world of soul music.


The Collaborations

One of the standout features of The Poet II is the collaborations with other music icons. From duets with Patti LaBelle to powerful ballads featuring George Benson, the album is a showcase of musical talent at its finest.

These collaborations add depth and dimension to the album, elevating it to new heights of musical excellence. Each guest artist brings their own unique style to the mix, creating a truly unforgettable listening experience.

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The Legacy

Decades after its release, The Poet II continues to inspire and influence musicians around the world. Its timeless sound and powerful lyrics serve as a reminder of Bobby Womack's enduring impact on the world of music.

Whether you're a longtime fan of Womack's music or discovering it for the first time, The Poet II is a must-listen album that will leave you mesmerized by its magic.

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The Poet II track listing

Love Has Finally Come at Last
It Takes A Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye
Through The Eyes of a Child
Surprise, Surprise
Tryin’ To Get Over You
Tell Me Why
Who’s Foolin’ Who
I Wish I Had Someone to Go Home To
American Dream

People think you have to go through a lot of changes to become a soul singer, You just have to go through life.

Bobby Womack.