Bobby WomackUnderstanding

Label:United Artists Records – UAS-5577
Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Press
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Rhythm & Blues, Soul


A1I Can Understand It
Written-ByBobby Womack
A2Woman's Gotta Have It
Written ByBobby Womack/Linda Womack/Darryl Carter
A3And I Love Her2:40
A4Got To Get You Back
Written-ByJimmy Lewis
B1Simple Man
Written ByBobby Womack/Joe Hicks
Written-ByBobby Womack, Joe Hicks
B2Ruby Dean
Written ByBobby Womack/Joe Hicks
Written-ByBobby Womack, Joe Hicks
B3Thing Called Love
Written ByE. Wright/Joe Hicks
Written-ByE. Wright*, Joe Hicks
B4Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
Written-ByNeil Diamond
B5Harry Hippie
Written-ByJim Ford

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Also available on United Artists stereo-tape.

The reissue from 2007 has a copyright info on the flipside of the cover which you cannot find on the original release:

"This record has been made available through a special licensing agreement directly with Bobby Womack Artists LTD."

States "0598" on the label spine near the lower corner.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: 0598
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): UAS 5577-A-1 T V
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): UAS 5577-B-1 T
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched both sides runout): T

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Understanding (LP, Album)United Artists RecordsUAS 29365UK1972
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Understanding (LP, Album)United Artists RecordsUAS 29365Italy1972
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Understanding (LP, Album, Stereo)United Artists RecordsUAS 29 365 IGermany1972
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Understanding (8-Track Cartridge, )United Artists RecordsU-8381US1972
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Understanding (LP, Album)United Artists RecordsUAS 5577Canada1972


  • brandosoul's avatar
    Edited 10 months ago
    There's no question Bobby Womack was at the peak of his powers by the release of this 1972 classic, his fourth album, Understanding. Recorded during the same seven-day sessions at Memphis' long-defunct American Sound and Alabama's famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio that helped usher his stellar 1971 classic, Communication, Womack hit his mighty stride with this album, combining southern soul styles with stony funk-rock and a dash of pop. A little bit of everything that made Bobby a legend in the soul universe is showcased on this lean, mean jewel: he lets loose on the funk with the album's lead single, "I Can Understand It" and "Simple Man," schools the guys on the importance of keeping a good woman on the irresistible "Woman's Gotta Have It" (his first #1 R&B smash), and shows concern for his troubled brother, the late Harry Womack on the melancholy, semi-autobiographical, "Harry Hippie." One of the remarkable aspects of Womack's artistry was how well he covered pop classics and made them into his own. On this album, he sharpened his interpretive mastery, demonstrating his love for country music with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and cleverly interpolating the chorus of Johnny Darrell's "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town" for "Ruby Dean," a deep-fried, country blues-soul hybrid about a mother's harrowing neglect of her family. He strips the sweetness from the Beatles' "And I Love Her" and gives it a hauntingly beautiful southern slow-burn. Essential and eternal all at once.
    • rdrxscm's avatar
      My LP would need a deep clean but the cover is so nice. The back cover is nicer with the reflective shades - similar to the sunglasses that is on-trend right now.



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