- Released: May 26, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Capitol
Spin - p.104
"His southpaw, upside-down guitar style influenced Hendrix; he played behind Aretha, Elvis, and Sly Stone; and had songs covered by the Rolling Stones."
- 1.Across 110th Street
- 2.Woman's Gotta Have It
- 3.I'm a Midnight Mover
- 4.That's the Way I Feel About Cha
- 5.You're Welcome, Stop on By
- 6.Lookin' for a Love
- 7.I'm in Love
- 8.I Left My Heart in San Francisco
- 10.Fact of Life / He'll Be There When the Sun Goes Down
- 11.Fly Me to the Moon
- 12.Harry Hippie
- 13.I Can Understand It
- 14.Preacher, Pt. 2/More Than I Can Stand, The - (live)
- 15.I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You
- 16.It's All Over Now
- 17.California Dreamin'
- 18.How I Miss You Baby
- 19.Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out
- 21.Check It Out
- 22.Fire and Rain
Audio Remasterer: David McEowen.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Photographers: Norman Seeff; Al Vandenberg.
The title may be slightly confusing--ALL of Bobby Womack's years were "soul years"--but this collection hits all the highlights of Womack's 1960s and '70s work. That's a tall order, but from the classic, funky blaxploitation film theme "Across 110th Street" to the soulful stroll of "Harry Hippie" and the Curtis Mayfield-goes-sunshine pop take on the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," THE BEST OF BOBBY WOMACK: THE SOUL YEARS does an excellent job of capturing the man's many moods.