Capitol/EMI salutes the career of soul pioneer Bobby Womack with the May 27 CD and digital release of "The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years." On the same day, the label will also make available digitally, for the first time, seven original Womack albums as well as a newly-discovered recording of a 1972 concert at New York's Apollo Theater.

Spanning the '60s and '70s, the best-of collection features such R&B and pop classics as "That’s the Way I Feel About Cha," "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "Lookin' For A Love." The seven albums slated for digital release—drawn from Womack’s label stints with Liberty, Minit and United Artists Records—include "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Prescription," "The Womack Live," "Lookin' For a Love Again," "I Don't Know What the World Is Coming To," "Safety Zone" and "BW Goes C&W." Among the highlights found on the previously-unreleased Apollo performance are an 11-minute version of "California Dreamin'" (a top 20 R&B hit for Womack in 1968) and a cover of the Carpenters' "(They Long To Be) Close to You."

Still recording and performing, the 64-year-old Womack began his career as a gospel singer in the early '50s and toured as a guitarist with mentor Sam Cooke and Ray Charles. As a session player, he has worked with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Sly & the Family Stone and Janis Joplin.

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