Monday, June 20, 2016

Bobby Williams - Anybody Can be a Nobody (Soul US 1976)

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Source: Japan 24-Bit Remaster

Soul/funk LP from 1976 with the incredible crossover soul tune "You need love like I do". 

The cliché says that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but few muster the sincerity of Bobby Williams -- a James Brown acolyte with a style and energy comparable to the Godfather himself, Williams transcends his faux-funk origins with grooves that are undeniably genuine. His second LP, 1976's Anybody Can Be a Nobody, moves past the low-budget grit of his debut Funky Superfly with a sound evoking the silky-smooth sensibilities of Miami funk. 

Williams is more of a singer than a shouter this time around, and while some listeners may miss the gutbucket grooves of his previous disc, the record's maturation and sophistication are convincing.

One of the all time indie funk classics of the 1970's, obscure vocalist Bobby Williams' gave James Brown a run for the money when he released "Funky Super Fly" in 1974. 

The style of the album recalls James Brown at his funkiest, but with a sound that's even grittier featuring a tight horn section and some heavy funk jamming that really gets in the groove and stays there. 

On his second LP, 1976's "Anybody Can Be a Nobody," Williams moves past the grit of "Funky Super Fly" to reveal a more sophisticated style evocative of Curtis Mayfield mixed with the smooth stylings of Miami funk to produce a more mature sound, showing that he can be more of a singer than a shouter. 

Copies of the original LP fetches big bucks on the rare groove collector's market and fans of the album will be delighted to see it make its long overdue debut in the digital realm. All selections newly remastered.

01. Anybody Can Be A Nobody   05:00
02. You Need Love Like I Do  05:09
03. Portrait Of My Stepfather   04:40
04. These Arms Of Mine   04:00
05. Think I'd Better Rest   02:45
06. I Will Sing For You   04:15
07. Drop It On Me   03:32
08. Everybody Needs Love Sometime  05:09



Tommy C said...

Thanks Chris. I don't think I've heard this guy before but am always willing to give some old funk & soul a listen. Sounds like it will be good. Might have to go looking for his first one. That sounds like it should be good too.
Thanks again.

Bob Mac said...

Nice album, many thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Chris!

heartsofstone said...

Thanks for the awesome post!