Quad LP/Tape Poll Womack, Bobby: Facts of Life [Q8]


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Rate the Q8 of Bobby Womack - Facts of Life

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Released in stereo in June, 1973, and then in quad in October of that year as part of U/A's initial batch of Q8 releases, Facts of Life made it to #6 on the Billboard R&B albums chart and yielded the #2 R&B hit single Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out.

As with most other U/A quad issues (more info on the label's quad output here) Facts of Life was a Q8-only release. In the US, the original issues were in a white cartridge, with subsequent reissues in black shells, with no notable difference between the two. Canadian releases are in a gold "RCA-style" shell and were manufactured by Cinram - the original issues of the Canadian tape were not Dolby-encoded, but sometime in mid-1974 Cinram began issuing Dolby-encoded versions, which have the Dolby logo on the cartridge artwork below the album title. Both Canadian issues are far superior to the US versions sound-wise - the US-duplicated U/A tapes are amongst the worst sounding Q8s ever issued, oversaturated to the point of distortion and with high frequency response beginning to drop off somewhere between 6 and 8 kHz. The Canadian issues, by comparison (especially the Dolby-encoded tapes) are some of the finest issued, on par with the best Dolby-encoded CBS tapes, with frequency response well beyond 12kHz.


United Artists UA-DA043-H [Q8]
Discogs link: US Q8 [White Shell]
Wiki page for the album: Facts of Life

Side 1:
  1. Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out
  2. I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You
  3. Medley: Holdin' to My Baby's Love / Nobody
  4. The Look of Love
  5. All Along the Watchtower
Side 2:
  1. If You Can't Give Her Love, Give Her Up
  2. That's Heaven to Me
  3. Medley: Facts of Life / He'll Be There When the Sun Goes Down
  4. Can't Stop a Man in Love
  5. Natural Man
(Note that the Q8 running order is altered compared to the stereo LP - two tracks from each side are swapped to even out the playing time)