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Just as I Am/Still Bill

  • 1. Harlem
    2. Ain't No Sunshine
    3. Grandma's Hands
    4. Sweet Wanomi
    5. Everybody's Talkin'
    6. Do It Good
    7. Hope She'll Be Happier
    8. Let It Be
    9. I'm Her Daddy
    10. In My Heart
    11. Moanin' and Groanin'
    12. Better Off Dead
    13. Lonely Town, Lonely Street
    14. Let Me in Your Life
    15. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?
    16. Use Me
    17. Lean on Me
    18. Kissin' My Love
    19. I Don't Know
    20. Another Day to Run
    21. I Don't Want You on My Mind
    22. Take It All in and Check It All Out
    23. Better Days - (bonus track, from ""Man And Boy"")
    24. It's All Over Now - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 160

  • Credits
    ProducerBooker T. Jones

    2 LPs on 1 CD: JUST AS I AM (1971)/STILL BILL (1972).
    Personnel includes: Bill Withers, Bobby Womack (vocals); Stephen Stills (guitar); Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson Jr. (drums).
    Bill Withers' first two albums were arguably his best works, his most personal and unaffected music with a distinctive sound by virtue of their lean production, especially his debut, Just As I Am. At the turn of the 1960s into the 1970s, he was a unique presence, as we're reminded by this Raven Records two-LP-on-one-CD package. Withers' first album is otherwise unavailable on CD, and the mastering here brings the audio quality up dramatically, making the listening experience close and intimate, almost like a private studio performance. Withers' songs are so personal that they only gain intensity from this treatment -- not just the original songs, such as "Ain't No Sunshine" or "Grandma's Hands," but even his cover of "Let It Be." The only real decision that fans will have to make concerns his second album, Still Bill, which is available in the United States with two live bonus tracks; for anyone owning this disc, buying Sony's domestic release of that album may prove superfluous. As an added enticement, Raven has also included bonus tracks of "Better Days," from the soundtrack to the movie Man and Boy, and a version of "It's All Over Now," by Withers and Bobby Womack. ~ Bruce Eder

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (2/04, p.87) - 5 stars out of 5 - "The production is taut and simple, Withers' gorgeous, woody voice deceptively casual in delivery."
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