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The Best of Bill Withers: Lovely Day

  • 1. Lovely Day
    2. Just The Two Of Us
    3. Use Me
    4. Kissing My Love
    5. Harlem/Cold Baloney
    6. Lonely Town Lonely Street
    7. Ain't No Sunshine
    8. Who Is He (And What Is He To You)
    9. Sweet Wanomi
    10. I Don't Want You On My Mind
    11. Same Love That Made Me Laugh, The
    12. I Don't Know
    13. Grandma's Hands
    14. Better Off Dead
    15. Take It All In And Check It All Out
    16. I Want To Spend The Night
    17. Hello Like Before
    18. Hope She'll Be Happier
    19. Lean On Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4919612

  • Credits

    A highlight within Sony's already impressive Bill Withers reissue campaign was this, a 20-track collection that spanned the singer's full Sussex and Columbia careers, to illustrate just what a broad range of material he was producing in his prime. The big hits ("Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," "Lovely Day") are dispensed with very early on. From there, the album ranges through the full range of Withers' catalog, hitting all the expected highlights -- and if the lion's share of material comes from the first two albums and 1977's Menagerie, then that's only to be expected. But 1985's generally overlooked Watching You Watching Me at least turns in its excellent title track, and there are some fine moments from Making Music as well. Of course, a mere "best-of" is no substitute for the full Withers experience, but anyone seeking a well-rounded introduction to the man, or fans who just want something to spin in the car, will find Lovely Day an indispensable summary. ~ Dave Thompson

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