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Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971/2015) [HDTracks]

5-08-2015, 13:15
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Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971/2015) [HDTracks]

Artist: Bill Withers
Title Of Album: Just as I Am
Year Of Release: 2015 (1971)
Label: Columbia Records
Country: USA
Genre: Soul, Smooth Soul, R&B, Pop
Quality: FLAC (tracks, front)
Bitrate: Lossless [24Bit/96kHz]
Time: 35:58
Full Size: 793 MB

One of the sacred texts of 1970s R&B (not to mention '70s pop), „Just As I Am“ goes toe to toe with „Still Bill“ for the lofty position of being Bill Withers's best album. It features Withers's unique blend of pop, gospel, and soul, filtered through an acoustic-guitar-based singer/songwriter sensibility. The two big hits (the lovelorn 'Ain't No Sunshine' and the bittersweet, nostalgic 'Grandma's Hands') are staggering enough, but between striking reinventions of others' material (folkie Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin',' the Beatles' 'Let it Be') and lesser-known songs that nearly equal the smashes, „Just As I Am“ is incredibly consistent, and captivating from beginning to end. Stack this one up alongside any classic Stevie or Marvin album as one of the milestones of the era.

'Just As I Am is still wonderful sun-kissed California soul, highlighted by the heartbreaking 'Ain't No Sunshine' and the thumbnail portrait 'Harlem'.' (Entertainment Weekly)

After the record was made, it took the visionary error of some DJ playing the B-side to “Harlem” a slow tune called “Ain’t No Sunshine” to make people really pay attention. There are many great records, there are even many great albums, but few have had the effect of Withers’ Just As I Am, which seemed to remind a whole generation just what it was supposed to be about.


01. Harlem (3:25)
02. Ain't No Sunshine (2:06)
03. Grandma's Hands (2:03)
04. Sweet Wanomi (2:35)
05. Everybody's Talkin' (3:28)
06. Do It Good (2:54)
07. Hope She'll Be Happier (3:51)
08. Let It Be (2:39)
09. I'm Her Daddy (3:20)
10. In My Heart (4:22)
11. Moanin' and Groanin' (3:00)
12. Better off Dead (2:15)

Bill Withers, guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills, guitar
Chris Ethridge, bass
Jim Keltner, drums
Booker T. Jones, guitar, keyboards
Donald 'Duck' Dunn, bass
Al Jackson, Jr., drums
Bobbye Hall Porter, percussion

Recorded in 1971 at Sunset Sound; Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, California
Engineered by Bill Halverson, Bill Lazerus
Produced by Booker T. Jones

Digitally remastered

Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971/2015) [HDTracks]

Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971/2015) [HDTracks]

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