Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums [Box]

Track List

>Ain't No Sunshine
>Grandma's Hands
>Sweet Wanomi
>Everybody's Talkin'
>Do It Good
>Hope She'll Be Happier
>Let It Be
>I'm Her Daddy
>In My Heart
>Moanin' and Groanin'
>Better Off Dead
>Lonely Town, Lonely Street
>Let Me in Your Life
>Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?
>Use Me
>Lean on Me
>Kissing My Love
>I Don't Know
>Another Day to Run
>I Don't Want You on My Mind
>Take It All In and Check It All Out
>Use Me
>Friend of Mine
>Ain't No Sunshine
>Grandma's Hands
>World Keeps Going Around
>Let Me in Your Life
>Better Off Dead
>For My Friend
>I Can't Write Lefthanded
>Lean on Me
>Lonely Town, Lonely Street
>Hope She'll Be Happier
>Let Us Love
>Harlem/Cold Baloney
>Same Love That Made Me Laugh, The
>Green Grass
>Ruby Lee
>Heartbreak Road
>Can We Pretend
>Make a Smile for Me
>Rainroad Man
>I Wish You Well
>Best You Can, The
>Make Love to Your Mind
>I Love You Dawn
>She's Lonely
>Sometimes a Song
>Paint Your Pretty Picture
>Family Table
>Don't You Want to Stay?
>Hello Like Before
>Close to Me
>Naked & Warm (Heaven! Oh! Heaven!)
>Where You Are
>If I Didn't Mean You Well
>I'll Be with You
>City of the Angels
>My Imagination
>Lovely Day
>I Want to Spend the Night
>Lovely Night for Dancing
>Then You Smile at Me
>She Wants to (Get on Down)
>It Ain't Because of Me Baby
>Tender Things
>Let Me Be the One You Need
>All Because of You
>Dedicated to You My Love
>Don't It Make It Better
>You Got the Stuff
>Look to Each Other for Love
>Love Is
>Memories are That Way
>Oh Yeah!
>Something That Turns You On
>Don't Make Me Wait
>Heart in Your Life
>Watching You Watch Me
>We Could Be Sweet Lovers
>You Just Can't Smile It Away
>Steppin' Right Along
>Whatever Happens
>You Try to Find a Love

Album Reviews:

Billboard (p.40) - "[I]t's the gems among the lesser-known album tracks that fully underscore Withers' eloquence as a gifted poet laureate/storyteller..."

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Michael Eric Dyson; Joe Johnson ; Bill Withers.

Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (10/06/1972); Bill Withers' Home (10/06/1972); Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (10/06/1972); Conway Recording Studios (10/06/1972); Dijobe Sound, Orange, CA (10/06/1972); Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (10/06/1972); Red Wing (10/06/1972); Room 335 (10/06/1972); Rosebud (10/06/1972); Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA (10/06/1972); The Complex (10/06/1972); Wally Heider Recording Studio (10/06/1972); Yamaha R&D Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/06/1972).

Illustrator: Lou Beach.

Photographers: Ed Caraeff; Michael Ochs; Hal Wilson; Don Hunstein; Len Steckler; Norman Seeff; Bob Gruen; Joe Harris ; Bill Jackson ; Sam Emerson; Harry Goodwin; Elliot Gilbert; Roz Levin; Norbert Jobst; Fred Anderson .

Better late than never. The ideal time to release something of this scope was 2009, around the time the Bill Withers documentary Still Bill came out. Between then and the November 2012 release of this box, many of Withers' albums were reissued by BBR (U.K.) and Reel Music (U.S.) with great care. So, after all that, here's an all-encompassing package that features each one of Withers albums -- 1971's Just as I Am through 1985's Watching You Watching Me -- all newly mastered from the original analog tapes. A compact clamshell box contains the discs with replica LP sleeves that reproduce the front and back covers. The front of the Still Bill sleeve cleverly has that "window style" slit down the middle. The 39-page booklet should seal the deal for those whose funds haven't been depleted by the later wave of reissues. It features a typically humble note from Withers, an essay from Michael Eric Dyson, dozens of pictures, and full recording details. For beginners, this nine-disc box is a plunge, and not every album is a classic, but it retails for around the price of a typical five- or six-disc set. ~ Andy Kellman


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