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Just as I Am

Just as I Am

by Bill Withers
     
 

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In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just as I Am gets rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued. Remastered and repackaged as a part of Sony's DualDisc series, Just as I Am gets cleaned up and presented to a new generation of listeners who may have missed out the first time. And with this

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In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just as I Am gets rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued. Remastered and repackaged as a part of Sony's DualDisc series, Just as I Am gets cleaned up and presented to a new generation of listeners who may have missed out the first time. And with this remastering comes an intimacy, warmth, and immediacy to the recordings that was only hinted at with previous versions; it's almost as if Withers is in a living room singing to a small group of people, rather than making a record. Of course, the instantly recognizable anthem "Ain't No Sunshine" gets all of the acclaim it so richly deserves, but tracks like "Harlem" and "Better Off Dead" also warrant kudos for the intensity and maturity of their performances. Even when he's doing covers, Withers treats them as if they are his own compositions and handles them with great delicacy. And while the audio performances are top-notch, the new documentary on the making of the record, as well as rare performances of "Ain't No Sunshine," "Ain't Her Daddy," and "Harlem" are the icing on the proverbial cake. Kudos to Sony for not only reissuing a long lost masterpiece, but for doing it in such a classy fashion.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2012
Label:
Big Break
UPC:
5013929044333
catalogNumber:
2904433
Rank:
33176

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Withers   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Stills   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Guitar,Keyboards
Al Jackson   Drums
Bobbye Hall Porter   Percussion

Technical Credits

Fred Neil   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Bill Halverson   Engineer
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Producer
Bill Lazerus   Engineer
Wayne A. Dickson   Reissue Producer
Rico "Superbizzee" Washington   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Johnny Colden   Remixing

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