Just as I Am/Still Bill

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657016022
  • Catalog Number: 160
  • Sales rank: 64,907

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Withers Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Booker T. Jones Producer
William Becton Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
Peter Shillito Concept
Terry Reilly Annotation
Shirley Jean Womack Composer
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