Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers

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Despite the abrupt end of his brilliant recording career in 1985, Bill Withers's legacy lives on. Since his self-imposed exile, his sentimental and bluesy soul songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists including Club Nouveau ("Lean on Me"), Me'Shell Nd├ęgeOcello ("Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"), Will Smith ("Just the Two of Us"), and Paul McCartney ("Ain't No Sunshine"). The Gap even built a highly successful commercial campaign around his 1977 hit "Lovely Day." What makes this best-of package the quintessential Withers experience, however, is the inclusion of a number of lesser-known songs that show off the song man's R&B, funk, jazz, and folk nuances. Among the highlights are the string-laden ...
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Despite the abrupt end of his brilliant recording career in 1985, Bill Withers's legacy lives on. Since his self-imposed exile, his sentimental and bluesy soul songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists including Club Nouveau ("Lean on Me"), Me'Shell Nd├ęgeOcello ("Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"), Will Smith ("Just the Two of Us"), and Paul McCartney ("Ain't No Sunshine"). The Gap even built a highly successful commercial campaign around his 1977 hit "Lovely Day." What makes this best-of package the quintessential Withers experience, however, is the inclusion of a number of lesser-known songs that show off the song man's R&B, funk, jazz, and folk nuances. Among the highlights are the string-laden "Harlem," the bossa-nova groove of "I Want to Spend the Night," and the brassy soul of "I Wish You Well." In the disc's liner notes, Withers eloquently describes his music: "We all have different rhythms and rhymes. Mine might be slower than one man's and faster than another's. All I know for sure is this: When I'm writing, I'm a conduit. A larger spirit is moving through me. All I can do is be open when that spirit starts to move." Let's just hope that the spirit moves Withers to bless us with his sweet soul music once again.Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Eighteen tracks, from the early '70s to the mid-'80s, including his early Top Ten singles, but also minor hits like "Grandma's Hands," "Kissing My Love," and "Lovely Day." Those who admire songs like "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" are advised to approach this best-of with caution; from the mid-'70s onward, Bill Withers forsook his folky singer/songwriter soul for more anonymous, slick MOR soul and urban contemporary. His early sound was far more distinctive, and his early-'70s Sussex albums are recommended alternatives to this compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646385227
  • Catalog Number: 63852
  • Sales rank: 5,249

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Withers Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Clavinet
Steve Stills Guitar
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
David T. Walker Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Knight Bass
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer Strings
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar
Keni Burke Bass
Charles Veal Concert Master
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Melvin Dunlap Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Chris Ethridge Bass
Don Freeman Strings, Voices, Vibes, DX-7
Steve Gadd Drums
James Gadson Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass
Booker T. Jones Percussion
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Conga, Drums
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Marcus Miller Bass
Larry Nash Keyboards
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Electric Guitar
Grover Washington Jr. Saxophone
Ernie Watts Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Bill Eaton Conductor
Raymond Jackson Clarinet, Piano, Electric Piano
M.B. Gordy Tambourine, Tom-Tom, Hi Hat
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer, Producer
Dorothy Ashby Producer
Ralph MacDonald Composer, Producer
Richard Alderson Engineer
Keni Burke Producer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Michel Colombier Producer
Denny Diante Producer
Melvin Dunlap Producer
James Gadson Producer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Bill Halverson Engineer
Booker T. Jones Arranger, Producer
Bill Lazerus Engineer
Clarence McDonald Arranger, Producer
Bob Merritt Engineer
John Myles String Arrangements
Larry Nash Producer, rhythm arrangement
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
William Salter Composer
Phil (Boogie) Schier Engineer
Keith Seppanen Engineer
Grover Washington Jr. Producer
David Ritz Liner Notes
David Nathan Liner Notes
William Becton Composer
Tony Sellari Art Direction
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Bill Eaton Arranger
Raymond Jackson Producer, String Arrangements
M.B. Gordy Simmons
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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Bill Withers is the best. One of my favorites is Hello Like Befo

    Bill Withers is the best. One of my favorites is Hello Like Before, although I love everything he has ever made. Somehow he is one of my favorites I have never seen in person. I saw a documentary on netflix and would love to have a copy. What a sensual man. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. Long time fan. We are the same age.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lean On Me-Best of Bill Withers CD--SUPERB

    I've always wanted to own a Bill Withers "Best Of..." CD, and "Lean On Me-Best of Bill Withers" is terrific. If you haven't already added this CD to your collection, it's well worth buying!!! I LOVE Bill's music!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bill Wither's Blues and Brilliance

    I had a Bill Withers album in the 70's that introduced me to more than the essential "Lean on Me." The songs I came to love are included on this CD. The lesser known soul-rocking tracts of "The Same Love that made me Laugh," "Grandma's Hands," and "Use Me." It's difficult to find these mellow soul songs anymore but time has not diminished Bill Wither's brilliance. How anyone can deliver such wonderful words with such a mellow, wrenching voice still amazes me! I remember wearing my record out, especially "The Same Love that Made Me Laugh, Made Me Cry." Can anyone today write such truths and deliver them with a beautiful voice? Don't think so. These songs are still poignant and beautiful today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is amazing!

    *i am 20 years old and i bought this cd a couple years ago. i always loved "ain't no sunshine" and "lean on me." i wanted to find out more of what bill had in store. i soon found out he was the genious behind "use me" "grandma's hands" and "lovely day." it's funny because i never realized all the times his music was sampled-a sign of how he's inspired people. i love this album and even to this day-one of my favorites. "the same love that made me laugh" is one of my all time favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Sacramento, CA

    I don't think I have enjoyed a CD more than the Lean on Me album. Bill Withers is extremely talented. I would love to see him in concert and read more about him.

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