Still Bill [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bill Withers came into his own on his third album, Still Bill. Released in 1972, the record is a remarkable summation of a number of contemporary styles: the smooth soul coming out of Philly, smoky, late-night funk via Bobby Womack, bluesy Southern soul, and '70s singer/songwriterism. It's rich, subtly layered music, but its best attribute is that it comes on easy, never sounding labored or overworked. In fact, it takes several spins of the album to realize just how versatile Withers is on Still Bill, to hear how he makes intricate, funky rhythms sound as effortless and simple as the album's best-known song, the gospel-tinged inspirational anthem "Lean on Me." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bill Withers came into his own on his third album, Still Bill. Released in 1972, the record is a remarkable summation of a number of contemporary styles: the smooth soul coming out of Philly, smoky, late-night funk via Bobby Womack, bluesy Southern soul, and '70s singer/songwriterism. It's rich, subtly layered music, but its best attribute is that it comes on easy, never sounding labored or overworked. In fact, it takes several spins of the album to realize just how versatile Withers is on Still Bill, to hear how he makes intricate, funky rhythms sound as effortless and simple as the album's best-known song, the gospel-tinged inspirational anthem "Lean on Me." That's the genius behind Withers' music: it's warm and easily accessible, but it has a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous plays -- and, given the sound and feel of the music, from the lush arrangements to his comforting voice, it's easy to want to play this again and again. Then there's the quality of the songwriting, which is as assured on the grooving "Lonely Town, Lonely Street" as it is on the suspicious, paranoid "Who Is He And What Is He to You?" or "Use Me," where he happily submits to being used by his object of affection. This high level of songwriting is sustained throughout the record, making this the greatest testament to his considerable gifts. [The 2003 reissue contains two bonus tracks from his Live at Carnegie Hall album.]
Blender - Dorian Lynskey
His one stone-cold classic, 1972's Still Bill, aches with wisdom and hurt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646218426
  • Catalog Number: 62184

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Withers Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Benorce Blackmon Guitar
Melvin Dunlap Bass
James Gadson Percussion, Drums
Bobbye Porter Percussion
Raymond Jackson Clarinet, Piano, Electric Piano
Ray Jackson Clarinet, Piano, Electric Piano
Benorce Blackmon Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Benorce Blackmon Producer, Audio Production
Melvin Dunlap Producer, Audio Production
James Gadson Producer, Audio Production
Bob Hughes Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Phil (Boogie) Schier Engineer, Remixing
Leo Sacks Reissue Producer
William Becton Composer
Hal Wilson Original Photography
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Joel Whitburn Chart Preparation
Michael Mendel Art Direction
Milton Sincoff Packaging
Raymond Jackson Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Triana DOrazio Packaging Manager
Ray Jackson Audio Production
Benorce Blackmon Audio Production
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