The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886978946720
  • Catalog Number: 789467
  • Sales rank: 97,245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harlem (3:23)
  2. 2 Ain't No Sunshine (2:05)
  3. 3 Grandma's Hands (2:01)
  4. 4 Sweet Wanomi (2:32)
  5. 5 Everybody's Talkin' (3:24)
  6. 6 Do It Good (2:52)
  7. 7 Hope She'll Be Happier (3:50)
  8. 8 Let It Be (2:36)
  9. 9 I'm Her Daddy (3:18)
  10. 10 In My Heart (4:19)
  11. 11 Moanin' and Groanin' (2:58)
  12. 12 Better Off Dead (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lonely Town, Lonely Street (3:40)
  2. 2 Let Me in Your Life (2:40)
  3. 3 Who Is He (And What Is He to You)? (3:12)
  4. 4 Use Me (3:42)
  5. 5 Lean on Me (4:18)
  6. 6 Kissing My Love (3:49)
  7. 7 I Don't Know (3:02)
  8. 8 Another Day to Run (4:38)
  9. 9 I Don't Want You on My Mind (4:32)
  10. 10 Take It All In and Check It All Out (2:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Use Me (8:34)
  2. 2 Friend of Mine (4:28)
  3. 3 Ain't No Sunshine (2:57)
  4. 4 Grandma's Hands (4:53)
  5. 5 World Keeps Going Around (5:19)
  6. 6 Let Me in Your Life (4:15)
  7. 7 Better Off Dead (3:41)
  8. 8 For My Friend (3:01)
  9. 9 I Can't Write Lefthanded (6:43)
  10. 10 Lean on Me (5:47)
  11. 11 Lonely Town, Lonely Street (3:58)
  12. 12 Hope She'll Be Happier (4:26)
  13. 13 Let Us Love (5:19)
  14. 14 Harlem/Cold Baloney (13:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You (5:23)
  2. 2 The Same Love That Made Me Laugh (3:25)
  3. 3 Stories (2:47)
  4. 4 Green Grass (3:11)
  5. 5 Ruby Lee (3:19)
  6. 6 Heartbreak Road (3:09)
  7. 7 Can We Pretend (3:49)
  8. 8 Liza (3:04)
  9. 9 Make a Smile for Me (3:16)
  10. 10 Rainroad Man (6:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I Wish You Well (3:57)
  2. 2 The Best You Can (2:22)
  3. 3 Make Love to Your Mind (6:23)
  4. 4 I Love You Dawn (2:36)
  5. 5 She's Lonely (5:15)
  6. 6 Sometimes a Song (4:45)
  7. 7 Paint Your Pretty Picture (5:43)
  8. 8 Family Table (3:13)
  9. 9 Don't You Want to Stay? (4:04)
  10. 10 Hello Like Before (5:29)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Close to Me (3:56)
  2. 2 Naked & Warm (Heaven! Oh! Heaven!) (5:46)
  3. 3 Where You Are (3:54)
  4. 4 Dreams (5:32)
  5. 5 If I Didn't Mean You Well (3:04)
  6. 6 I'll Be with You (3:12)
  7. 7 City of the Angels (10:44)
  8. 8 My Imagination (4:52)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Lovely Day (4:14)
  2. 2 I Want to Spend the Night (3:41)
  3. 3 Lovely Night for Dancing (5:49)
  4. 4 Then You Smile at Me (4:53)
  5. 5 She Wants to (Get on Down) (3:15)
  6. 6 It Ain't Because of Me Baby (3:30)
  7. 7 Tender Things (5:00)
  8. 8 Wintertime (3:16)
  9. 9 Let Me Be the One You Need (4:45)
Disc 8
  1. 1 All Because of You (3:50)
  2. 2 Dedicated to You My Love (4:49)
  3. 3 Don't It Make It Better (4:13)
  4. 4 You Got the Stuff (7:16)
  5. 5 Look to Each Other for Love (4:25)
  6. 6 Love (4:59)
  7. 7 Love Is (4:23)
  8. 8 Memories are That Way (5:04)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Oh Yeah! (4:04)
  2. 2 Something That Turns You On (4:26)
  3. 3 Don't Make Me Wait (4:02)
  4. 4 Heart in Your Life (4:16)
  5. 5 Watching You Watch Me (5:49)
  6. 6 We Could Be Sweet Lovers (3:27)
  7. 7 You Just Can't Smile It Away (4:41)
  8. 8 Steppin' Right Along (5:46)
  9. 9 Whatever Happens (3:15)
  10. 10 You Try to Find a Love (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Withers Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Drums, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes, DX-7
José Feliciano Guitar
Stephen Stills Guitar
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Buddy Collette Flute, Soloist
Paul Smith Synthesizer, Flute, Strings, Horn, Keyboards, Clavinet, DX-7, Synthesizer Horn, Pizzicato
Clifford Coulter Synthesizer, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Soloist
David Foster Keyboards
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
David T. Walker Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Knight Bass, Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Errol Crusher Bennett Conductor, Tambourine, cowbell, slapstick
Benorce Blackmon Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lois Booker Background Vocals
Alex Brown Vocal Ad-Libs
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer Strings
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar
Keni Burke Bass
Charles Veal Concert Master
Michel Colombier Synthesizer, Bells, Synthesizer Strings
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Dave Grusin Keyboards
Denise DeCaro Background Vocals
Melvin Dunlap Bass
James Gadson Percussion, Drums
Bryan Garofalo Bass
Jim Gillstrap Background Vocals
Dean Grant Keyboards
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Keith Hatchell Bass
Jean Hinterman Horn
Dann Huff Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
James Jamerson Bass
George Johnson Electric Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass
Booker T. Jones Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Russ Kunkel Cymbals, Drums, Shaker
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Geoffrey Leib Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Marty McCall Background Vocals
Marcus Miller Strings, Harpsichord, Clavinet, Bells, Brass
John Myles Electric Piano, Clavinet
Larry Nash Keyboards, Electric Piano, Melodica
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, DX-7
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar Effects
Youseff Rahman Electric Piano
Jessica Smith Background Vocals
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Tee fender rhodes
Larry Tolbert Drums
Ernie Watts Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Wah-Wah Watson Electric Guitar
Buddy Williams Drums
Tom Babler Background Vocals
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Denita James Background Vocals
Pat Hodges Background Vocals
Mike Jones Synthesizer
Alvin Taylor Drums
Jeff Ervin Horn
Joe Kelly Guitar
Angie Johnson Background Vocals
Phil Perry Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
John Barnes Piano, Electric Piano
Marsha Johnson Background Vocals
Don Freeman Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Strings, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Steel Drums, Bells, Vibes, DX-7
Bobbye Hall Porter Percussion
Ray Jackson Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass Slide
Caroline Willis Background Vocals
John Robinson Drums
M.B. Gordy Cymbals, Tambourine, Hi Hat
Lenny Booker Background Vocals
Helen Gonder Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Bill Withers Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements, Concept, Cmi, Whistle
Dorothy Ashby Producer
Paul Smith Producer
Clifford Coulter Producer
David Foster Arranger
Ralph MacDonald Producer
Jerry Knight Producer
Wade Marcus Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Errol Crusher Bennett Producer
Benorce Blackmon Composer, Producer
Alex Brown Vocal Arrangements
Kendall Brown Engineer
Keni Burke Producer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Michel Colombier Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Denny Diante Producer
Melvin Dunlap Producer
Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu Producer
James Gadson Producer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Bill Halverson Engineer
Jean Hinterman Horn Arrangements
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Bob Hughes Engineer
Booker T. Jones Arranger, Producer
Bill Lazerus Engineer
Geoffrey Leib Producer
Clarence McDonald Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Merritt Engineer
John Myles String Arrangements
Larry Nash Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Youseff Rahman Producer
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Keith Seppanen Engineer
Bobby Thomas Engineer
Larry Tolbert Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Frank Wolf Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
D. Foster Composer
Leo Sacks Producer
Elliot Gilbert Cover Photo
Michael Mendel Art Direction
Lou Beach Illustrations
Edward O'Dowd Cover Design
Mike Kull Tape Research
Milton Sincoff Packaging
Jeff Ervin Horn Arrangements
Stan McKenney Composer
Barron Storey Cover Illustration
Bill Eaton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Howard Bingham Cover Photo
Johnny Golden Remixing
M. Dunlap Composer
Joe Johnson Liner Notes
Phil Perry Vocal Arrangements
Michael Eric Dyson Liner Notes
Larry Carlton Composer, Producer, Engineer
Don Freeman Arranger, Producer
Tom Ruff Mastering
Ray Jackson Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
S. Scarborough Composer
D. Nicholas Composer
C. McDonald Composer
D. Freeman Composer
Phil Schier Engineer, Remixing
Carl Overr Art Direction
Marcia Withers Management
Ed Rakowicz Engineer
Tom Suefort Engineer
Hal Sacs Engineer
Fred Anderson Cover Photo
Denise Routt Vocal Arrangements
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