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The Essential Bill Withers

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
More generous than the 20-track The Very Best Of, Essential Bill Withers is a 34-track anthology that features all of Withers' notable singles, along with other highlights from the singer's albums for the Sussex and Columbia labels, from 1971's Just as I Am through 1985's Watching You Watching Me. This is a fine and extensive introduction to Withers' catalog, featuring "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," "Use Me," "Lovely Day," and "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh." He also recorded scads of excellent deep album cuts that could not fit. In 2013, the lovingly packaged The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums Collection -- released the previous year -- retailed for roughly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
More generous than the 20-track The Very Best Of, Essential Bill Withers is a 34-track anthology that features all of Withers' notable singles, along with other highlights from the singer's albums for the Sussex and Columbia labels, from 1971's Just as I Am through 1985's Watching You Watching Me. This is a fine and extensive introduction to Withers' catalog, featuring "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me," "Use Me," "Lovely Day," and "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh." He also recorded scads of excellent deep album cuts that could not fit. In 2013, the lovingly packaged The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums Collection -- released the previous year -- retailed for roughly three times the price of this set. Anyone with a serious interest in Withers' work should seriously consider that option, though it doesn't contain "Just the Two of Us," the big hit from Grover Washington, Jr.'s Winelight album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837422024
  • Catalog Number: 374220
  • Sales rank: 32,774

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Withers Primary Artist, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Strings, Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes, DX-7
William Eaton Conductor, oberheim
Steve Stills Guitar
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Joe Sample Piano
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Clifford Coulter Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Phil Perry Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Roland Bautista Guitar
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
David T. Walker Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Jerry Knight Bass
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Soloist
Alex Brown Vocal Ad-Libs
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar
Keni Burke Bass
Charles Veal Concert Master
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Dave Grusin Keyboards
Melvin Dunlap Bass
Wilton Felder Saxophone
Don Freeman Electric Piano, Steel Drums, Bells, DX-7
Steve Gadd Drums
James Gadson Percussion, Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Bryan Garofalo Bass
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Dean Grant Keyboards
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Stix Hooper Drums
James Jamerson Bass
George Johnson Electric Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass
Booker T. Jones Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Russ Kunkel Cymbals, Drums, Shaker
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Geoffrey Leib Piano, Keyboards
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Clarence McDonald Keyboards
Bob Mann Guitar
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Ullanda McCullough Background Vocals
Marcus Miller Bass
John Myles Electric Piano, Clavinet
Larry Nash Electric Piano, Melodica, Harp Keyboards
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar Effects
Ralph Rickert Trumpet
Keith Seppanen Synthesizer, Linn Drum
Richard Tee Piano, fender rhodes
Larry Tolbert Drums
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone
Ernie Watts Soprano Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson Electric Guitar
Tom Babler Background Vocals
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Charles McDonald Keyboards
Paul Smith Flute, Strings, Clavinet, DX-7, Synthesizer Horn
Angie Johnson Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall Porter Percussion
Ray Jackson Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Caroline Willis Background Vocals
John Robinson Drums
M.B. Gordy Cymbals
Benorce Blackman Guitar
Technical Credits
William Eaton Arranger, Producer
Bill Withers Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Dorothy Ashby Producer
Quincy Jones Producer
Joe Sample Producer
Clifford Coulter Producer
Phil Perry Vocal Arrangements
Ralph MacDonald Composer, Producer
Jerry Knight Producer
Richard Alderson Engineer
Errol Crusher Bennett Producer
Alex Brown Vocal Arrangements
Kendall Brown Engineer
Keni Burke Producer
Ed Caraeff Cover Photo, Tray Photo
Ed Cherney Engineer
Melvin Dunlap Producer
Wilton Felder Producer
Don Freeman Producer
James Gadson Producer
Daine Gonneau Composer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Bill Halverson Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Stix Hooper Producer
Bob Hughes Engineer
Will Jennings Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Booker T. Jones Arranger, Producer
Bill Lazerus Engineer
Geoffrey Leib Producer
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
Skip Scarborough Composer
Keith Seppanen Engineer
Bobby Thomas Engineer
Larry Tolbert Producer
Grover Washington Jr. Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Frank Wolf Engineer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Yusuf Rahman Producer
Leo Sacks Producer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Pieter Mazél Back Cover Photo
Bill Eaton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Paul Smith Producer
John Collins Composer
M. Dunlap Composer
Lynell George Liner Notes
Larry Carlton Engineer
Tom Ruff Mastering
Ray Jackson Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
J. Sample Composer
Stanley Wayne McKenny Composer
Phil Schier Engineer
M.B. Gordy Simmons
Benorce Blackman Producer
Kwasi "Rocki" Dzidzomu Producer
Marcia Withers Producer, Management
Ed Rakowicz Engineer
Tom Suefort Engineer
Hal Sacs Engineer
Denise Routt Vocal Arrangements
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