Bill Withers Just As I Am

Just As I Am

Bill Withers

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Released on October 18, 2005 by Columbia - Legacy

Main artist: Bill Withers

Genre: R&B/Soul

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:35:52

  1. 1 Harlem (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : (P) 1971 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Ain't No Sunshine (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Bobbye Hall, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Grandma's Hands (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : (P) 1971 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Sweet Wanomi (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  5. 5 Everybody's Talkin' (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - F. Neil, Composer - F. Neil, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  6. 6 Do It Good (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  7. 7 Hope She'll Be Happier (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  8. 8 Let It Be (Album Version)

    Jim Keltner, Drums - Paul McCartney, Composer - Paul McCartney, Lyricist - J. LENNON, Composer - J. LENNON, Lyricist - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Guitar Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  9. 9 I'm Her Daddy (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 In My Heart (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 Moanin' and Groanin' (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 Better off Dead (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Guitar - Bill Withers, Performer - Stephen Stills, Guitar - Various, Percussion - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - Al Jackson, Drums - Booker T. Jones, Producer - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards - Booker T. Jones, Guitar - Jim Keltner, Drums Copyright : Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

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Though low-key by the standards of early-'70s soul, Withers' debut record is by most measures an astonishing maiden outing. Perhaps being at a relatively advanced age for a singer/songwriter doing his first album (Withers was in his early thirties by the time it was released) helped give the songs a maturity and weight lacking in most initial efforts. Withers immediately carved a distinct niche for himself within soul music by integrating folkier, more introspective elements than what was being heard almost anywhere else within the style. While gentle orchestration and jazz-funk rhythms could often be heard, he didn't forsake some down-home blues and gospel influences, which really came to the forefront on songs like "Grandma's Hands." The lilting, melancholy "Ain't No Sunshine" was the deserved smash hit from the record, but there were a bunch of fine effervescently grooving songs on the rest of the album that remain unjustly familiar to the general audience, like "Harlem," "Sweet Wanomi," "Moanin' and Groanin'," and "Better Off Dead." All the material was original save covers of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" and the Beatles' "Let It Be," both of which Withers made over into his own memorable acoustic-based soul style. ~ Richie Unterberger

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