Bill Withers Making Music

Making Music

Bill Withers

Released on July 25, 2008 by Legacy Recordings

Main artist: Bill Withers

Genre: R&B/Soul

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It can prove somewhat difficult to place Bill Withers among his peers. Despite a brief revival thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, he will always remain something of an outsider to the soul movement. Starting out as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy, his performing career happened more or less by accident. Surprised to be invited to re-record his own demos -- a modest Withers had intended his songs for others -- he came forth with two brilliant albums chock-full of intriguing stories on mournful alcoholics, adulterers, and his late grandmother's hands. His exceptional talent as a storyteller placed him perhaps more in league with West Coast singer songwriters like Stephen Stills, who helped out on his debut, Just as I Am. A Vietnam chant, "I Can't Write Left Handed," placed him further apart as a socially conscious performer. The accompanying album, Live at Carnegie Hall, makes clear Withers is about total commitment to the music and music alone. Once called "the poet Stax never had" by onetime producer Booker T., his influence on artists like Ben Harper and Erykah Badu is not to be taken lightly. Much of the above can be said about Making Music. Because of the regretful demise of Withers' original label, Sussex, his fifth album was released on Columbia. It possesses the same down-to-earthiness and eye for ordinary day life as his former releases, though the production sometimes trades the organic "feel" for the familiar "end of the '70s slickness." He's excused since at least he didn't turn disco! No dancing across the floor for Bill: friends and family is what remains important to him, as becomes evident from the portrait on the album cover's backside and in songs like "Family Table" and "Don't You Want to Stay." Even when a song does not seem to have a subject but itself ("Sometimes a Song"), Withers and band deliver it with an urgency that would make Barry White shiver. To stay on the subject: instead of White wondering "what he's going to do with you," wouldn't you rather have Withers "Make Love to Your Mind"? ~ Quint Kik
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:43:51

  1. 1 I Wish You Well (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - Paul Riser, Arranger - B. Withers, Composer - B. Withers, Lyricist - LARRY NASH, Producer Copyright : (P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 The Best You Can (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - B. Withers, Composer - B. Blackmon, Composer - L. Nash, Producer Copyright : (P) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

  3. 3 Make Love to Your Mind (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - Paul Riser, Arranger - B. Withers, Composer - Larry Nash, Arranger - BOB MERRITT, Engineer - L. Nash, Producer - BOB SCHIER, Engineer Copyright : (P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 I love You Dawn

    Paul Riser, Arranger - Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - B. Withers, Composer - L. NASH, Producer - Larry Nash, Arranger - BOB MERRITT, Engineer - BOB SCHIER, Engineer Copyright : (P) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 She's Lonely

    Bill Withers, Producer - Bill Withers, Performer - B. Withers, Composer - BOB MERRITT, Engineer - PHIL SCHIER, Engineer - L. Nash, Producer Copyright : (P) 1977 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Sometimes A Song

    Bill Withers, Producer - Bill Withers, Performer - B. Withers, Composer - L. NASH, Producer - R. Jackson, Composer Copyright : (P) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Paint Your Little Picture

    Bill Withers, Producer - Bill Withers, Performer - B. Withers, Composer - L. NASH, Producer Copyright : (P) 1975 Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Family Table

    Paul Riser, Arranger - Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - B. Withers, Composer - L. NASH, Producer - D. GONNEAU, Composer - Larry Nash, Arranger - BOB MERRITT, Engineer - PHIL SCHIER, Engineer Copyright : (P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Don't You Want to Stay?

    Bill Withers, Producer - Bill Withers, Performer - B. Withers, Composer - R. Jackson, Composer - M. Dunlap, Composer - L. Nash, Producer Copyright : (P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Enertainment

  10. 10 Hello Like Before (Album Version)

    Bill Withers, Vocal - Bill Withers, Composer - Bill Withers, Performer - Bill Withers, Producer - Bill Withers, Lyricist - Larry Nash, Producer - J. Collins, Lyricist - J. Collins, Composer - Adam Block, Project Coordinator - John Snyder, Producer Copyright : (P) 1975 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • It can prove somewhat difficult to place Bill Withers among his peers. Despite a brief revival thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, he will always remain something of an outsider to the soul movement. Starting out as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy, his performing career happened more or less by accident. Surprised to be invited to re-record his own demos -- a modest Withers had intended his songs for others -- he came forth with two brilliant albums chock-full of intriguing stories on mournful alcoholics, adulterers, and his late grandmother's hands. His exceptional talent as a storyteller placed him perhaps more in league with West Coast singer songwriters like Stephen Stills, who helped out on his debut, Just as I Am. A Vietnam chant, "I Can't Write Left Handed," placed him further apart as a socially conscious performer. The accompanying album, Live at Carnegie Hall, makes clear Withers is about total commitment to the music and music alone. Once called "the poet Stax never had" by onetime producer Booker T., his influence on artists like Ben Harper and Erykah Badu is not to be taken lightly. Much of the above can be said about Making Music. Because of the regretful demise of Withers' original label, Sussex, his fifth album was released on Columbia. It possesses the same down-to-earthiness and eye for ordinary day life as his former releases, though the production sometimes trades the organic "feel" for the familiar "end of the '70s slickness." He's excused since at least he didn't turn disco! No dancing across the floor for Bill: friends and family is what remains important to him, as becomes evident from the portrait on the album cover's backside and in songs like "Family Table" and "Don't You Want to Stay." Even when a song does not seem to have a subject but itself ("Sometimes a Song"), Withers and band deliver it with an urgency that would make Barry White shiver. To stay on the subject: instead of White wondering "what he's going to do with you," wouldn't you rather have Withers "Make Love to Your Mind"? ~ Quint Kik

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Legacy Recordings

The multiple Grammy-winning Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, produces and maintains the world's foremost catalog of historic reissues, an unparalleled compendium of thousands of digitally remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, ethnic, world music, classical, comedy and more. Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy's original mission was to preserve and reissue recordings from the extensive catalogs of Columbia Records (including ARC, Brunswick, OKeh and Vocalion), Epic Record...

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