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The Essential Bill Withers

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Amazing

This album is a combination of classical , astounding and remarkable songs , by the amazing Bill Withers . True classic , a must have .

Classic Bill Withers at His Very Best

For all Bill Withers fans, this is the only CD you will ever need. Outstanding engineering,mastering and great selection of his best singles and album cuts. Awesome cd. Buy it. It does not get any better than this, I have most of his Cds., but this vastly exceeds the quality and sound of all the rest.Thank you ITunes for having this available at a great price. ( 2 Cds at $ 14.99).

Biography

Born: July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, WV

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Songwriter/singer/guitarist Bill Withers is best remembered for the classic "Lean on Me" and his other million-selling singles "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Use Me," but he has a sizable cache of great songs to his credit. Al Jarreau recorded an entire CD of Withers' songs on Tribute to Bill Withers (Culture Press 1998). His popular radio-aired...
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