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Lean On Me: The Best of Bill Withers

Bill Withers

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Album Review

Eighteen tracks, from the early '70s to the mid-'80s, including his early Top Ten singles, but also minor hits like "Grandma's Hands," "Kissing My Love," and "Lovely Day." Those who admire songs like "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" are advised to approach this best-of with caution; from the mid-'70s onward, Bill Withers forsook his folky singer/songwriter soul for more anonymous, slick MOR soul and urban contemporary. His early sound was far more distinctive, and his early-'70s Sussex albums are recommended alternatives to this compilation.

Customer Reviews

Uplifting

I love to listen to this when I'm bored or upset

Mr. Withers, you have a gift.

The business side of music hasn't always been kind to you (so I've read), and you've walked away from it. Understandably so. What I want to say is "thank you" - for putting up with users, with prejudice, with stupidity, and giving all of us something of yourself. Your music is heartfelt. It's a gift. And it is truly beautiful.

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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