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Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972) [2015] [HDTracks]

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Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972) [2015] [HDTracks]
Artist: Bill Withers
Title Of Album: Still Bill
Year Of Release: 2015 (1972)
Label: Columbia Records
Country: USA
Genre: Soul, Smooth Soul, R&B, Pop
Quality: FLAC (*tracks, front)
Bitrate: Lossless [24Bit/96kHz]
Time: 36:43
Full Size: 791 MB

Still Bill is the second studio album by American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1972 by Sussex Records. It includes two hit singles: "Lean on Me", which is number 205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and went to number 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts in summer of 1972; and "Use Me", which went to number two on the same charts in fall of 1972. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Bill Withers came into his own on his third album, Still Bill. Released in 1972, the record is a remarkable summation of a number of contemporary styles: the smooth soul coming out of Philly, smoky, late-night funk via Bobby Womack, bluesy Southern soul, and '70s singer/songwriterism. It's rich, subtly layered music, but its best attribute is that it comes on easy, never sounding labored or overworked. In fact, it takes several spins of the album to realize just how versatile Withers is on Still Bill, to hear how he makes intricate, funky rhythms sound as effortless and simple as the album's best-known song, the gospel-tinged inspirational anthem "Lean on Me." That's the genius behind Withers' music: it's warm and easily accessible, but it has a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous plays -- and, given the sound and feel of the music, from the lush arrangements to his comforting voice, it's easy to want to play this again and again. Then there's the quality of the songwriting, which is as assured on the grooving "Lonely Town, Lonely Street" as it is on the suspicious, paranoid "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" or "Use Me," where he happily submits to being used by his object of affection. This high level of songwriting is sustained throughout the record, making this the greatest testament to his considerable gifts. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


01. Lonely Town, Lonely Street (3:45)
02. Let Me in Your Life (2:42)
03. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)? (3:14)
04. Use Me (3:48)
05. Lean on Me (4:19)
06. Kissing My Love (3:51)
07. I Don't Know (3:07)
08. Another Day to Run (4:40)
09. I Don't Want You on My Mind (4:37)
10. Take It All In and Check It All Out (2:39)

Bill Withers - guitar, piano, vocals
Bobbye Hall - percussion
Benorce Blackmon - guitar
Melvin Dunlap - bass
James Gadson - drums, percussion
Raymond Jackson - piano, clavinet, electric piano, horn & string arrangement

Recorded: May 1972 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA.

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Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972) [2015] [HDTracks]

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