Bill Withers - Bill Withers' Greatest Hits
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This original 1981 collection Bill Withers' Greatest Hits celebrates the legacy of Bill Withers. The album includes all the favourites like "Ain't No Sunshine", "Lean On Me", "Lovely Day", "Just The Two Of Us", "Use Me" and "Grandma's Hands".
Bill Withers created mellow, downhome-style soul for barely more than a decade before retreating from the industry to pursue craftsman interests. Yet over the course of the handful of albums he made for Sussex and CBS Records, the Appalachian native struck lasting emotional chords in legends ranging from Booker T. Jones to Stephen Stills - not to mention the millions of listeners that fell under the spell of now-standard tracks such as "Lean on Me", "Use Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine".
This timeless compilation provides a transparent view of Withers' relaxing timbre and the subtle grooves underlining his arrangements. Characteristics ranging from the tension of the guitars, funky bends of the bass, whisper-soft coo of the formal strings, airiness of the backing harmonies, and sharpness of the snare drum emerge with utmost clarity and lifelike presence. Always prized for its naked honesty and pure conviction, Withers' music positively caresses the senses on this record, the unadulterated production and beautiful soundscapes revealed anew with each listen.
Heavyweight vinyl produced by Sony Legacy for Columbia Records in 2021.