I was just 18 when I first heard ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – one of the finest songs ever and certainly one of the most atmospheric. I was very surprised to note that it is only two minutes long! Bill Withers wrote some truly wonderful songs and had a great voice to boot. He’s now in his mid70’s. Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day & Lean on Me are all awesome songs and to write four as good as that is an incredible achievement. ‘Grandma’s Hands’ is also a really nice song and so Gregory Porter – its unsurprising then that Withers was a big influence on Gregory! The only track not written by Bill on this album is ‘Soul Shadows.’ Surprisingly Withers had only moderate success with his albums, though ’Still Bill’ did hit the number one spot in the American R&B charts and made number four in the Billboard. Bill also had limited success in the UK. I find it staggering that ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ only reached number 40 in our singles chart, though ‘ Lovely Day’ has had two top 10 entries over the years. This is a fine album for sure, with some outstanding quality and is undoubtedly very easy listening. Like a lot of ‘greatest hits’ albums nothing quite matches the aforementioned four classics.