Bill Withers - Bill Withers Greatest Hits (Vinyl)

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Released in 2000, Bill Withers Greatest Hits is a succinct introduction to the incomparable music of Bill Withers. Featuring a number of his classic hits ("Lovely Day", "Ain’t No Sunshine", "Lean On Me", and "Just The Two Of Us", with Grover Washington Jr.), this ten-song collection presents hits from the 1970s era, and splendidly showcases what a talented vocalist and music interpreter Bill Withers truly was. It's all so effortless that it's easy to overlook how substantial Withers' work really is. Never flashy, his best songs burn with a heat that lingers long after the last note has been played. This slender 10-track collection brings together a few songs from his remarkable early-1970s Sussex albums, including such hits and near hits as "Grandma's Hands", "Who Is He? (And What Is He to You?)" and the seriously funky "Use Me", as well as some gems from the later 1970s (including "Lovely Day"). Greatest Hits is a nice, succinct introduction to Withers' work but fans would be better off with the more complete Lean on Me career overview

 



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.

By: Thespionic


A1 Just The Two Of Us
A2 Use Me
A3 Ain't No Sunshine
A4 Lovely Day
A5 I Want To Spend The Night
B1 Soul Shadows
B2 Lean On Me
B3 Grandma's Hands
B4 Hello Like Before
B5 Who Is He What Is He To You



Hype sticker reads:
Features hits from across
BILL WITHERS'
legendary career including
LEAN ON ME
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
LOVELY DAY
USE ME
and more
INCLUDES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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