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Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall [Live]

Bill Withers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000024CRM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Use Me
2. Friend Of Mine
3. Ain't No Sunshine
4. Grandma's Hands
5. World Keeps Going Around
6. Let Me In Your Life
7. Better Off Dead
8. For My Friend
9. I Can't Write Left-Handed
10. Lean On Me
11. "Lonely Town, Lonely Street"
12. Hope She'll Be Happier
13. Let Us Love
14. Medley: Harlem/Cold Baloney
15. Cold Baloney

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BBC Review

Recorded on Friday 6th October 1972, Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall is one of those rare in-concert albums that puts you right there in the room. It's like for one night only the Apollo in Harlem had moved 68 blocks downtown.

Captured on a night of heavy rain, Withers is genuinely humbled by the reaction of his audience. He thanks his crowd repeatedly for coming out in it, and the magic crackles from the start. Opener Use Me goes down so well, he gives in immediately to the multitude and plays it again.

His easygoing command of the situation can be heard in the band introductions in Friend Of Mine, and his passionate reminiscing about his grandmother before Grandma's Hands. His denouncement of war as, ''one big drag'' on the intro to the show-stopping anti-Vietnam I Can't Write Left Handed (later the sample for Fatboy Slim's Demons) is most poignant.

Bill Withers is one of those artists, who after hearing a few tracks again, you wonder why you'd ever listen to anyone else. Here, you have stunning versions of Ain't No Sunshine, Lean On Me and a take of Harlem that brings the house down. As he wrote in the original notes for the album, ''in about an hour and a half that audience transformed us all from nervous, serious musicians into free and happy people. I know I'll never forget it''.

If you know this album well, you'll never forget it too. If you are unfamiliar with it, go hear it immediately. It is up there with James Brown Live at the Apollo 1962, Aretha's Amazing Grace or Van Morrison's It's Too Late To Stop Now for allowing you to truly share the live experience of an artist at their pinnacle. --Daryl Easlea

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this 28 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own a lot of cd's and in particular, I own a lot of soul-cd's. But none of the other albums have the same feel and raw soul as this marvellous album. First of all, the songs are all earcatchers, but more importantly; on this album you can actually feel how Carnegie Hall must have been like that night in 1972. You can sense the audience and how they are completely in the hands of Withers and his band. Yes, he starts out of key on "Lean on me", but this album is so profound, heartfelt and really, really honest that it just adds to the illusion of "being there". Listening to Withers' talking humourosly and heartfelt of his grandmother in "Grandma's Hands" is the best part of the album, but most importantly - every minute of this album is pure raw soul as it was meant to be: A small band, the simple music and the wit and genius of an extremely gifted poet. Buy this album without hesitating!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST SOULFUL 70 MINUTES EVER RECORDED. 18 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This live album is a staggering work of genius. A document of the often overlooked Bill Withers at the very height of his powers.The 9 minute version of 'Use Me' is amongst the funkiest things you'll hear, a 7-minute 'I can't write left-handed' puts the hairs up on you're neck, and I am not ashamed to say this live version of 'Lean on Me' has put tears of joy in my eyes. In my opinion all the versions of Bills classics here are the definitive versions. The energy on this record is wild, and the humour and warmth of the man himself comes right through the grooves. I my opinion there is more soul on this record than in the last 25 years of recorded music put together. I challenege you not to place this amongdt you're favourite albums of all time. A MUST OWN ALBUM. CHERISH IT, WORSHIP IT, IT'S AS GOOD AS IT'S GOING TO GET.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars are not enough. 26 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Somehow I ovelooked this album in the 70's. I thought Donnie Hathaway live was one of the best live soul/gospel albums . I'll have to admit that this is pure brilliance, the perforance of the band is fantastic and Bill is superb.. Just buy this CD .... ASTOUNDING every track!
Why can't albums be like this today! Releas a DVD please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 7 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A smashing album that I was very pleased to get hold of. Quality of the cd and service was first clas and I have no complaints at all
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever? 17 Dec 2012
By Dowtit
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Admittedley a subjective and bold statement but for me this is simply the best live album ever. Warm, melodious, humourous and full of the most well crafted songs. Its an album of humane vitality that touches all the posts of existence. Once you let this album in your life you will be richer for it, tust me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It took 40 years but now I get this album 18 Feb 2013
By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this album about 40 years ago and just didn't get it. I think I was more into Bowie, T-Rex & the Stones. However 40 years on and revisiting this album after hearing it on Spotify and I now see what a superb album this is. Not only musically but also the in-between bits between tracks when Bill is speaking.

This album is very much of its era but the sympathetic and sometimes humorous way Withers comes across is timeless The music in itself is of the highest quality and is delivered by Withers and his band better than any cover version I have heard.

This is in my mind one of those albums that can deliver something for everyone whatever their musical taste, even if this is just the classic tracks 'Ain't no Sunshine' or 'Lean on me'. The more I listen to it the more I am getting from this album and the more I realize what I have been missing for 40 years of not having it in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concert 25 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Musicians live for live performance...that's where the true magic happens.

This Live recording captures a truly wonderful performance by a great songwriter and a superb band. The live interaction with the audience is funny and gentle, the band and audience are clearly having a great time.

Bill Withers may have faded from the intense public glare...but...and it's a big BUT...his music was real and true to life in a way few performer/writers achieve. If you used to enjoy his music, but need reminding how wonderful he was, then this cd is well worth the very good price. I bet you won't stop movin'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I had the original LP in the 1970s and it was played to death. Its probably one of the best live sessions to come out of that period, with the musician as tight and sweet as ever. When it was purchased for Christmas this year it went straight on, and bought back some nice memories. However, when listening to it again I was I little disappointed at the quality of the recording on CD the volume levels are all over the place, from about track 5 on. But don't let this detract, from a brilliant live CD where you can feel the buzz in the audience. Bill and the band were right on the button on the night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live recordings ever
I've had this for decades on vinyl and it remains an and authentic performance from an utterly charming artist. Delightful.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Pj Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery + great album.
I'm really happy with this buy. Cheap item and a great 'live' classic from 1973 -before I was born. Much better than studio album, glad I bought this instead. Recommended!
Published 7 months ago by whenigetachance
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely brilliant albumn.
I knew all those tracks quite well, but listening to them on this wonderful, atmospheric live recording was a completely new experience. Genius.
Published 14 months ago by Carrie13
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I coulda been there
The voice of Bill Withers always seemed to be on the radio when I was growing up in the 70s. I had this on vinyl, the cover and record got tired and battered, it had to be... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Olyett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
At any price this album is a gem. Out of the hundreds of albums in our house this has to rank as one of the best. If you like soul/Bill Withers you'll love this. Get it.
Published 16 months ago by Bob M
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall
Live albums sometimes disappoint but not this one which is warm and soul full. A really nice man with the audience in the palm of his hand. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stoneshelp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Don't know why its taken me so long to get this. Great live album performance and Bill brings something different to some of his most well known songs.
Published 18 months ago by sandeep vadher
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic stuff
I bought this album a few years ago when I realised that I had several tracks from it on various compilations and loved them all. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nelson Longflap
5.0 out of 5 stars BANG
If you are still reading these reviews you probably dont deserve this album what can i say..... vinyl is still better. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by benz
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