on 5 June 2003
A truly great ALBUM, not some collection of a few singles with a load of filler - every song's a winner, I cannot pick favourites, though Lean On Me is one of the best songs ever recorded by man! Its funky, but not overpolished, though the production values are very high, Bill's singing is superb, there are big ballads which don't suck, the down-home philosophising isn't cringeworthy but actually worth thinking about - all of it just works. I have an earlier re-issue of this - the photo showing Bill looking very 'Man at C&A' - but he's so cool he even pulls that off - he is the funkiest dude ever to wear a sportsjacket! And could you ask for a better recommendation than that?
on 23 May 2007
You'd be hard pressed to select a better soul/hymnal/funk album. Every song brings it's very own feeling that has you doing everything from, snapping your fingers and bobbing your head, to sitting back deep to take it all in.
Timeless, this trully is a must have. His voice is every bit as delicate and powerful in the live track recording 'Lonely town, lonely street' as it is on all the mastered tracks, emphasising the depth, range and the sheer quality of his voice.
Use me has you from the first drop and keeps you riding its relentless beat till the end, while its clever lyrical play on 'love' draws you in, its quite simply gripping in everyway. Beautifully written, wonderfully scored. Just how Bill Withers has been overlooked I will never know perhaps thats part of his allure, but I will never put this album back on the shelf!!!
'Lean On Me' has always been one of my favourite songs, it's perfect, timeless, and forever poignant. It has some of the most beautiful lyrics I've ever heard, and although it has been covered over the years by so many artists, the best version, for me at least, will always be that of the original by American singer-songwriter Bill Withers, who also can claim the song writing credit.
1972's 'Still Bill', his second studio album, contains 'Lean On Me', and a further nine excellent tracks. This 2003 re-issue extents this to twelve in total with two bonus tracks: 'Lonely Town, Lonely Street' and 'Let Me in Your Life', both of which were performed live Carnegie Hall in 1973.