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Just As I Am

13 Oct. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Oct. 2005
  • Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 35:32
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  • ASIN: B001IDC29K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,138 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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This is one of my favourite albums of the early Seventies - and at last - in 2012 - a mere 40 years after the event - "Just As I Am" by Bill Withers is finally getting the sound quality its always deserved and needed.

As a "Hall Of Fame" reviewer and long-time contributor to Amazon - I've raved about Britain's BIG BREAK RECORDS before and have bought and reviewed over 40 of their reissue titles. Each has been uniformly superb - especially for those of us looking for great sound quality rather than the half-hearted efforts thrown at us by the majors (when they can be bothered). But BBR has excelled in every way on this lovely and timely reissue. The remaster on this sucker is TRULY GORGEOUS - and after decades of the occasional track on a compilation in only-ok sound - fans of this great songwriter will be duly taken aback by the clarity on offer here. Here are the details...

UK released 7 May 2012 as a '40th Anniversary' issue (15 May 2012 in the USA) – "Just As I A" by BILL WITHERS on Big Break Records CDBBR 0143 (Barcode 5013929044333) is a straightforward CD Remaster of his debut album and plays out as follows (35:41 minutes):

1. Harlem
2. Ain’t No Sunshine
3. Grandma’s hands
4. Sweet Wanomi
5. Everybody’s Talkin'
6. Do It Good
7. Hope She’ll Be Happier – [Side 2]
8. Let It Be Me
9. I’m Her Daddy
10. In My Heart
11. Moanin' And Groanin'
12. Better Off Dead
Tracks 1 to 12 are his debut album "Just As I Am" - released May 1971 in the USA on Sussex Records SXBS-7006 and June 1971 in the UK on A&M Records AMLS 65002.
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Ain't no sunshine is one of my favourite tracks of all time, and I've been interested Bill Withers' music for quite some time. I first heard ain't no sunshine in the film 'notting hill' and I love the song because it reflects the reality of lost love, and I use it as when I'm having a bad day, and I find this track a very standout one. There are many great tracks in this record that I gave it 5 stars.
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Bill Withers didn't follow the usual path of a Soul man, not for him the stabbing brass of Southern Soul, the "on the fours" Motown sound, or the extended workouts just becoming popular at the time this was originally released. His was a more Folk oriented approach, with spare arrangements for the most part, which emphasised the quality of the songwriting, but which still had a Soul groove.

For a debut album this is an amazing collection, dominated by Wither's highly original take on some old topics (as well as a few new ones) with Booker T's production providing the perfect backdrop. The opener, Harlem, builds from a simple acoustic guitar riff, through pounding drums, adding organ and strings to a superb climax, "Ain't No Sunshine" needs no words from me, and "Grandma's Hands" is one of those original topics, beautifully rendered in just 2 minutes. There can seldom have been a better start to an album than these 3.

Other stand-put tracks are his version of "Let It Be", taken to church (where it always belonged??) with organ and tambourine and not much else, "I'm Her Daddy", which captures the pain of absent fatherhood and "Better Off Dead", whose jaunty tone belies a bleak and original subject matter. Tracks like "Hope She'll Be Happier", and "Moanin and Groanin" typify the spare production which served him best, while he does a straight rendition of "Everybody's Talking" which almost segues straight from his original "Sweet Wainomi".

As one of the greats of '70's Soul, WIthers debut album deserves the widest possible audience. If you have recently heard Michael Kiwanuka, without knowing one of his main influences, then get a copy of this. An essential purchase.
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Bill Withers' debut album at last gets a reissue on cd. Its a great package with in depth sleeve notes and period photos. The quality of the remaster is terrific with a really warm natural sound. I don't understand why Withers is so under-rated. His early work ranks up there with his soul contemporaries Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes.

His second album Still Bill is if anything even better and received a similarly great release by Sony back in 2003 - it's still available so you should buy that one too......
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Good quality, no messing about, it was so easy to purchase. I just looked on line Bought it! Listening To it!...
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