The second Bill Withers album took off where Just As I Am had finished. At least that's the way it seems, but reading the liner notes really made it clear that the path for the 30 y/o aircraft fitter was anything but easy, even after the success of the first BW album. An under-resourced record company unwilling to push too hard with an artist who they couldn't pigeon-hole into a safe category was always going to be tough - producer Booker T Jones was no longer available, so in collaboration with his musical mates and mentors they put together a new band, new songs and produced it themselves; this line-up, plus the great Bobbye Hall on percussion, went on play the excellent Live At Carnegie Hall album too, though the directness of the recordings on that one is slightly lost in the overall live environment. Featuring Use Me and Lean on Me, it also includes one of the great opining verses for a song: 'A man we passed just tried to stare me down, when I looked at you, you looked at the ground. I don't know who he is, but I think that you do. Who is he and what is he to you...'
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Very swift delivery and professional service. The LP itself was for a friend but having had the privilege to listen to the album both previously and in this format I would simply say it is excellent and must be listened to