The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 30, 2000
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Although the Amazon.com reviewer incorrectly indicates that Bill only had two huge hits, "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me", he/she must have not have done his/her due diligence as "Use Me" and "Lovely Day" also were smashes, but Bill is not about his "hits" but about his amazing ability to sing songs that are sexy, smooth, spiritual and does it in an understated manner that does not come off as generic, but serves as an example of a true original.
Listening to this amazing release (which should be the only one to buy if you are in the market as there are at least 3 out there) you get a feeling of all being well with the world. The remastering is amazing and the songs sound even more effortless than ever yet they stick with you for days.
I am amazed at not having discovered a fuller spectrum of Bill's work until now, as all the non-hits sound at catchy and lovely as the hits. Again, I have to express my surprise at how a seemingly low key performer manages to put together songs that stay with you longer than any of the "anthems" or even better known songs and/or performers.
Buy this at once if you love melody and music that is as relevant today as when it was first released. In my opinion, this greatest hits package should appeal to those who are seeking every "neo-soul" artist that puts something out there but, with some exeptions, nothing is better than the real thing.
There is not a dud in this 18-song collection and I can't remember the last time that I have experienced that.
BW's voice is really good and how he sustains that looong note at the end of "Lovely Day" I'll never know. Just great music and great heartfelt soul from a curiously relatively unknown musician. A worthy addition to any cd collection and a lasting classic. If you are into great soul singing and well-written tracks, then this is the cd to get.
The front and back cover art is very tastefully done! Nice photos. The liner and it's notes are really well done... nice work guys! The case itself is very nice also... somewhat typical, but a little stronger built than most crystal cases.
Now for the songs. Lovely Day, Ain't No Sunshine, The Same Love That Made Me Laugh, Use Me and Just The Two Of Us are all headliners! And wow do they sound good here, remastered!
A few suprises are 'I Want To Spend The Night', 'Let Me Be The One You Need' and 'My Imagination'. I haven't heard those in years. Once again, wonderfully remastered.
I would give this collection 10 stars, but that isn't possible. This is a fantastic collection of 60's-70's soul. Soul music that has lived well beyond those years. Very polished, heartfelt songs that have a life of their own.
I encourage anyone who likes meaninful, well-done ballads and funky soul to buy this collection... you honestly couldn't get any better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the song lean on me and others like use me up. He's has a great singing voice.Published 2 days ago by and43y
A Good Collection of His Best Songs. Spanning from his earlier recording to when he changed record companies.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
These are all the songs that I remember from back in the day. I highly recommend this CD!Published 2 months ago by Mickey