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Greatest Hits by Bill Withers
Bill Withers has written two bona fide classics ("Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me"), recorded a slew of memorable hits, and had songs covered by everyone from Joe Cocker to Isaac Hayes to Kiss. Still, he's underappreciated. His voice is smooth, his singing is subtle, and his songs move along over sinuous, sexy grooves. It's all so effortless that it's easy to overlook how substantial Withers's work really is. Never flashy, his best songs burn with a heat that lingers long after the last note has been played. This slender 10-track collection brings together a few songs from his remarkable early-'70s Sussex albums, including such hits and near hits as "Grandma's Hands," "Who Is He? (And What Is He to You?)," and the seriously funky "Use Me," as well as some gems from the later '70s (including "Lovely Day"). Greatest Hits is a nice, succinct introduction to Withers's work, but fans would be better off with the more complete Lean on Me career overview. --Percy Keegan
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Original Release Date : 1989
- Run time : 36 minutes
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B0000025LU
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,843 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The album is excellent but three album cover was iconic. I bought this specifically for the album cover and instead got a knockoff.
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Bill Withers wrote some truly wonderful songs and had a great voice to boot. He’s now in his mid70’s.
Ain’t No Sunshine, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day & Lean on Me are all awesome songs and to write four as good as that is an incredible achievement.
‘Grandma’s Hands’ is also a really nice song and so Gregory Porter – its unsurprising then that Withers was a big influence on Gregory!
The only track not written by Bill on this album is ‘Soul Shadows.’
Surprisingly Withers had only moderate success with his albums, though
’ Still Bill’ did hit the number one spot in the American R&B charts and made number four in the Billboard.
Bill also had limited success in the UK. I find it staggering that ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ only reached number 40 in our singles chart, though ‘ Lovely Day’ has had two top 10 entries over the years.
This is a fine album for sure, with some outstanding quality and is undoubtedly very easy listening. Like a lot of ‘greatest hits’ albums nothing quite matches the aforementioned four classics.