Bill Withers, Still Bill (1972)
I knew about some of the Bill Withers hits before I really knew anything about him. Those big songs were just everywhere – it is almost irrelevant to know who writes a song like Lean On Me. But then when I started to piece together all the great stuff that Withers had written it had added impact. I remember discovering one of his compilations and playing it in a store I worked in. Such happy music. Such a good vibe (even the dark, moody, stormy stuff). Since then I’ve gone back to the albums, Withers is a great rhythm guitar player, his acoustic guitar anchors his funk and soul. And the great James Gadson is one of my favourite drummers to hear; a great sense of dynamics. Still Bill is Withers’ second album and it’s got some killer songs on it. It plays through like a greatest hits. If you haven’t already, you should really see the documentary that was made recently, same name as this album. I almost wept watching it. Beautiful music, which I already knew. But what a beautiful, beautiful man.
Sample Track: I Don’t Want You On My Mind
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