Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall (1973)
I have bought this album at least twice – maybe this is even my third copy; I know the CD version was my introduction and I played it so much. I had a best of and then was hipped to the live album – some of its versions are better, there’s a momentum to them and the banter is superb. Bill Withers is the best and after hearing this I was off to work through all of the studio albums – but this is him at his peak. Those two perfect studio albums and then this – I mean listen to the opening rendition of Use Me; the churn of the groove, the way Withers whips the audience into a frenzy. It’s too much. This is one of the all-time great live records. A must. A must. (And the reason I’ve bought it more than once is because I’ve gifted copies to people I’ve introduced it to).
Sample Track: I Can’t Write Left-Handed
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