Tuesday, May 28, 2013
CD Box Set of the Month - "Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums"
Bill Withers: "The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums" (Legacy)
The 9-disc set "Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums" celebrates the timeless artistry of an American master. The set includes the nine albums that Bill released between 1971 through 1985. The albums have been reproduced in their original jackets and have been newly mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award-winning engineer Mark Wilder, who worked with Arnaldo DeSouteiro in the remastering of such projects as Deodato's "Live at Felt Forum" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower."
Withers is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the recipient of ASCAP's 2006 Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award. His warm, rich and truthful voice speaks to real people, and real life, and he will tell you that it's more important to be real than to be rich.
He was 30 years old when he came out of the U.S. Navy in 1971. He made a living installing toilets in commercial jetliners, and then he decided to give music a try. His first two albums Just as I Am and Still Bill - featured "Ain't No Sunshine" (which became a huge dancefloor jazz hit in the hands of Sivuca) and "Lean on Me." The two singles sold more than a million copies each, and by the time he played Carnegie Hall in 1973, Bill Withers was acknowledged as a great American troubadour. Four decades later, his music still resonates with originality and universality.
The box set includes:
1. Just as I Am (Sussex, 1971)
2. Still Bill (Sussex, 1972)
3. Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall (Sussex, 1973)
4. +' Justments (Sussex, 1974)
5. Making Music (Columbia, 1975)
6. Naked & Warm (Columbia, 1976)
7. Menagerie (Columbia, 1977)
8. 'Bout Love (Columbia, 1978)
9. Watching You Watching Me (Columbia, 1985)