Bill Withers releases ‘Just As I Am,’ his debut album featuring ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ (1971)

Bill Withers<' 'Just As I Am' feat. 'Ain't No Sunshine' is his debut studio album released in May 1971 by Sussex.

Track Listing : 1.Harlem (Bill Withers) – 03:23 . 2.Ain’T No Sunshine (Bill Withers) – 02:04 . 3.Grandma’S Hands (Bill Withers) – 02:00 . 4.Sweet Wanomi (Bill Withers) – 02:34 . 5.Everybody’S Talkin’ (Fred Neil) – 03:26 . 6.Do It Good (Bill Withers) – 02:53 . 7.Hope She’Ll Be Happier (Bill Withers) – 03:49 . 8.Let It Be (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 02:35 . 9.I’M Her Daddy (Bill Withers) – 03:17 . 10.In My Heart (Bill Withers) – 04:20 . 11.Moanin’ And Groanin’ (Bill Withers) – 02:59 . 12.Better Off Dead (Bill Withers) – 02:16

Musicians : Bill Withers – Guitar, Vocals . Stephen Stills – Guitar . Chris Ethridge – Bass . Jim Keltner – Drums . Booker T. Jones – Guitar, Keyboards . Bobbye Hall Porter – Percussion . Donald “Duck” Dunn – Bass . Al Jackson, Jr. – Drums

Production : Produced By Booker T. Jones Bill Halverson – Engineer . Bill Lazerus – Engineer

Package : Paul Bevoir – Design . Norbert Jobst – Photography

Recorded In May 1971 At Sunset Sound Wally Heider Studios (Hollywood, California).

Released In May 1971 By Sussex.

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“Ain’t No Sunshine,” off the debut album, sold over one million copies and netted the singer a Grammy Award. This was clearly meant to be; the album’s opening cut “Harlem” was the intended single, but prescient DJs turned the 45 over, preferring the scorching funk and passion of “Sunshine” instead. […]

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Robert Christgau
With faultness production from Booker T.–even the strings are taut–this is an unusually likable and listenable middlebrow soul LP. As befits a strummer of acoustic guitars, Withers is more folk than popand when he adds folk seriousness to a gospel fervor… […]

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