Bill Withers – Lovely Day: The Very Best Of (2005)

Bill Withers - Lovely Day: The Very Best Of (2005)
Artist: Bill Withers
Album: Lovely Day: The Very Best Of
Genre: Soul, Smooth Soul, R&B
Origin: USA
Released: 2005
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
01. Lovely Day
02. Use Me
03. Just The Two Of Us (with Grover Washington Jr)
04. Lean On Me
05. Ain’t No Sunshine
06. I Don’t Know
07. Who Is He (And What Is He To You?)
08. Harlem
09. Kissing My Love
10. Hello Like Before
11. Let Me Be The One You Need
12. Watching You, Watching Me
13. In The Name Of Love (with Ralph MacDonald)
14. Tender Things
15. Lonely Town, Lonely Street
16. I Don’t Want You On My Mind
17. Grandma’s Hands
18. I Want To Spend The Night
19. Lovely Night For Dancing
20. I Wish You Well

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A highlight within Sony’s already impressive Bill Withers reissue campaign was this, a 20-track collection that spanned the singer’s full Sussex and Columbia careers, to illustrate just what a broad range of material he was producing in his prime. The big hits (“Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Lovely Day”) are dispensed with very early on. From there, the album ranges through the full range of Withers’ catalog, hitting all the expected highlights — and if the lion’s share of material comes from the first two albums and 1977’s Menagerie, then that’s only to be expected. But 1985’s generally overlooked Watching You Watching Me at least turns in its excellent title track, and there are some fine moments from Making Music as well. Of course, a mere “best-of” is no substitute for the full Withers experience, but anyone seeking a well-rounded introduction to the man, or fans who just want something to spin in the car, will find Lovely Day an indispensable summary.
Review by Dave Thompson

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