Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Ain't No Sunshine" - Rated 285/500!
Just As I Am served as the launching pad for one of the most prolific
songwriting careers of our time.
Just As I Am catapulted Bill Withers into super-stardom in 1971. Featuring the
worldwide mega-hit and Grammy Award-winning "Ain't No Sunshine", Just As I Am,
Withers' debut album, established him as one of the premier singer/songwriters
of the era and brought the world a fresh look at Rhythm & Blues. Equipped with
an acoustic guitar and backed by three-quarters of Booker T. & the MGs and
Stephen Stills on guitar, Bill Withers recorded one of the biggest albums of the
'70s, producing the timeless hit "Ain't No Sunshine" along with the other
Withers essentials "Harlem", "Grandma's Hands", and "I'm Her Daddy". As a
testament to his talents, Bill Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of
Fame in 2005.
"When the 31-year-old Withers recorded 'Sunshine,' he was still working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s. He intended to write more lyrics for the part where he repeats the phrase 'I know' 26 times, but the other musicians told him to leave it." - Rolling Stone
• 180g Vinyl
Al Jackson, drums
Jim Keitner, drums
Booker T. Jones, guitar, keyboards
Stephen Stills, guitar
Bill Withers, guitar
Bobbie Hall Porter, percussion
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Chris Ethridge, bass
2. Ain't No Sunshine
3. Grandma's Hands
4. Sweet Wanomi
5. Everybody's Talkin'
6. Do It Good
7. Hope She'll Be Happier
8. Let It Be
9. I'm Her Daddy
10. In My Heart
11. Moanin' And Groanin'
12. Better Off Dead