Bill Withers – Still Bill – Surprisingly Well Recorded Soul

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  • A stunning sounding copy with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one
  • Some of the best soul sound you’ll ever hear — incredibly natural, full-bodied and present
  • Excellent sound for the two hit singles — “Lean On Me” and “Use Me”.
  • Five Stars on Allmusic: “It’s warm and easily accessible, but it has a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous plays…”

This killer Sussex pressing was one of the best from our recent shootout. It positively massacred the other copies we put up against it with superb presence, top-notch clarity, full-bodied vocals and driving funky energy. I don’t think you could find a better sounding Bill Withers album no matter what you do. I wish there were more ’70s soul albums that sounded like this.

Many of Withers’ best songs are on here, such as ’Use Me’, ‘Who Is He (And What Is He To You)? and ‘Lean On Me’.

What the best sides of this Classic Soul album from 1972 have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl import pressings like this one offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1972
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with the guitars and drums having the correct sound for this kind of recording
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the studio

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now

Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Lonely Town, Lonely Street 
Let Me in Your Life 
Who Is He (And What Is He to You)? 
Use Me 
Lean on Me

Side Two

Kissing My Love 
I Don’t Know 
Another Day to Run
I Don’t Want You on My Mind
Take It All in and Check It All Out

AMG 5 Star Review

Bill Withers came into his own on his third album, Still Bill. Released in 1972, the record is a remarkable summation of a number of contemporary styles: the smooth soul coming out of Philly, smoky, late-night funk via Bobby Womack, bluesy Southern soul, and ’70s singer/songwriterism. It’s rich, subtly layered music, but its best attribute is that it comes on easy, never sounding labored or overworked… it’s warm and easily accessible, but it has a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous plays — and, given the sound and feel of the music, from the lush arrangements to his comforting voice, it’s easy to want to play this again and again… the greatest testament to his considerable gifts.