Best known for the classics "Lean On Me" and "Just The Two Of Us," Bill Withers entered the music business relatively late in life. "Just As I Am," his first album, was released when the singer-songwriter was already in his 30's. Perhaps that is why this work seems so mature for a debut. Withers' voice is throaty, bluesy and buttery soft, his guitar work soulful, and lyrics gripping. He tells stories - little nuggets - that hold you from start to finish. "Harlem," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands" are true highlights of this work. The album is not available as a standalone disk, but is available on CD as a "two-fer" along with "the follow-up, "Still Bill."
Disk info. at Discogs:
Two-fer CD at Amazon:
(amazon.com) Just As I Am & Still Bill
(amazon.ca) Just as I Am & Still Bill