Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall - (Import CD)
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- Mono / Stereo
- Live at Carnegie Hall
Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York in October 1972. Includes liner notes by Clayton Riley and Bill Withers.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Recorded at the peak of Bill Withers's popularity, LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL also finds the 1970s R&B giant at the top of his game. The way Withers and his band dig into the angular, hypnotic groove of "Use Me" is emblematic of the combination of funky intensity and laid-back soul that typifies both his music and this concert document.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, someone had the misbegotten notion of overdubbing unnecessary strings onto many of the songs here, keeping the listener one step removed from fully experiencing the event as it occurred. However, that still doesn't obscure the world-beating power of both the band's supple groove and Withers's singular soulfulness. Obviously a man who lives his songs, Withers is just as entertaining when delivering a monologue about his late grandmother as he is in performing the nostalgic "Grandma's Hands." And on "World Keeps Going Around" and the medley of "Harlem/Cold Baloney," his gang of stellar musicians gets an extended workout, laying into the music for all its worth, and expanding on the big footprint Withers had already made with his studio work.
- Country of Origin
- Columbia (USA)
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- Bill Withers
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Use Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Friend of Mine
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Ain't No Sunshine
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Grandma's Hands
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] World Keeps Going Around
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Let Me in Your Life
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Better Off Dead
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] For My Friend
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] I Can't Write Left-Handed
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Lean on Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Lonely Town, Lonely Street
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Hope She'll Be Happier
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Let Us Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Harlem / Cold Baloney
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
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