Tuesday, 4 March 2008

+’Justments by Bill Withers

Produced by Bill Withers, James Gadson and Melvin Dunlap

(1974 Sussex Records)

It is terribly lazy to release endless compilations of artists such as Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers when their music was created to be heard in album form. Side one of Bill Withers “Making Music” is virtually a continuous soulful exercise and to butcher it for a compilation, rather that release the original masterpiece, borders on an Art crime. Here again we have another Bill Withers album that is unavailable in any form other than the original Vinyl. The music monopolies would never be so irreverent to the Beatles or Madonna.

+’Justments is Bill Withers third studio album. It has a guest appearance by Dorothy Ashby playing Harp on "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" and Jose Feliciano is featured on "Railroad Man". +'Justments is less successful than its predecessors because the songs on offer are not that strong. "Ruby Lee" has a sweet bass-line and "Heartbreak Road" has a great feel but they come across as improvisational extentions rather than fully fledged songs. "Railroad Man " is a case in point. The charm of the song "Liza" is undeniable and "Make A Smile For Me" is simply beautiful.

Recorded at The Record Plant, LA

Side A

1. You

2. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh

3. Stories

4. Green Grass

5. Ruby Lee

Side B

1. Heartbreak Road

2. Can We Pretend

3. Liza

4. Make A Smile For Me

5. Railroad Man



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Thad said...

Thanks for posting this. I've been curious as to what he sounded like after "Still Bill" but before the adult contemporary years.

cheeba said...

I think Making Music is one of the best singer-songwriter albums of the 70s. It was the album James Taylor, Jackson Browne, etc wish they could have made. Withers is still criminally under-appreciated.

Never heard +Justments before, though. Greatly looking forward to it. Thanks for putting it out there!

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djandpete said...

thank you

Pat Kingi said...

Thanks for this - Justments is one of my all time favourite LPs - still got 2 copies. Great to have it in mp3 format. Heartbreak road is a great track - I have used the break for my radio show sting for years..


Cupcakes & Apple$auce said...

Thank you!!!

Tone. said...

Hey thanks very much for this. I absolutely love this album and lost my vinyl copy back about 1996...you've made my day and probably weekend. Thank you.

Bill said...

One I missed, many thanks for the share.