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The Best of Bill Withers: Lovely Day

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Bill Withers 10/12/1998

Review

A highlight within Sony's already impressive Bill Withers reissue campaign was this, a 20-track collection that spanned the singer's full Sussex and Columbia careers, to illustrate just what a broad range of material he was producing in his prime. The big hits ("Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me," "Lovely Day") are dispensed with very early on. From there, the album ranges through the full range of Withers' catalog, hitting all the expected highlights -- and if the lion's share of material comes from the first two albums and 1977's Menagerie, then that's only to be expected. But 1985's generally overlooked Watching You Watching Me at least turns in its excellent title track, and there are some fine moments from Making Music as well. Of course, a mere "best-of" is no substitute for the full Withers experience, but anyone seeking a well-rounded introduction to the man, or fans who just want something to spin in the car, will find Lovely Day an indispensable summary. ~ Dave Thompson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lovely Day Bill Withers 4:15
  3. 2 Just The Two Of Us Bill Withers 3:56
  4. 3 Use Me Bill Withers 3:45
  5. 4 Kissing My Love Bill Withers 3:50
  6. 5 Harlem/Cold Baloney Bill Withers 3:23
  7. 6 Lonely Town Lonely Street Bill Withers 3:43
  8. 7 Ain't No Sunshine Bill Withers 2:5
  9. 8 Who Is He (And What Is He To You) Bill Withers 3:13
  10. 9 Sweet Wanomi Bill Withers 2:33
  11. 10 I Don't Want You On My Mind Bill Withers 4:35
  12. 11 The Same Love That Made Me Laugh Bill Withers 3:24
  13. 12 I Don't Know Bill Withers 3:6
  14. 13 Grandma's Hands Bill Withers 1:59
  15. 14 Better Off Dead Bill Withers 2:15
  16. 15 Take It All In And Check It All Out Bill Withers 2:34
  17. 16 I Want To Spend The Night Bill Withers 3:20
  18. 17 Hello Like Before Bill Withers 5:28
  19. 18 Hope She'll Be Happier Bill Withers 4:27
  20. 19 Lean On Me Bill Withers 4:15

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