+'Justments

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+ 'Justments
Studio album by Bill Withers
Released 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul Funk
Length 38:01
Label Sussex Records
Producer Bill Withers
Melvin Dunlap
James Gadson
Bill Withers chronology
Live at Carnegie Hall
(1973)
+ 'Justments
(1974)
Making Music
(1975)

+'Justments is a 1974 album by Bill Withers, released by Sussex Records.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Legal tussles between Withers and Sussex prevented further recording sessions until Columbia signed the singer a year later. Columbia bought Withers' back catalog, re-releasing his earlier hit records, but +'Justments was not reissued on CD until 2010.

The album cover shows Withers writing the following explanation of the title:
"Life like most precious gifts gives us the responsibility of upkeep. We are given the responsibility of arranging our own spaces to best benefit our survival. We have the choice of believing or not believing in things like God, friendship, marriage, love, lust or any number of simple but complicated things. We will make some mistakes both in judgement and in fact. We will help some situations and hurt some situations. We will help some people and hurt some people and be left to live with it either way. We must then make some adjustments, or as the old people back home would call them, + 'JUSTMENTS."

"Can We Pretend" features José Feliciano on guitar and on Congas in "Railroad Man", that was after Bill Withers was a guest musician and composer on the José Feliciano album "Compartments" (1973, RCA records)

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bill Withers, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "You"   5:18
2. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh"   3:23
3. "Stories"   2:42
4. "Green Grass"   3:08
5. "Ruby Lee" (Melvin Dunlap, Bill Withers) 3:16
6. "Heartbreak Road"   3:06
7. "Can We Pretend" (Denise Nicholas) 3:47
8. "Liza"   3:02
9. "Make a Smile for Me"   3:14
10. "Railroad Man" (Melvin Dunlap, Bill Withers) 6:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Bill Withers - Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitar
  • José Feliciano, Benorce Blackmon – Guitar
  • José Feliciano, Congas (on "Railroad Man")
  • Melvin Dunlap - Bass
  • James Gadson - Drums
  • John Barnes - Piano
  • John Myles - Clavinet
  • Dorothy Ashby - Harp
  • Chip Steen - Conga

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[2] 67
Billboard Top Soul Albums[2] 7

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
Billboard Hot 100 US
R&B
1974 "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" 50 10
"You" 15
1975 "Heartbreak Road" 89 13

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kik, Quint. Bill Withers: + 'Justments > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Bill Withers US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Bill Withers US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-08-29.