Just as I Am (Bill Withers album)

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Just As I Am
Studio album by Bill Withers
Released May 1971
Recorded 1971 at Sunset Sound
Wally Heider Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Soul, smooth soul, R&B
Length 35:46
Label Sussex
Producer Booker T. Jones
Bill Withers chronology
Just As I Am
Still Bill
(1972)Still Bill1972
Singles from Just As I Am
  1. "Ain't No Sunshine"
    Released: June 1971
  2. "Grandma's Hands"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz(favorable)[1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
PopMatters8/10 stars[5]
Uncut5/5 stars[7]

Just As I Am is the debut studio album of American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1971 on Sussex Records. The album features the hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", which was ranked at number 280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[9] Booker T. Jones produced, arranged, and played keyboards on Just As I Am. The album was later reissued as a dual disc with a second disc featuring all the tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bill Withers; except where indicated.

Side A
1."Harlem" 3:23
2."Ain't No Sunshine" 2:04
3."Grandma's Hands" 2:00
4."Sweet Wanomi" 2:34
5."Everybody's Talkin'"Fred Neil3:26
6."Do It Good" 2:53
Side B
1."Hope She'll Be Happier" 3:49
2."Let It Be"John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:35
3."I'm Her Daddy" 3:17
4."In My Heart" 4:20
5."Moanin' and Groanin'" 2:59
6."Better Off Dead" 2:16

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[10] 5
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[10] 39
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[11] 37


Later Samples[edit]


  1. ^ Santella, Jim (16 December 2005). "Bill Withers: Just As I Am". AllAboutJazz.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Theakston, Rob. "Bill Withers: Just As I Am > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bill Withers". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Endelman, Michael (5 December 2005). "Just as I Am (2005): Bill Withers". Entertainment Weekly. Time (#853). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Layman, Will (14 November 2005). "Bill Withers: Just As I Am". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bill Withers Just As I Am". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bill Withers - Just As I Am". Uncut. London: IPC Media. ISSN 1368-0722. Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "CD Reviews". Uptown. Winnipeg: Fanfare Communications Group. 1 December 2005. Bill Withers Just As I Am. ISSN 1180-9906. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. 
  9. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (Special Issue). December 2004. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. 
  10. ^ a b "Just As I Am > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. archived at Library and Archives Canada (Volume 16, No. 5). 18 September 1971. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 

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