Still Bill

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Still Bill
Still Bill.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1972
RecordedThe Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
GenreSoul
Length44:36
LabelSussex
ProducerBenorce Blackmon, Bill Withers, James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Ray Jackson
Bill Withers chronology
Just as I Am
(1971)
Still Bill
(1972)
Live at Carnegie Hall
(1973)
Singles from Still Bill
  1. "Lean on Me"
    Released: April 21, 1972
  2. "Use Me"
    Released: 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Billboard(favorable)[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA[3]
CreemB+[4]
PopMatters(favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine(favorable)[7]

Still Bill is the second studio album by American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1972 by Sussex Records. It includes two hit singles: "Lean on Me", which is number 205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[8] and went to number 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts in summer of 1972; and "Use Me", which went to number two on the same charts in fall of 1972.[9] It was certified Gold by the RIAA.[10]

The 2003 Columbia Records CD reissue includes two tracks from Withers' 1973 album Live at Carnegie Hall.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Withers has created the most credible persona of any of the upwardly mobile soul singers, avoiding Marvin Gaye's occasional vapidity, Donny Hathaway's overstatement, and Curtis Mayfield's racial salesmanship. He sounds straight, strong, compassionate. And don't be fooled by 'Lean on Me'—he's also plenty raunchy and he can rock dead out. The self-production here is adamantly spare, with Ray Jackson furnishing the hook of the year on 'Use Me,' one of the few knowledgeable songs about sex our supposedly sexy music has ever produced."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bill Withers, except where indicated.

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lonely Town, Lonely Street" 3:42
2."Let Me in Your Life" 2:41
3."Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"Withers, Stanley McKenny3:13
4."Use Me" 3:45
5."Lean on Me" 4:17
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Kissing My Love" 3:49
2."I Don't Know" 3:04
3."Another Day to Run"Withers, Benorce Blackmon4:38
4."I Don't Want You on My Mind" 4:34
5."Take It All In and Check It All Out" 2:42

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Soul Albums[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[11] 4
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[12] 71

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bill Withers: Still Bill > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Still Bill review". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1972. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 1972). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Hermann, Andy (January 24, 2003). "Bill Withers: Still Bill". PopMatters. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  6. ^ Wild, David (May 5, 2005). "Bill Withers: Still Bill". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Miller, Derek (July 26, 2005). "Bill Withers - Still Bill". On Second Thought. Stylus Magazine. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (Special Issue). December 2004. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on October 25, 2006.
  9. ^ "Still Bill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "American certifications – Withers, Bill – Still Bill". Recording Industry Association of America.
  11. ^ a b "Still Bill > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. archived at Library and Archives Canada (Volume 18, No. 14). November 18, 1972. Retrieved October 23, 2011.

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