Bill Withers - Just As I Am (1971) [DualDisc: CD + DVD] (2005 Legacy Remaster)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 221 MB | Scans JPG | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.98) - 85 MB
DVD - ISO | NTSC 4:3 | ~ 64 min | English PCM Stereo / Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 1,98 GB | Subs: EnglishGenre: soul | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: Columbia | CAT #CN 96420 | 2005
In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just as I Am gets rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued. Remastered and repackaged as a part of Sony's DualDisc series, Just as I Am gets cleaned up and presented to a new generation of listeners who may have missed out the first time. And with this remastering comes an intimacy, warmth, and immediacy to the recordings that was only hinted at with previous versions; it's almost as if Withers is in a living room singing to a small group of people, rather than making a record. Of course, the instantly recognizable anthem "Ain't No Sunshine" gets all of the acclaim it so richly deserves, but tracks like "Harlem" and "Better Off Dead" also warrant kudos for the intensity and maturity of their performances.