Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 469 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Smooth Soul, Funk | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2156 | 01:19:29

On par with the most treasured concert albums of the 60s and 70s, Bill Withers’ transformative Live at Carnegie Hall is a forgotten classic—an easygoing portrait of a down-home soul artist coming into his own in front of an audience eager to share every moment of his brilliance. Soothing with subtlety, charming with calmness, and healing with a vocal timbre as relaxing as his grooves, Withers uses the stage to expand the range of favorites and engage in dialog with the crowd. Distinguished with sonics that restore the performances’ balance and improve the soundstaging, this reissue takes you inside the venue.

Moreover, aspects that really make this concert document unique—the energetic crowd, Withers and his band’s willingness to extend arrangements, and the undeniable communicative bond between the performer and his fans—are brought into fuller relief. While most live albums give you the sense of what transpired, Mobile Fidelity’s reissue allows it to seem that what you’re hearing and sensing is happening right now, in the moment. You are as much a participant as listener. For this reason and more, Live at Carnegie Hall ranks with James Brown’s Live at the Apollo and B.B. King’s Live at the Regal. No small claims, but the proof is in the grooves.

The antithesis of the sweaty R&B shouter that prowls the edge of stages, Withers deals in mellowness and vulnerability, qualities that come to fore. The songs here span soul, blues, and folk and often times, contain elements of all three styles. Live at Carnegie Hall also deals with serious subject matter with unflinching honesty and simple directness. Companionship, poverty, war, maturity, family, and love all crop up within Withers’ tunes, yet the messages are never overly cumbersome or preachy. Credit goes to his easygoing style and relatable lyrics, not to mention a tight-as-a-vice band that on this night is simply “on.”

“One more time?” Withers asks in response to a request for another stanza during “Use Me,” and like the snap of fingers, his musicians are right back on cue, the crowd clapping along on every beat. This classic, as well as the instantly familiar “Ain’t No Sunshine,” poignant “Grandma’s Hands,” and all-time favorite “Lean On Me” are delivered with utmost soulfulness, passion, and electricity. Few, if any, live albums demonstrate such a bond between the crowd and artist as Live at Carnegie Hall. You’ll definitely want to be there.

A wonderful live album that capitalizes on Withers’ trademark melancholy soul sound while expanding the music to fit the room granted by a live show. Lovely versions of "Grandma’s Hands" and "Lean on Me" are balanced by heartfelt downbeat numbers like "Better Off Dead" and "I Can’t Write Left-Handed," the latter being an anti-war song with a chilling message. The set finishes off with the lengthy "Harlem/Cold Baloney," with lots of audience-pleased call-and-response going on. One of the best live releases from the ’70s.

Review by Steven McDonald, Allmusic.com

This rainy Friday night in October 1972 was less than a year and a half after Bill Withers’ commercial breakthrough allowed him to quit a day job in an aircraft parts factory, but the rising soul star holds the stage at one of the world’s most prestigious venues like a seasoned pro. Withers reminisces about his grandma’s church ("At the funeral they used to have tie the caskets down!") and describes the dating scene (he’s encountered many "ladies who are not too prone to trust anybody") as coolly as if he’s entertaining guests in his own living room. His band, propelled by drummer James Gadson and led by pianist Ray Jackson, roughs up "Use Me" to accentuate its carnality and plays the sweaty closer "Harlem/Cold Baloney" like part of a revival meeting.

Review by Keith Harris, RollingStone.com

Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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Tracklist:

01. Use Me (8:49)
02. Friend of Mine (4:29)
03. Ain’t No Sunshine (3:01)
04. Grandma’s Hands (5:24)
05. World Keeps Going Around (5:19)
06. Let Me in Your Life (4:26)
07. Better Off Dead (3:42)
08. For My Friend (3:08)
09. I Can’t Write Left Handed (6:53)
10. Lean on Me (5:47)
11. Lonely Town, Lonely Street (4:00)
12. Hope She’ll Be Happier (4:33)
13. Let Use Love (6:16)
14. Harlem/Cold Baloney (13:44)

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Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014] Audio CD Layer

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