Bill Withers – Making Music (1975/2009) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: September 4, 2022)

Bill Withers – Making Music (1975/2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:55 minutes | 823 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Released in 1975, Making Music is the fourth studio album by Bill Withers.  It peaked at #81 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Making Music is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer Bill Withers. It was also released in the UK as Making Friends. Making Music was released in 1975 and is Withers’ first album on Columbia Records due to Sussex Records folding in July 1975. The album charted at number seven on the R&B album charts. The album was released in the UK by CBS under the title of ‘Making Friends’ also in 1975.

It can prove somewhat difficult to place Bill Withers among his peers. Despite a brief revival thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, he will always remain something of an outsider to the soul movement. Starting out as an aircraft mechanic for the Navy, his performing career happened more or less by accident. Surprised to be invited to re-record his own demos — a modest Withers had intended his songs for others — he came forth with two brilliant albums chock-full of intriguing stories on mournful alcoholics, adulterers, and his late grandmother’s hands. His exceptional talent as a storyteller placed him perhaps more in league with West Coast singer songwriters like Stephen Stills, who helped out on his debut, Just as I Am. A Vietnam chant, “I Can’t Write Left Handed,” placed him further apart as a socially conscious performer. The accompanying album, Live at Carnegie Hall, makes clear Withers is about total commitment to the music and music alone. Once called “the poet Stax never had” by onetime producer Booker T., his influence on artists like Ben Harper and Erykah Badu is not to be taken lightly. Much of the above can be said about Making Music. Because of the regretful demise of Withers’ original label, Sussex, his fifth album was released on Columbia. It possesses the same down-to-earthiness and eye for ordinary day life as his former releases, though the production sometimes trades the organic “feel” for the familiar “end of the ’70s slickness.” He’s excused since at least he didn’t turn disco! No dancing across the floor for Bill: friends and family is what remains important to him, as becomes evident from the portrait on the album cover’s backside and in songs like “Family Table” and “Don’t You Want to Stay.” Even when a song does not seem to have a subject but itself (“Sometimes a Song”), Withers and band deliver it with an urgency that would make Barry White shiver. To stay on the subject: instead of White wondering “what he’s going to do with you,” wouldn’t you rather have Withers “Make Love to Your Mind”? –AllMusic Review by Quint Kik

01. Bill Withers – I Wish You Well (03:57)
02. Bill Withers – The Best You Can (02:22)
03. Bill Withers – Make Love to Your Mind (06:24)
04. Bill Withers – I Love You Dawn (02:36)
05. Bill Withers – She’s Lonely (05:16)
06. Bill Withers – Sometimes A Song (04:46)
07. Bill Withers – Paint Your Little Picture (05:43)
08. Bill Withers – Family Table (03:13)
09. Bill Withers – Don’t You Want to Stay? (04:04)
10. Bill Withers – Hello Like Before (05:30)

Bill Withers – Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Larry Nash – Keyboards, Melodica
James Jamerson, Louis Johnson, Bass
Ray Parker, Jr., Wah-Wah Watson, George Johnson, David T. Walker – Electric Guitar
Dennis Badimir – Acoustic Guitar
Dave Grusin – Keyboards
Harvey Mason, Sr. – Drums
Ralph MacDonald – Percussion
Ernie Watts – Soprano Sax
Paul Riser – Horn, Strings
Jim Gilstrap, Augie Johnson, Caroline Willis, Myrna Matthews, Tom Babler – Backing Vocals


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