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Bill Withers+'Justments

Label:Sussex – 19439882461, Sony Music Commercial Music Group – 19439882461, Sussex – SRA 8032
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Classics – C051
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Stereo, 180g
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul

Tracklist

A1You
BassMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Electric PianoRay Jackson
GuitarBenorce Blackmon
PianoJohn Barnes
Written By, VocalsBill Withers
5:18
A2The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
BassMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Electric PianoRay Jackson
HarpDorothy Ashby
Written By, Vocals, GuitarBill Withers
3:23
A3Stories
HarpDorothy Ashby
PianoJohn Barnes
Written By, VocalsBill Withers
2:42
A4Green Grass
BassMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Electric PianoJohn Barnes
HarpDorothy Ashby
Written By, Vocals, PianoBill Withers
3:08
A5Ruby Lee
Bass, Written ByMelvin Dunlap
Congas"Chip" Steen*
DrumsJames Gadson
Written By, Vocals, Electric PianoBill Withers
3:16
B1Heartbreak Road
BassMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Written By, Vocals, Electric PianoBill Withers
3:06
B2Can We Pretend
BassMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Electric PianoJohn Myles
GuitarJosé Feliciano
HarpDorothy Ashby
VocalsBill Withers
Written ByDenise Nicholas
3:47
B3Liza
Electric PianoJohn Myles
Written By, VocalsBill Withers
3:02
B4Make A Smile For Me
BassMelvin Dunlap
Written By, Vocals, Electric Piano, GuitarBill Withers
3:14
B5Railroad Man
Bass, Written ByMelvin Dunlap
DrumsJames Gadson
Electric Piano, ClavinetJohn Myles
Written By, Vocals, Keyboards [CMI Piano-Organ], EffectsBill Withers
6:24
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Credits

Notes

Hype sticker:
(AAA) Lacquers cut from tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Pressed on 180g black audiophile vinyl at QRP
Exclusive listening notes booklet by Briana Younger

Tip-on sleeve with poly-lined printed inner sleeve

© 1974, 2021 Sony Music Entertainment
℗ 1974 Sony Music Entertainment
Manufactured for Vinyl Me, Please by Sony Music Entertainment, 25 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-8601

Recorded at The Record Plant, L.A.
Dijobe Sound, Organge, Calif.
Withers' home
Mixed at The Record Plant, L.A.

All selections published by Interior Music Corp. (BMI) except A5, B5 published by Que-T Music (ASCAP) / Interior Music Corp. (BMI) and B2 published by Golden Withers (BMI)

℗ © 1974 Sussex Records, Inc.
© 1974, 2021 Sony Music Entertainment

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): SRA-8032-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): 19439882461A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): SRA-8032-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): 19439882461B
  • Other (Number on hype sticker): 19439882461S1
  • Other (Number on obi): 19439882461OS1
  • Other (Number on inner sleeve): 19439882461SV1
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A, etched, STERLING stamped): 19439882461-A RKS STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, etched, STERLING stamped): 19439882461-B RKS STERLING

Other Versions (5 of 28)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
+'Justments (LP, Album)A&M RecordsAMLH 68230UK1974
+'Justments (LP, Album, Stereo, Sonic Press)SussexSRA 8032US1974
+'Justments (LP, Album)SussexMLP 15.906Germany1974
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+'Justments (LP, Album)SussexLPSX 2UK1974
+'Justments (LP, Album)A&M Records, Sussex87 744 ITGermany1974
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RMlegshaver
This album sounds amazing. I can't imagine this pressing giving anything away to an original.
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djsgribbs
+'Justments: classic album in my personal cannon. Bill Withers most complete "vision" of what an album could be. this sits on my shelf next to Blood On The Tracks, Blue, 808s & Heartbreak, Hear My Dear and a few other dark masterpieces.

A/B comparisons of
-VMP Classics Pressing
-Orignal 1974 Monarch Pressing
-2010 Japanese digital remaster
-also i used to have a Sonic Pressing (no longer with me) but it wasn't a match for my Monarch

Takeaways:
-This album demands the quiet and open soundstage. The QRP pressing no surprise delivers. It takes songs "Can We Pretend" to another level.
-People always use the argument "I could just get this one in the $1 bin". No. No, you can't. There is a noticeable difference with pressings like this and the originals. Even an original Monarch doesn't quite have the same precision that's on display with the VMP.
-The Monarch is great in it's own right. Highly recommended. My copy has some moments of distortion on the high end. Same with the Sonic from what I remember. And it's just not quiet. I'm all in for the crackle and feel of old vinyl especially for some records. But when I hear Stories, I don't want to hear anything else in the room but me, Bill, that piano and that damn harp (check the credits: it's Dorothy Ashby). And when there is bass, it's so much more robust on this reissue. thank you Ryan Smith.
-I have always loved the Japanese digital remaster. It sounds very clean and smooth, but it does miss some of that air and feeling you get with the wax. Still this was previously my preferred source for listening.
-The major flaw with the VMP pressing is actually the jacket/inner. the colors are washed out compared to the original (or even the facsimile Japanese CD). The originals pop with color and life. little sad, but i'm in this for the music so I'll let it slide.

Highly recommend this pressing. the level of gain between the original and the VMP is similar to how Al Green Call Me bested its previous forms by a wide margin.
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rickypacific
Perfect sounding album. I have been listening to it front to back at a good volume. Such a warm soft sound. Dynamic soundstage just really perfectly balanced sounds on this one. It feels so nice to hear.
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One2vibe
Amazing album! From first track to final track. Pure treasure
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stuayoung
If only all of my records sounded this bloody good.
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Barnzee1090
Impeccable soundstage coming from this record. Love Bill and all that he did, this cut does the art justice.
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sonicpharmacist
For those commenting about not getting a booklet, I reached out to customer service, and there was an error, so they’ll be sending them separately.
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NoMusicNoPeace
VMP did a great all-around job on this. Sounds better than my minty Monarch pressing.
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tunevacoon
I see this quickly falling into one of my most played from the classics track. The pressing does an incredibly delightful album immense justice and then some.
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GaboWabo
I believe the note book did not come with this release, because I did not get one too.