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Bill Withers+'Justments

Label:Sussex – SRA 8032
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Sonic Press
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul

Tracklist

A1You5:18
A2The Same Love That Made Me Laugh3:23
A3Stories2:42
A4Green Grass3:08
A5Ruby Lee3:16
B1Heartbreak Road3:06
B2Can We Pretend3:47
B3Liza3:02
B4Make A Smile For Me3:14
B5Railroad Man6:24
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Sonic Recording Products, Inc. pressing denoted by SON etch in runouts.

Artisan Sound Recorders stamp in runouts resembles a record with two legs coming from the middle, in the shape of the letter "A".

Special thanks to Jose Feliciano who appears courtesy of RCA Records.

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  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): SRA-8032A
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): SRA-8032B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched): SRA 8032-A SON
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched): SRA 8032-B SON
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped, both runouts): [Artisan Sound Recorders logo]

Other Versions (5 of 28)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
+'Justments (LP, Album)A&M RecordsAMLH 68230UK1974
+'Justments (LP, Album)SussexMLP 15.906Germany1974
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+'Justments (LP, Album)SussexLPSX 2UK1974
+'Justments (LP, Album)A&M Records, Sussex87 744 ITGermany1974
+'Justments (LP, Album, Stereo, Monarch Press)SussexSRA 8032US1974

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Anyone who knows me best knows that I love when artists dwell on their personal lives to come up with their most introspective art. In short, I love personal albums. When assessing Bill Withers' short, yet fascinating canon, this underrated 1974 gem, +'Justments (pronounced "adjustments") happens to fit that bill as it was birthed from a personal space. Withers sat atop the very peak of his powers and popularity, while experiencing intense strife in his domestic life (for added context: his first marriage to actress and beauty phenom Denise Nicholas was often under public scrutiny, as the two were involved in a volatile, abusive relationship that only lasted two years.) The melancholic and confessional slant of several songs throughout '+Justments are sketched from Withers' troubled state of mind after the fallout of that marriage (dig if you will his scribed message on the album cover.) But, there are some languid, heartwarming moments scattered around this hazy, finely crafted lament that showed that he wasn't on the verge of losing his sanity (the tender lullaby of comfort to his niece, "Liza" stops me in my tracks every time, and the warm, laidback vibe of "Make a Smile For Me" is the ultimate self-care antidote.) He even flaunts his hippest slice of social commentary with "Green Grass," dousing it with matter-of-fact prophetizing that's hard to ignore. Never short on emotion, '+Justments is one of those great lost classics that are still ripe for rediscovery and understanding.