August 31, 2006

Whew (#3)

by Chris Randall
 



Okay, it isn't the Carnegie Hall concert, which is one of the most outstanding pieces of live concert you're ever gonna find (check the 8 minute version of Use Me he opens the show with), but Rev. Bill preaches it like a motherfucker in this footage from 1972. There are two songs in the clip. The first one is worth watching, for certain, but the bills start getting paid at 3:55. One of my all-time favorite singers, and IMO the most under-rated singer and band of all time. Those guys could hold a vamp like nobody's business. Color me crazy, but is that Joe Walsh on electric? Not sure about that, but it sure as fuck looks like him.


(Here is an iteration of "Ain't No Sunshine" if you're still feelin' it.)

 
 
 

8 comments:

 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 2:47 AM
dan s
I love no diggity, but it was a really long time since I heard it or Grandma's hands. And the other song was brilliant as well. Shit I feel really bad for not paying any attention to Bill back when I had my soul phase. But I guess it's never too late.
Cheers Chris keep this up!
 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 8:34 AM
UpAngel180
Great pick. Bill Withers is one of my favorites for old soul music.
 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 10:25 AM
cacealian
I like this new trend of posting video clips. You're pulling up some great stuff so far.
 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 10:53 AM
filjorgez
Gems! And what a segue from the love of grandma's hands to being used. thank you
 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 11:45 AM
Dave McAnally
Anyone ever listen to the Anchorman Soundtrack where Wil Farrell has the little intro for Use Me?

something like "In 1976, Evil Knievel, Sheryl Teagues and myself petitioned the United States congress to make this next song our new national anthem. And I'll be damned if we didn't come within three votes of getting it done. Now I'll let you decide, the Star Spangled Yawner, or this groovy tune by Bill Withers..."

Eh, its a lot funnier when he says it.

 
 

 
Aug.31.2006 @ 8:48 PM
Lindon
One of the greatest lyrics ever written(tho your milage may vary on other stuff from this guy):

"Bill Withers, was good to me.
Pretend I'm Bill and lean on me"

-- Kevin Rowlands & Dexy's Midnight Runners (version 1)

 
 

 
Sep.01.2006 @ 9:12 AM
UpAngel180
Any chance you can dig up a video of " I Can't Write Left Handed" from the Carnegie Hall Concert? That song sends chills up my spine.
 
 

 
Sep.01.2006 @ 12:13 PM
Chris Randall
There doesn't seem to be any video from the Carnegie Hall concert on YouTube. Believe me, I've looked. I've never actually seen the concert; I only have the record. Does anyone know if a DVD is available? There isn't anything on Amazon about it.

-CR

 
 

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