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Just as I Am (Bill Withers album)

Just As I Am
Studio album by Bill Withers
Released May 1971
Recorded 1971 at Sunset Sound
Wally Heider Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Soul, smooth soul, R&B
Length 35:46
Label Sussex
Producer Booker T. Jones
Bill Withers chronology
Just As I Am
Still Bill
Singles from Just As I Am
  1. "Ain't No Sunshine"
    Released: June 1971
  2. "Grandma's Hands"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
Allmusic [2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
PopMatters [5]
Sputnikmusic (4.3/5)[6]
Uncut [7]
Uptown (A)[8]

Just As I Am is the debut studio album of American soul musician Bill Withers, released in 1971 on Sussex Records. The album features the hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", which was ranked at number 280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[9] Booker T. Jones produced, arranged, and played keyboards on Just As I Am. The album was later reissued as a dual disc with a second disc featuring all the tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound.


  • Track listing 1
  • Chart history 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Later Samples 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Bill Withers; except where indicated. 

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Harlem"     3:23
2. "Ain't No Sunshine"     2:04
3. "Grandma's Hands"     2:00
4. "Sweet Wanomi"     2:34
5. "Everybody's Talkin'"   Fred Neil 3:26
6. "Do It Good"     2:53
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hope She'll Be Happier"     3:49
2. "Let It Be"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 2:35
3. "I'm Her Daddy"     3:17
4. "In My Heart"     4:20
5. "Moanin' and Groanin'"     2:59
6. "Better Off Dead"     2:16

Chart history

Chart (1971) Peak
U.S. Billboard Black Albums[10] 5
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[10] 39
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[11] 37


Later Samples


  1. ^ Santella, Jim (16 December). "Bill Withers: Just As I Am". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Theakston, Rob. > Review"Just As I Am"Bill Withers: at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bill Withers". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Endelman, Michael (5 December). (2005): Bill Withers"Just as I Am".  
  5. ^ Layman, Will (14 November 2005). "Bill Withers: Just As I Am".  
  6. ^ "Just As I Am"Bill Withers .  
  7. ^ "Bill Withers - Just As I Am".  
  8. ^ "CD Reviews".  
  9. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".  
  10. ^ a b "Just As I Am > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  11. ^ "RPM 100 Albums".  

External links

  • – Just As I AmBill Withers at Discogs (list of releases)
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