December 8, 2021 – 6:03 am

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London 1973 [no label, 1CD]

BBC In Concert. Live at the Paris Theatre, London, UK; November 1, 1973. Very good BBC broadcast.

Thanks to Soledriver for sharing the show at Dime.

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Bill Withers, a onetime Navy aircraft mechanic who, after teaching himself to play the guitar, wrote some of the most memorable and often-covered songs of the 1970s, including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me.” He
had an evocative, gritty R&B voice that could embody loss or hope, was in his 30s when he released his first album, “Just as I Am,” in 1971. It included “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a mournful lament (“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone/And she’s always gone too long/Anytime she goes away”) that cracked the Billboard Top 10. Other hits followed, perhaps none better known than “Lean on Me,” an anthem of friendship and support that hit No. 1 in 1972 and has been repurposed countless times by a variety of artists. But after the 1985 album “Watching You Watching Me,” frustrated with the music business, Withers stopped recording and performing. Withers passed away in March 2020. He was 81.

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Simmdale, The Traders’ Den:

This one is part of the acclaimed BBC ‘In Concert’ series from the early 1970s. A lot of the popular big name musicians of the time did one of these programs through the years. Done on a closed studio set with a audience, these were always very well staged and intimate productions that really showed the artist’s personality and well as his/her craft. This is a wonderful Bill Withers performance done in 1973 where he does several songs in this show that have now become absolute “Classics”. If you are even a casual fan of Bill Withers, this one is really not to be missed.

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BBC Broadcast > Tascam DA-20 Mk 2 DAT machine > Tascam CD-RW700 CDr recorder… no EQ
CDr > EAC > Audacity (Normalisation and Tracking) > Traders Little Helper > Flac8 sector aligned

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Track 01. Aint No Sunshine 3:16
Track 02. Lonely Town Lonely Street 5:49
Track 03. Grandma’s Hands 2:33
Track 04. Use Me 4:19
Track 05. Let Me In Your Life 4:11
Track 06. Lean On Me 4:24
Track 07. Harlem 4:28
29 mins

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  1. 18 Responses to “BILL WITHERS - LONDON 1973”

  2. This darkie had a hoagie in his pants I hear . An oversized hoagie . Big .

    By ELU on Dec 8, 2021

  3. Fantastic stuff Big O, thanks.

    By Trevor Smith on Dec 8, 2021

  4. Rumor has it Bill had a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 8, 2021

  5. Of course

    By U L E on Dec 8, 2021

  6. Great stuff , a black gentleman who sang soulful mournful songs from the heart . No disgusting hip hop in those days . Hip hop turned black gentlemen into black apes .

    By HHH on Dec 8, 2021

  7. Also no tattoos, shorts hanging below their ass cheeks , baby mamas and baby daddy’s as well as athletes acting like gorillas in heat ( see Lebron James ) .

    By HHH on Dec 8, 2021

  8. No need to have a white mudshark and a bunch of kinky haired mixed kids either . It was a different time , a better time . Hip hop turned black gentleman into black apes . Back then blacks dressed and spoke well . Listen to how articulate Kareem Abdul Jabbar / Lew Alcindor speaks , compare that to the atlhletes of today . Of course he came from an intact black family and graduated from college. Something the apes of today have no interest in .

    By HHH on Dec 8, 2021

  9. He might be my dad, Mom fucked a lot of guys who looked like him.

    By DD on Dec 8, 2021

  10. Read my asinine comments and you’ll see how a white trash loser who shits his pants and eats his own shit thinks.

    By HHH on Dec 8, 2021

  11. Other than Trevor, we can see there is an amazing talent of people in this world. Fostering inclusion and diversity.

    By nirob on Dec 8, 2021

  12. Twernt me above all fakes

    By U L E on Dec 8, 2021

  13. The “high” from using racial epithets doesn’t last long. That’s why HHH and company persist in using them. What a rush it must be to use words like “ape” and “mudshark.” Being a rational, logical, decent human being, typing those words brought me no joy-and I’m grateful for that. In fact, I’m grateful I was raised by parents and in a community where that kind of thinking and speech were unacceptable.

    By Mark on Dec 9, 2021

  14. I’m really in the mood for this one right now, to the point I don’t mind stepping over the trolls to say thanks. Never knew or thought much about Bill’s shlong, but glad to learn his member’s girth apparntly pleases so many.

    By rev.b on Dec 9, 2021

  15. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Dec 10, 2021

  16. Antichrist, Derrick, Nelson, Jussie Smolette guilty on 5 of 6 charges . The littie gay ape will get all the penis he can handle in prison. Looks like 15 to 25 years .

    By HHH on Dec 10, 2021

  17. HHH It’s astounding how wrong you can be about so many things. Smollet is looking at probation and a fine, and possibly up to three years in prison, NOT 10 to 15 years. If I were the judge I’d give him the full three years because he perjured himself on the witness stand.

    By Mark on Dec 10, 2021

  18. Sorry, I get most things wrong these days. Old age…

    By HHH on Dec 10, 2021

  19. And also I don’t know why I address to just Antichrist, Derrick and Nelson, because they are no longer here on this site .

    By HHH on Dec 10, 2021

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