Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall (1973) [MFSL Remastered 2014]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 469 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Smooth Soul, Funk | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2156 | 01:19:29
On par with the most treasured concert albums of the 60s and 70s, Bill Withers’ transformative Live at Carnegie Hall is a forgotten classic—an easygoing portrait of a down-home soul artist coming into his own in front of an audience eager to share every moment of his brilliance. Soothing with subtlety, charming with calmness, and healing with a vocal timbre as relaxing as his grooves, Withers uses the stage to expand the range of favorites and engage in dialog with the crowd. Distinguished with sonics that restore the performances’ balance and improve the soundstaging, this reissue takes you inside the venue. Moreover, aspects that really make this concert document unique—the energetic crowd, Withers and his band’s willingness to extend arrangements, and the undeniable communicative bond between the performer and his fans—are brought into fuller relief. While most live albums give you the sense of what transpired, Mobile Fidelity’s reissue allows it to seem that what you’re hearing and sensing is happening right now, in the moment.