Menagerie

Label
Columbia/Legacy
Release date
1977
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
51:53

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Lovely Day 4:17 273,928
2 I Want to Spend the Night 3:41 46,931
3 Lovely Night for Dancing 5:48 8,837
4 Then You Smile at Me 4:53 3,116
5 She Wants to (Get on Down) 3:15 3,044
6 It Ain't Because of Me Baby 3:30 5,783
7 Tender Things 5:00 16,329
8 Wintertime 3:16 2,609
9 Let Me Be the One You Need 4:44 26,048
10 Rosie (Previously Unreleased Demo) 4:11 968
12 Let Me Be The One You Need (Instrumental Mix) 4:39 1,733
12 Let Me Be The One You Need (Instrumental) 4:39 248

About this album

Menagerie is the sixth studio album by American R&B singer Bill Withers, released in on the Columbia label.

Reception:
Menagerie is overall more uptempo and less introspective in feel than Withers’ previous albums. None of the songs tackle intensely personal emotions of the kind which lent a dark edge to earlier Withers tracks such as “Use Me”, “Better off Dead” or “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?”. The arrangements are also generally upbeat and breezy, with “I Want to Spend the Night” and “Tender Things” having a distinct Latin feel, and “Lovely Night for Dancing” and “She Wants to (Get on Down)” showing disco influences. The lead single “Lovely Day” has gone on to become one of Withers’ signature songs, particularly in the UK, where it was a top 10 hit both on its original release and again in a remixed version in .

Menagerie peaked at #16 on the R&B chart and #39 on the Billboard 200. It was Withers’ biggest-selling album in the UK, where it reached #27.

Track listing:
1. Lovely Day (Bill Withers, Skip Scarborough) – 4:15
2. I Want to Spend the Night (Withers) – 3:41
3. Lovely Night for Dancing (Withers) – 5:51
4. Then You Smile at Me (Withers, Clarence McDonald) – 4:54
5. She Wants to (Get on Down) (Withers, Larry Nash) – 3:15
6. It Ain’t Because of Me Baby (Withers, Michael Jones) – 3:31
7. Tender Things (Withers) – 5:02
8. Wintertime (Cliff Coulter) – 3:17
9. Let Me Be the One You Need (Withers, Scarborough) – 4:44

Personnel:
Bill Withers – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Clarence McDonald, Cliff Coulter, Dean Grant – Keyboards
Ray Parker, Jr. – Guitar
Jerry Knight, Keni Burke – Bass
Russ Kunkel – Drums, Shaker

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  • Mii85

    Great album and funny album art.

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