I came across this while looking for a clip of the song for another thread over in IMHO.
But - just listen to this. You’ve got an acoustic, an electric, a bass, drums and a guy playing the main riff on clavinet/keyboards (and god what a great tone - like Stevie Wonder for Superstitious).
Simple instrumentation - and the guys all look so cool and laid back that I am surprised they aren’t falling off their stools asleep - but damn if they aren’t totally locked in and don’t completely fill up the space. And that electric guitar gets to wander just enough to be the spice in the mix, adding a harmonic line to the keyboard riff or a bit of a lick right after Withers sings a line.
And his voice. Jeez what an instrument.
That is all. It looks like what they are doing is as easy as riding a bike - and I am here to tell you: it most certainly is not. And boy is that a bike I want to be riding.