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Editors’ Notes

Al Green was one of the main soul artists who could turn from singles to albums with equal intensity. While so much soul music derived its power from its compact structure — and Green’s hits are a perfect manifestation of this — Green knew how to expand on a basic groove and make it something equally hypnotic while consistently shifting the dynamics. He would never go for the full-on epic style of Isaac Hayes or Barry White — or their lulling rhythms, but he would find ways to use his voice for terrific effect. It often isn’t the words that matter but the way his voice skates over the flow. This self-produced collection, his first without Memphis producer Willie Mitchell and the Hi Records rhythm section, gives Green the full freedom to let loose. “Loving You” is apocalyptic for a love song, swelling into ecstasy. “Georgia Boy” spends seven minutes shifting its backbeat to catch Green’s vocal pyrotechnics. “I Feel Good” and “Chariots of Fire” step up towards late-‘70s funk. Plenty of fire here.

Customer Reviews

awesome

I have no idea how he can sing so good! I wish I could...

Al Green is Truly Blessed...

All mighty God gave Al Green those vocal cords!! I absolutely ADORE the song Belle!

not a partial album

All the tracks from the original album is there. Fortunately, even if you by the album track by track, it's still a dollar less than most iTunes albums.

Biography

Born: April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, AR

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that...
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