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Editors’ Notes

Otis Redding’s death left a huge personality void in Memphis soul. It took a couple of years for Al Green to signal his ability and intention to fill it, but his 1970 Gets Next to You already presents an artist with most of his gifts and idiosyncrasies in place. The album opens with a slowed-down version of the Temptations’ recent frenetic hit “I Can’t Get Next to You” that allows plenty of room for a distracted lovesickness to rule, while “Tired of Being Alone” looks toward the mellow breakthrough of “Let’s Stay Together.” Green also hits hard on rockers — “Driving Wheel,” the funny “I’m a Ram” — and offers the reassuring gospel message of “God Is Standing By.” GetsNext to You is a stellar statement of direction and intent.

Customer Reviews

Al Green has changed my life

Go ahead- buy this album. Purchase it, and never look back. Al Green is BY FAR the most talented Soul singer of his age; never have I heard such a voice.

Third time's the charm.

This is [dollar for dollar] the funkiest the Reverend has even gotten on wax. Willie Mitchell was cooking some brilliant Memphis soul stew at Royal Studios, and after two decent efforts, we see the beginnings of Al Green's rise to popularity in the music charts. Surprisingly, the most-known cut "Tired Of Being Alone" was shelved from his first studio collaboration with Mitchell [Green Is Blues]. Buy this album for "Tired"; dig a little deeper for "You Say It" and a slow-burn cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire".

never get tired of Rev. Al

I grew up on Al Green music and "Tired of Being Lonely" is still a childhood favorite of mine.

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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