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Album Review

"Love songs" collections have become de rigueur around Valentine's Day, and EMI catalog imprint The Right Stuff's Al Green compilation puts a soul twist on the genre. The conceit, as usual, is that most pop singers spend most of their time singing about love anyway, and that's certainly the case with Green (that is, when he's not singing about God). The only categories of material that would seem to be off-limits are tracks that are a bit too up-tempo (the idea here is to feature ballads that will contribute to that romantic Valentine's Day mood) or that express romantic frustration. Thus, Green hits like "Can't Get Next to You" and "Tired of Being Alone" are out. But most of his output fits the concept, and the selection is heavily weighted toward his early-'70s hitmaking days. Technically, the collection stretches from 1967's "Guilty" to 2002's Ann Nesby hit "Put It on Paper," which featured Green. But 12 of the 17 tracks date from Green's 1972-1973 heyday, and ten of the 16 pop chart entries he scored between 1971 and 1975 are included. Hence, the album functions as a de facto hits collection as well. Beyond the hits, there are interesting, stretched-out interpretations of Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" and the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." Despite his religious commitment, Green has always been an accomplished loverman, and this album provides 17 convincing arguments why. [Fat Possum's 2013 reissue added a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

Lets stay together

Never gets old oh baby!!

I love Mr. Al Green

I never seen this album before BUT it has ALL the good jams on it!! I absolutely loves it😀

Classic Sensational Wonderful

This collection of tunes all on one album is nothing short of an amazing buffet of music for the soul. Great great classics. This album will have you feeling in love and heartbroken and back in love again as you venture through each song b


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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