Al Green soul classics
Twelve classic Al Green songs.
Soul gems from the early 1970s, highlighting the amazingly flexible voice and vocal artistry of Al Green and arrangements of studio boss Willie Mitchell.
Taken at a dramatically slow tempo, this is a moving version of the classic song made famous by the Righteous Brothers.From the album Livin' For You.
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
One of Green’s finest vocal performances. He breaths the words, uses silence with wonderful dramatic effect. Great drum patterns and sparse organ fills. From Let’s Stay Together.
Let's Stay Together
Perhaps his best known song. A lovely melody which he carries boldly, with high pitched trills and unique phrasing.
Take Me To The River
Green starts by dedicating this song to his deceased cousin Junior Parker. A strong melody and vocal tour de force make this a standout track.
Tired Of Being Alone
Al Green had to argue with the record company to release this classic soul song as a single. Every note, every beat of the drum, every measured cymbal crash is perfectly placed.
Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)
Strangely unknown, for it’s a fantastic track. From Al Green Is Love.
For The Good Times
A Kriss Kristofferson song in which Green, accepting the affair is over, asks his lover to spend one more night with him. A beautiful, poignant song suited to Green’s passionate phrasing. From the album I’m Still In Love With You.
Oh Me Oh My
This has it all. Green’s falsetto screams, bold vocal improvisation, infectious tempo (brilliant double back beat drumming from Howard Grimes) and tight brass riffs. From Al Green Is Love.
Here I Am, Come And Take Me
Catchy melody, insistent horn riff, faultless drumming from Al Jackson and Al Green’s vocal delivery make this a soul gem. From Call Me.
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
This Hank Williams’ song, from Call Me, is taken at a lilting pace, with Green overdubbed tracks emphasising his vocal mannerisms.
Call Me (Come Back Home)
Al Green at his superlative best, aided by great backing charts and steady as a rock drumming.
Look What You Done For Me
‘The day has come to let you know where I’m coming from’ and so starts a paen of praise for his woman. Interesting change of rhythm a few seconds before the fade out. From I’m Still In Love With You.
- Ray Charles: I Can't Stop Loving You
- Al Green: For The Good Times
- Sarah Vaughan: And I Love Him
- The Kinks: Days
- Nancy Wilson: How Glad I Am
- Bobby Womack: California Dreamin'
- Isley Brothers: This Old Heart Of Mine
- Dobie Gray: Drift Away
- Lorraine Ellison: Stay With Me Baby
- Bob and Marcia: Young, Gifted And Black
- Bobby Womack: Harry Hippie
- Janelle Monae: Cold War