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Soul - Verschenen op 23 oktober 1972 | Fat Possum

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Just nine months after the release of Let’s Stay Together featuring the single with the same title, Al Green teamed up once again with production partner Willie Mitchell, aka the boss of Hi Records music label, for yet another legendary album. The minimalist and introspective I’m Still in Love With You has a refined, sexy soul sound and even explores country (a raunchy version of Kris Kristofferson’s For the Good Times) and rock ‘n’ roll (an original cover of Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman). And of course, Al Green’s unique, suave tone is showcased right the way through this fifth album, released in 1972. The singer-reverend from Arkansas croons, scats, whispers and shouts; like a preacher on the verge of sin. The key ingredient to this soulful magic is the pared-down musical backdrop provided by Mitchell and his musicians, especially Al Jackson on drums (original member of Booker. T & The M.G.’s) who provides the music with its vital heartbeat. Never a trumpet too loud, never a string out of place or a note too many, no, everything runs as smoothly as a well-oiled machine in this album that ages beautifully like a fine wine. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 24 november 2014 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 12 december 1995 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Fat Possum

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Al Green, the master of sensual southern soul and refined groove, gives us his greatest tracks from Hi Records. Thanks to Willie Mitchell, producer and boss of this legendary Memphis label, the reverend Al Green and his sexual falsetto collates his 1968-1978 hits into this original production. There is a constant battle between the temptation of the flesh and religious self-denial throughout, and Al Green remains firmly between the soul and gospel stylings of the South and the luxurious Philly sound. His voice is spellbindingly erotic, and is carried by the production of Mitchell, the backbone of many of his albums.With restrained metronomic drums, big brass and subdued guitar playing, no one else can reach such a level of profound sensuality through the simplicity of I'm Still in Love With You or Let's Stay Together. Al Green whispers, speaks and shouts, like a soul preacher on the verge of committing sin. In 1974, he was even severely burnt while in the bath by his girlfriend who committed suicide a few minutes later. Green took this as a “sign from God” and became a pastor two years later. "I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.” This collection brings together all the remastered singles from his twelve albums for Hi Records, and only helps us understand his genius further. You can’t help but still be impressed by the magical combination of this unique voice and the muted music that stands the test of time. Essential listening. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1972 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 18 juni 1973 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1971 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 19 september 1975 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1987 | A&M

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Soul - Verschenen op 13 april 1976 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2008 | Blue Note Records

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Soul legende Al Green koppelen aan hiphop producers James Poyser en Amir “?uestlove” Thompson lijkt misschien een gewaagd vooruitzicht voor old-school fans, maar dit album klinkt als een terugkeer naar Greens klassieke jaren 70 sound zonder overdreven retro afhankelijk te klinken. Net als op zijn klassieke werken, vermengt Lay It Down alles van Southern soul, funk, jazz, blues en ballads tot een geweldig, smooth brouwsel. Het titelnummer, een duet met Anthony Hamilton, trapt af in stijl met een zweverige, door strijkers zoetgevooisde vibe. Andere hoogtepunten zijn de ballad “No One Like You,” en duetten met John Legend en Corinne Bailey Rae. Lay it Down is briljant in zijn gecontroloeerde passie en zijdezachte, atmosferische stemming. Een juweel van de latere soul dagen van een van de meesters van het genre. © Anthony Tognazzini /TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 2 oktober 1974 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 18 september 2015 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 6 december 1973 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 6 december 1977 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 18 december 2020 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1994 | A&M

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 december 2016 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1967 | Arista - Legacy

Nearly forgotten by all but serious soul fans, Back Up Train is Al Green's debut. Released in 1967, when he was still billed as "Al Greene" and before he worked with producer Willie Mitchell, the record is a perfectly serviceable slice of slightly sweet period soul -- perhaps a little generic, but never less than pleasant. Much of the record was either written or co-written by the album's producers, Palmer E. James and Curtis Rodgers, who were not just part of Hot Line Records, but in the Creations, Green's previous backing band. Though they're fine as producers, they didn't have strong material as songwriters, never producing something as limber and memorable as Green's lone songwriting credit, "Stop and Check Myself." Musically, this number, along with a few other cuts, suggest the tight, sexy sound of his seminal Hi albums, but they're nowhere near as seductive as those slow grooves, nor are they as effortless. Still, it's possible to hear their roots throughout the record. Green's voice, while not as smooth as it would be just a few years later, shows enormous talent, he's equally comfortable with ballads and funky workouts, and the production, while dated, is quite appealing in how it falls somewhere between the grit of Memphis and the sweetness of Chicago soul. Back Up Train is good enough that if Green hadn't gone on to greater work, this would be the kind of record soul fanatics would treasure and trade, speculating on what might have happened if Green had been given another shot. Of course, Green went on to bigger, better things, and this stands as no more than a footnote to his career, but it's an interesting, enjoyable footnote all the same. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 23 juni 1978 | Fat Possum