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Soul - Released October 23, 1972 | Fat Possum

Hi-Res Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Soul - Released June 14, 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 - Released September 19, 1975 | Fat Possum

In a short time, Al Green became a premier singer in R&B and pop. With songs like "Look What You've Done for Me" and "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)," among many others, Green and producer Willie Mitchell refined the sounds of each genre. As Al Green Explores Your Mind was the peak of Green's insouciance, Al Green Is Love finds a starker reality -- the majority of the tracks here are ruminative but not always coherent. The first track, the propulsive "L-O-V-E (Love)," would be even more believable if Green didn't sound so ambivalent. Other up-tempo tracks, "I Gotta Be More" and "Rhymes," are edgy and dark, with great riffs from guitarist Mabon Hodges. The heart of Al Green Is Love is the ballads, though Green's not very happy, and those looking for heartwarming thoughts on romance won't find it here. "The Love Sermon" and, even better, "I Didn't Know" are spare, dirge-like songs that give Green great opportunities to turn in raw and emotional performances. "I Wish You Were Here" and "Could I Be the One" have producer Willie Mitchell offering suitably bleak arrangements to go with Green's airy vocals. The best track here, "There Is Love," strikes a balance between the customary production grace and the album's pervading sorrow. Al Green Is Love might be too depressing for some, but his fans will find Green's truthfulness appealing and some of the songs among his best. ~ Jason Elias
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Soul - Released March 23, 2015 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released May 29, 1975 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Released September 18, 2015 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Released August 14, 1971 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Released October 2, 1974 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Released June 23, 1978 | Fat Possum

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Soul - Released March 9, 2018 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released January 1, 1989 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum