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Lay It Down

May 29, 2008

Al Green surrounds himself on his new album with younger stars, including John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and the Roots' ?uestlove. It's retribution in action: For years, the neosoul brigade has been copping the Rev. Al's sound — the plush, subtly...

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Everything's OK

March 24, 2005

The rousing and arousing musical partnership of Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell in the Seventies was built around the high art of the lowdown groove. Yet it took these two soul giants a bit of time to rediscover their own groove. I Can't Stop —...

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Call Me (Reissue)

June 29, 2004

When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his every sigh, mutter, trill and moan worth 100...

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Green Is Blues (Reissue)

February 11, 2003

Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor — combined with a mystically tight Memphis...

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I'm Still in Love with You (Expanded Edition)

February 11, 2003

Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor — combined with a mystically tight Memphis...

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The Love Songs Collection

January 14, 2003

Green's classic love songs haven't become dated, because he never made mood music or schmaltz. Instead, on tracks such as "Love and Happiness," "Let's Stay Together" and "Call Me," producer Willie Mitchell used a driving band to equal Green's stirring...

Album Review

He Is the Light

January 30, 1986
Not Rated

There's nothing new about the new Al Green record. His new label, A&M, is the distributor of his old label, Word. His new producer, Willie Mitchell, was the producer of his classic hits. His subject matter, unambiguous praise of the Lord, hasn't changed...

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Truth N' Time

March 22, 1979
Not Rated

Al Green is so charismatic he could make you wonder about the taste of Guyanese Fla•vor•aid. There's an element of danger about everything he does, a sense that at any moment he could be revealed as a complete charlatan—and that it wouldn't...

Album Review

Have a Good Time

January 27, 1977
Not Rated

If his records are any indication, Al Green is a troubled, no, haunted man. Imagine the spiritual afflictions that prompted the theme of "Keep Me Cryin'," Green's latest single and a song from Have a Good Time: "Well I pleased all the people/But I couldn't...

Album Review

Al Green Is Love

November 20, 1975
Not Rated

Al Green's latest LP would almost qualify as a concept album were it not for the fact that Green has been mining the rhetoric of romance ever since his first hits. If Al Green Is Love contains any surprises, they come in the treatment of his material,...

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Call Me

July 5, 1973
Not Rated

Willie Mitchell's production style continues to impress me with its consistency, restraint and understanding of Al Green's special needs. Because the singer disdains most forms of discipline, preferring to let his voice wander into every nook and cranny...

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Al Green Explores Your Mind

August 5, 2004

When writer Toni Morrison said that black artists always seem to move with ease, she was talking about someone like Al Green. He sings from the side of his mouth, seemingly straight from the heart — his every sigh, mutter, trill and moan worth 100...

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I Can't Stop

November 10, 2003

In 1974, Al Green, arguably the most seductive soul man of all time, was involved in a nasty episode concerning a married woman and a plate of hot grits. Soon after, he decided it was better to sing to the Lord than to the ladies, and he parted ways with...

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Gets Next To You

February 11, 2003

Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor — combined with a mystically tight Memphis...

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Let's Stay Together (Reissue)

February 11, 2003

Al Green's first four albums are the beginning of the truly sublime rhythm-and-blues story of the 1970s: It's a story about one of the most soulful voices in pop history — a rough yet refined tenor — combined with a mystically tight Memphis...

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Anthology

January 8, 1997

There's a delicious tension in Al Green's music; you can feel this supernaturally gifted singer stretching and straining, pushing to achieve some new peak that lies just beyond his reach. His '70s hits are impeccable examples of Southern soul: smoldering,...

Album Review

Higher Plane

March 18, 1982

In his unequaled string of Seventies hits, Al Green effortlessly invested his sexuality with a spiritual dimension that he made sound perfectly appropriate. Now, in his new incarnation as a preacher, he comes close — just as effortlessly —...

Album Review

The Belle Album

February 23, 1978
Not Rated

In rock & roll, nothing seems easier or more obvious than a good beat, but nothing is more elusive. We may someday look back on The Belle Album as Al Green's best — it's too soon to know; the man has a lifetime ahead of him — and if we...

Album Review

Full of Fire

June 3, 1976
Not Rated

During the halcyon years when Al Green was notching one gold record after another, reviewers began to wonder aloud how much more mileage the singer and his producer, Willie Mitchell, could get out of their "formula." Now the hits are coming less frequently,...

Album Review

Livin' for You

February 14, 1974
Not Rated

The black urban record buyer has inevitably turned against the rural soul style pioneered by Stax and Atlantic records of the Sixties. They've instead chosen the pop R&B preferred by some Motown producers and the entire Gamble-Huff-Bell Philadelphia...

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