Al Green


Band members                             Related acts

- Al Green -- vocals, guitar

 

  backing musicians (1977)

- James Bass -- electric guitar

- JohnnY Brown -- keyboards

- Ron Echols -- sax

- Reuben Fairfax Jr. -- bass

- Margaret Foxworthy -- backing vocals

- Ardis Hardin -- drums, percussion

- Harvey Jones -- backing vocals

- Buddy Jarrett - sax

- Fred Jordan -- keyboards, synthesizers

- Linda Jones -- backing vocals

- Darryl Neely -- trumper, flueglhorn

- Robert Payne - syndrums

- Leon Thomas -- keyboards

- John Toney -- drums, percussion

 


 

 

- The Creations
- Al Greene and the Soul Mates

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Green Is Blues

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32055

Year: 1969 

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: this is the 1973 reissue' original Hi inner sleeve

Available: 2

Catalog ID: 5409

Price: $20.00

 

1969 proved a monumental year for Al Greene.  Having been dropped by Bell he was introduced to Hi Records vice president/produced Willie Mitchell, who promptly signed Green to a recording contract with the company.   Over the next year Green and Mitchell began working with The Memphis Horns and The Hi Rhythm Section, releasing a pair of little heard singles:

 

- 1968's 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' b/w 'What Am I Going To Do with Myself' (Hi Records catalog number 2159)

- 1969's 'You Say It' b/w 'Gotta Find a New World' (Hi 2172)

 

While the two singles did little commercial (the Green-penned second one was actually a minor R&B success), Mitchell and Hi decided to finance an LP.  While it wasn't Green's best release, 1969's "Green Is Blues" deserved notice as the true start of what would be an amazing partnership with producer//writer Mitchell, The Memphis Horns and The Hi Rhythm Section.  I should quickly backtrack and tell you that in spite of that opening comments the album had more than it's share of treasures and was well worth checking out.  One of the things that's always fascinated me about this one was the  fact it didn't sound anything like the silky smooth 'love man' persona Green rode to mega sales in the mid-1970s.  Producer Mitchell surrounded Green with a surprisingly taunt soul sound - think along the lines of the Stax sound and you'll be in the right aural neighborhood.  For his part Green utilized a darker and rougher vocal style than what he'd later become famous for.  Mind you, his voice remained instantly recognizable, but it was cool hearing him tough it out on tracks like 'Talk To Me' and 'What Am I Gonna Do with Myself'.  Maybe it was just me, but every time I listen to the LP I hear echoes of Otis Redding.  Musically the set was heavy on popular pop and soul covers.  On songs like 'My Girl', The Box Tops' 'The Letter' and The Beatles 'Get Back' Green's covers didn't stray too far from the original arrangements, but were still modestly entertaining.  Interestingly the two Green originals were less impressive.  'Get Back Baby' sounded like a James Brown rip off, while 'Tomorrow's Dream' just kind of stumbled around - a good song looking for a certain missing ingredient.  Still, anyone who thought Green's string of hits sounded similar should check this baby out ...   Commercially the set did well hit # 2 on the R&B charts and # 19 pop.

 

"Green Is Blue" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) One Woman   (Chalmers - Rhodes) - 2:59

2.) Talk To Me   (Seneca) - 3:03

3.) My Girl   (Smokey Robinson) - 2:47

4.) The Letter   (Wayne Thompson Cason) - 2:22

5.) I Stand Accuse   (W. Butler - Jerry Butler) - 3:12

(side 2)

1.) Gotta Find a New World   (Smith - Oliver) - 2:22

2.) What Am I Gonna Do with Myself   (Jones - Willie Mitchell) - 2:22

3.) Tomorrow's Dream   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 2:18

4.) Get Back Baby   (Al Green) - 2:10

5.) Get Back   (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) - 2:1

6.) Summertime   (Heywood - Gershwin) - 2:56

 

Anyone know the story behind the withdrawn original cover?  All I can figure is that Hi management was concern the Al Green photo was too ominous for white audiences ...

 

 original withdrawn LP cover

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Al Green Gets Next To You

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32062

Year: 1970

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: minor ring wear; promo sticker on front cover

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5419

Price: $20.00

 

Continuing his partnership with producer Willie Mitchell, 1970's "Al Green Gets Next To You" wasn't drastically different from his earlier releases, but for some reason Green sounded way more comfortable in his surroundings.  Backed by the Hi house band (including drummer Al Jackson, bassist Al Hodges, keyboardist Charles Hodges, guitarist Mabon Hodges, and the horn section of Jack Hale, Ed Logan, Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson and James Mitchell), Green sounded remarkably confident and in-control throughout the collection.  The start of what would be a stunning string of top-40 hits, ballads like 'Tired of Being Alone' and 'God Is Standing By' were breathtaking, but the up-tempo, funky numbers were even better.  Highlights included the horn propelled 'Are You Lonely for Me', 'Drivin' Wheel', 'I'm a Ram', and 'All Because'.  The album also showcased Green's first-rate writing skills with 'Right Now Right Now', 'Driving Train', 'I'm a Ram' being amongst the best Green ever wrote or performed.  To be honest, the only real  misstep was a needless cover of The Doors' 'Light My Fire'.  Okay, okay you could also point out the tasteless ruffled sleeves and blue fur trim on his blue double breasted jacket ..  Song for song this may have been Green's best collection..  

 

Propelled by the singles and strong reviews from critics, the album proved his first crossover success, hitting a well deserved # 58 pop.

"Al Green Gets Next To You" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) I Can't Get Next To You   (Norman Whitfield) - 3:42    rating: **** stars

I guess The Temptations version remains the classic take; if only by the skin of it's teeth.  Green slowed the tune down; giving it a gritty, bluesy vibe that was hard to shake out of your hear.  And the Mabon Hodges guitar solo was ... well amazing.  Hi quickly tapped the song as a single:

- 1970's 'I Can't Get Next To You' b/w 'Ride Sally Ride' (Hi catalog number 45-2182) Pop # 60, R&B # 11    No idea where it was recorded, but YouTube has a dazzling 1972 performance of the sng: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycv0GchcMXE 
2.) Are You Lonely For Me Baby   (Bert Berns) - 3:56
    rating: **** stars

Wow, 'Are You Lonely For Me Baby' captured Green at his slinkiest ...   Try sitting still through this performance.  Great horn arrangement.
3.) God Is Standing By   (Johnnie Taylor) - 3:14
    rating: **** stars

An indication of Green's future direct ("Full of Fire" was still six years off), 'God Is Standing By' was a Gospel song for people who didn't like a religious element in their music.  Breezy, sweet, and highly evocative, it was one of the album's biggest surprises and highlights.   I find myself unexpectedly humming it from time to time.
4.) Tired of Being Alone   (Al Green) - 2:50
    rating: **** stars

For a man with so many classic tunes to his name, 'Tired of Being Alone' stands among the best of the best.  One of Green's first forays into writing, he had a hard time getting producer Willie Mitchell to show any interest in the song.  It was originally intended for 1969's "Green Is Blue" collection, but was dropped and Green had to fight to get it included on "Al Green Gets Next To You".  One of his biggest hits:

- 1971's 'Tired of Being Alone' b/w 'Get Back Baby' (Hi catalog number 45 2194)  # 11 pop; # 7 R&B    YouTube has a wonderful 1973 performance of the song with Green providing a little background on the tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=422vdlO8eJQ  
5.) I'm a Ram   (Al Green) - 3:47  
rating: **** stars

Where do you start with a man with so many treasures to chose from ?   As much as I love Green's silky smooth ballads, he's even better on the funkier material and it doesn't get much better than the bruising 'I'm a Ram'.  You had to wonder why Hi didn't release this one as a single.  If I were in a cover band this would be one of the songs I insisted we include in our repertoire.   

(side 2)

1.) Driving Wheel   (Roosevelt Sykes) - 2:58   rating: ***** stars

Another up-tempo tune that was easily as good as 'I'm a Ram' ...  The hook on this one was just killer.  Another must-own Green single.  Interestingly, this one's become kind of a bar band classic (check out YouTube), though virtually all of the covers are simply horrible.

- 1971's 'Drivin' Wheel' b/w 'True Love' (Hi catalog number HI-2188-)
2.) Light My Fire   (Jim Morrison - Ray Manzarek - Robbie Krieger - John Densmore) - 3:52  
rating: ** stars

The albums first and only true disappointment ... Green didn't really mess with the song's basic structure, or melody, but trying to gie it the patented Hi--sound simply didn't add anything to the original.     Okay, the guitar solo was tasty.   
3.) You Say It   (Al Green) - 2:52
   rating: **** stars

For anyone who thought Green's catalog was limited to sappy ballads, then 'You Say It' was going to come as a major shock.   Complete with call and response structure, this was AL GREEN = FUNK !!!

- 1970s 'You Say It' b/w 'Gotta Find a New World' (Hi catalog number 45-2172) R&B # 28
4.) Right Now Right Now   (Al Green) - 2:50
   rating: **** stars

Good gawd, the man could sing !!!  Another classic Green performance that deserves to be in every soul lovers collection.   

- 1970s 'Right Now Right Now' b/w 'All Because (I'm the Foolish One)' (Hi catalog number 45-2177) R&B # 23
5.) All Because   (Al Green) - 2:45  
rating: **** stars

Another funky performance, 'All Because' was a good example of what keyboardist Charles Hodges brought to Green's sound.


 

 

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Let's Stay Together

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32070

Year: 1972

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Comments: --

Available: 2

Catalog ID: 

Price: $10.00

 

 

For many folks (particularly those for whom the early-1970s were their prime music listening timeframe), 1972's "Let's Stay Together" probably serves as the ultimate make out album. Initiating Green's long-lived collaboration with producer/writer Willie Mitchell, Green's seldom sounded as confident and comfortable on the mix of originals and well chosen covers. Interestingly, better known for his ballads, many of the highlights came in the form of up tempo Stax and Volt inspired soul material, including the horn punched "So You're Leaving", the slinky "It Ain't No Fun for Me" and "I've Never Found Me a Girl" (dare you to sit still during the latter). On the other hand, the classic title track and his cover of The Bee Gees "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" (which rips the original to shreds) firmly established Green's "love man" persona. Released as a single "Let's Stay Together" b/w "Tomorrow's Dream" (Hi catalog numbers 45-2202), provided Green with a chart topping pop and R&B hit.  A mid-1970s classic, the collection quickly went top-10, earning Green the first in a string of gold albums.

"Let's Stay Together" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Let's Stay Together (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 3:15
2.) La-La For You (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 3:29
3.) So You're Leaving (Al Green) - 2:53
4.) What Is This Feeling (Al Green) - 3:40
5.) Old Time Lovin (Al Green) - 3:17

(side 1)

1.) I've Never Found a Girl (Booker T. Jones - Eddie Floyd - A. Isbell) - 5:57
2.) How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Barry Gibb - Robin Gibb) - 6:21
3.) Judy ( Al Green) - 3:44
4.) It Ain't No Fun To Me (Al Green) - 3:27

 

 




Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title: I'm Still In Love with You

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32074

Year: 1972

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original Hi inner sleeve

Available: 2

Catalog ID: 5399

Price: $20.00

 

 

Anyone looking for major artistic changes need not bother adding 1972's "I'm Still In Love with You" to their collection.  That said, fans no that this album was every bit as good as the earlier release.  Produced by Willie Mitchell and backed by the Hi rhythm section, the collection offered up another stunning set of 'love man' ballads and mid-tempo numbers.  If there was a slight difference this time out, it came in the form of Al Green's willingness to explore new musical genres; in this case country music via covers of Kris Kristofferson's 'For the Good Times' and Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman'.   For his part Al Green seemed to be firing on all eight cylinders.  Virtually every one of the nine tracks had something going for it.  Lots of folks will disagree, but the only song that didn't really connect with me was the needless Orbison cover.  Just my opinion, but Green's cover simply didn't add anything to the original.  Personal favorites included the classic top-5 title track, 'Love and Happiness', and the acoustic ballad 'Simply Beautiful'.  Hi tapped the album for a pair of singles:

- 1972's 'Look What You Done for Me' b/w 'La La For You' (Hi catalog number 45-2211)

- 1972's 'I'm Still In Love with You' b/w 'Old Time Lovin' (Hi catalog number 45-2216

 

While it was another massive commercial success hitting # 4 pop, today it's frequently forgotten in comparison to "Let's Stay Together", though it's every bit as good, if not even better. Curiously some four years later Hi came back to the album for another single:

 

- 1977's 'Love and Happiness' b/w 'Glory Glory' (Hi catalog number 45-2324).  Released long after Green's commercial heyday, the 45 hit # 104 pop and # 82 R&B.  

 

"I'm Still In Love with You" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) I'm Still In Love with You   (Al Green - Al Jackson - Willie Mitchell) - 3:12

2.) I'm Glad You're Mine   (Al Green) - 2:54

3.) Love and Happiness   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 5:00

4.) What a Wonderful Thing Love Is   (Al Green) - 3:38 

5.) Simply Beautiful   (Al Green) - 4:08


(side 2)

1.) Oh, Pretty Woman   (Roy Orbison - B. Dees) - 3:22

2.) For the Good Times   (Kris Kristofferson) - 6:27

3.) Look What You Done For Me   (Al Green - Al Jackson - Willie Mitchell) - 3:04

4.) One of These Good Old Days   (Al Green) - 3:15

 

 

Here's a YouTube clip of Green performing 'Love and Happiness' on PBS's Soundstage television program:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83Fu0zqztkY

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Title:  Call Me

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32077

Year: 1973

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original Hi inner sleeve

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

 

To my ears 1973's "Call Me" may well be Al Green's creative peak.  It's certainly one of my all time favorite albums and one of the few albums in my collection I'd give a five star rating.  This was the album where Green and producer Willie Mitchell hit high gear.  There weren't any major departures from the pair's signature sound, rather on this one they perfected the approach.  Green's silky smooth voice was in prime shape, injecting an almost intoxicating funkiness into material like the title track, 'Have You Been Making Out Okay' and 'Here I Am (Come and Take Me)'.   Green's earlier stabs at adapting county material never did much for me, but this time around he figured it out - his covers of Willie Nelson's 'Funny How Time Slips Away' and the Hand Williams chestnut 'I'm So Lonely I Could Cry' were killer.  There simply wasn't a misstep on the entire album.  Classic Memphis soul ...  classic make out music.

 

The album spun off another series of pop and R&B hits:

 

 

 

 

- 1973's 'You Ought To Be with Me' b/w 'What Is This Feeling' (Hi Records catalog number 45-2227)

- 1973's 'Call Me' b/w 'What a Wonderful Thing Love Is' (Hi Records catalog number 45-2235)

- 1973's 'Here I Am (Come and Take Me)' b/w 'I'm Glad You're Mine' (Hi Records catalog number 45-2247)

 

"Call Me" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Call Me (Come Back Home)   (Al Green - Al Jackson - Willie Mitchell) - 3:08

2.) Have You Been Making Out Okay   (Al Green) -3:12

3.) Stand Up   (Al Green) - 3:26

4.) I'm So Lonely I Could Cry   (Hank Williams) - 3:10

5.) Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun   (Al Green) - 3:09

(side 2)

1.) Here I Am (Come and Take Me)   (Al Green - Hodges) - 4:14

2.) Funny How Time Slips Away   (Willie Nelson) - 5:38

3.) You Ought To Be with Me   (Al Green - Al Jackson - Willie Mitchell) - 3:16

4.) Jesus Is Waiting   (Al Green) - 5:38

 

Here are a couple of YouTube clips:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CslaDEc2PS8

'Jesus Is Waiting'

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBrLavAsWBk

'Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF7f4SSV6ms

'You Ought To Be with Me'

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzb5BFqTGIo

'Funny How Time Slips Away' (1994 remake with Lyle Lovett)

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Livin' for You

Company: Hi

Catalog: ASHL-32082

Year: 1973

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original Hi inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5406

Price: $20.00

 

Exemplified by 1973's "Livin' For You", Al Green's string of classic mid-1970s releases constitutes a  simply staggering accomplishment.  With the possible exception of Stevie Wonder its hard to think of another artist who managed to churn out such a volume of quality material in such a compressed timeframe.   

 

Again produced by Willie Mitchell, exemplified by originals like the title track, 'Home Again' and the slinky 'So Good To be Here' this time out Green seemed in a more relaxed mood, turning in some of his most beguiling ballads.  Some critics have slammed the LP for sinking into 'sound alike' realm, but I'd heartily disagree.  Sure Green's parented sound was instantly recognizable, but the man continued to surprise with subtle changes and occasional slice of funk, including the mesmerizing 'Free At Last' and 'Sweet Sixteen'.  The other highlight was an extended live take off 'Beware'.  Simply killer.  The album wasn't perfect.  Green's doubled tracked cover of the chestnut 'Unchained Melody' was interesting - better than 99% of the covers, but still couldn't match his original material. Perhaps not his creative zenith, but I'll tell you this one has slowly grown into one my favorite Green albums.

 

"Al Green Liviin' For You" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Livin' For You   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 3:09    rating: **** stars

Majestic horns, some of Green's most forlorn vocals (double tracked in places), and a refrain that was infections, made the title track a class Green effort.  Shame it wasn't longer.  He was performing with one arm in a cast, but YouTube has a stunning, extended, 1974  Soul Train performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=235pwiLnMs0   It was tapped as the leadoff single:

- 1973's 'Living' For You' b/w 'It AIi't No Fun for Me' (Hi catalog number 45-2257) # 19 pop

2.) Home Again   (Al Green) - 3:56    rating: **** stars

Amazing, how even Green's "also-ran" tunes were so good.  In this case, what started out as a wistful ballad slowly but steadily transitioned into a pounding soul number.  Again, the tune would have been even better if an extended version has been included on the album.

3.) Free At Last   (Al Green) - 3:26    rating: **** stars

Not sure what else there is to say about this slinky ballad other than it constituted CLASSIC AL GREEN.  Always loved the gritty edge Green brought to his performance on this one.  Should have been released as a single.  Not sure when, or where it was recorded, but YouTube has a clip of the Reverend Al Green giving the song a distinctive Gospel edge:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x41Ar9aIK6o 

4.) Let's Get Married   (Al Green) - 5:28   rating: **** stars

Geez, how many classic tunes can you pack on an album?   Loved Tennie Hodges' little guitar figure on this one.   Always wondered how autobiographical this one was ...   Another single:

- 1973's 'Let's Get Married' b/w 'So Good To Be Here' (Hi catalog number 45-2262)   Taken by someone in the audience, this August 2010 video clip isn't the greatest in terms of quality, but it's good enough and interesting to see Green still includes the tune in his touring repertoire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq6by5OiWlM 

5.) So Good To Be Here   (Al Green - M. Allen) - 2:40   rating: *** stars

How did the man come up with so many world class tunes with such an easy-going, sweet groove ?

(side 2)

1.) Sweet Sixteen   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 3:26    rating: **** stars

The opening strings were a bit of an irritation, but then the horns kicked in, followed by one of Green's slinkiest vocals.  Geez, this one was so sexy, he could have been arrested for singing it live.   Doubt that comment ?  Check out this 1974 performance on Soul Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONATlJ0pvUg  

2.) Unchained Melody   (A. North - H. Zaret) - 5:33   rating: *** stars

Slowing it down and giving it the patented Hi arrangement yielded a nice enough cover of this classic, but, as good as it was,  I'm not sure why you would want to hear this one over the Righteous Brothers classic version.  I will admit the double tracked vocals were mesmerizing.

3.) My God Is Real   (K. Morris) - 2:43   rating: *** stars

While it's never been a favorite, 'My Good Is Real' was an interesting precursor of the directions Green would take in his personal and professional life.  

4.) Beware   (Al Green) - 8:12

One of Green's sweetest performances.  And as good as 'Beware' was, the stars on this were The Hodges - Charles on organ, Leroy on bass (check out his solo), and Tennie on guitar

 

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Title:  Al Green Explores Your Mind

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32087

Year: 1974

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: little handwriting on white collar (five month anniversary gift)

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 1174

Price: $20.00

 

 

When an artist falls into reworking a successful formula the results frequently aren't very promising.  1974's "Al Green Explores Your Mind" is one of those rare exceptions.  Continuing his collaboration with producer Willie Mitchell and the Hi rhythm section, musically this wasn't all that different from the last couple of Al Green albums, yet Green seemed thoroughly reinvigorated throughout the nine songs.  At least to my ears part of the reason this album was so great could be traced back to the fact it found Green taking a couple of tentative steps away  from his patented 'love man' imagine.  Nothing too drastic and sure there were plenty of top-notch romantic ballads ('Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)', 'I'm Hooked On You' and 'Stay With Me Forever;), but elsewhere the collection proved Green could navigate a surprisingly wide array of other genres.  His gospel roots were displayed in the stunning 'God Blessed Our Love', but far more impressive and appealing were tracks like the up tempo 'The City', his not-so-sly nod to the pleasures of life on the road ('One Nite Stand'), the doo wop-ish 'School Days' and the true soul classic 'Take Me To the River' (which was dedicated to his cousin 'Little' Junior Parker).  By the way, if you grew up with The Talking Heads' version of 'Take Me To the River' you owe yourself to hear the original.  As much as I love David Byrne and company's jittery cover, Green's original shreds it to dust.  Killer track.   

 

"Al Green Explores Your Mind" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)  (Al Green) - 3:01

Silky smooth, exquisitely sexy, and easily the most commercial song on the album, 'Sha-La-La' had an ugly history given it was the song Green was working on when former girlfriend Mary Woodson broke into his home, pouring boiling grits on Green while he was in the shower.  Green suffered severe burns, while Woodson subsequently committed suicide.  Thanks to YouTube you can see a live performances of the song on Soul Train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjBChRG-nok   rating: ***** stars

2.) Take Me To The River  (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 3:45

With it's heartfelt dedication to Green's late cousin 'Little' Junior Parker, there isn't a great deal to say about the blazing 'Take Me To the River' other than it's a classic tune that's been covered dozens of times, though nobody has come close to the original  Thanks to YouTube, here's another live Soul Train performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tgm7v284JI  rating: ***** stars

3.) God Blessed Our Love  (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - E. Randle) - 3:57

Admittedly it took awhile for this ballad to kick into gear, but when Green got going ...   wonder how many people have been married to this tune ?   With green literally taking-it-to-the-church, the extended live Soul Train performance is even better than the studio version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rZAlMbiJS0    rating: **** stars

4.) The City  (Al Green - Charles Hodges) - 3:25

With a breezy, slightly jazzy feel, 'The City' wasn't as instantly enjoyable as the earlier tracks, but it was a grower that improved with each spin. In fact, my only complaint is the song wasn't long enough.   rating: *** stars

5.) One Nite Stand  (Al Green) - 2:26

I'm guessing this is one of the tunes that drove Green to abandon secular music for a couple of decades.   I imagine it was quite risque in 1974, though by today's standards it is pretty platonic.  Ever wanted to hear some funky strings ?  Well The Memphis Horns provided it on this slinky tune.  The tune would have been even better without the shrill backing singers.   rating: *** stars


(side 2)

1.) I'm Hooked On You  (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 3:22

There simply has never been anyone who can sound as effortlessly smooth as Green and that talent has seldom come off as well as on the breezy ballad 'I'm Hooked On You'.   rating: **** stars

2.) Stay With Me Forever   (Al Green - A. Sanders)- 3:15

A rare up-tempo tune, 'Stay with Me Forever' was also surprising in that it sounded somewhat flat and uninspired.   Green sounded like he was going through the motions on this one.  rating: ** stars

3.) Hangin' On  (Al Green - M. Allen) - 4:21

Had not been for Green's fractured falsetto, 'Hangin' On' would have been one of the album's standout performances.   Even with that momentary lapse, the song was still pretty good with a nice melody, multi-tracked harmony vocals, and some interesting "plucked" strings.   rating: *** stars

4.) School Days  (Al Green) - 3:14

Ah, nostalgia ... the good old days ...   Well, they probably weren't really that good, but thankfully for many of us memory has a way of fading out the bad and focusing on the good.   One of Green's sweetest performances and another album highpoint.  Wish there was a live version of this out there somewhere.  Killer drums from Howard Grimes.     rating: ***** stars

 

As mentioned, the album spun off one of Green's bigger hits: 

 

  

 

- 1974's 'Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)' b/w 'School Days' (Hi catalog number 2274)

 

Propelled by the single the parent album hit # 15 pop continuing Green's mid-'70s chart domination.  By the way, not that a 50-something man even remembers what making out is like, but as a young person "Al Green Explores Your Mind" was one of the all time make-out albums.   Hope it retains some of that reputation in this day and age.   

 

 



Genre: soul

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Title:  Al Green's Greatest Hits

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32089

Year: 1975

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original Hi inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5407

Price: $10.00

 

 

I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about this one.  Suffice it to say that "Al Green: Greatest Hits" stands as one of soul's classic 'best of' albums.  Capturing ten of his biggest radio hits, if you were a passing fan, or simply curious to hear what all the excitement was about this was a great place to start.  If you were a long standing fan then this album was somewhat redundant, but served as a convenient way to hear his radio friendly hits in one spot.  

 

"Al Green: Greatest Hits" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Tired of Being Alone   (Al Green) - 2:50

2.) Call Me (Come Back Home)   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 3:03

3.) I'm Still In Love with you   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 3:12

4.) Here I Am (Come and Take Me)   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 3:09

5.) How can You Mend a Broken Heart   (Barry Gibb - Robin Gibb) - 6:21


(side 2)

1.) Let's Stay Together   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 4:45

2.) I Can't Get Next To You   (Norman Whitfield - Barrett Strong) - 3:42

3.) You Ought To Be with Me   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 3:15

4.) Look What You Done For Me   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 3:04

5.) Let's Get Married   (Al Green) - 4:20

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Al Green Is Love

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL-32092

Year: 1975

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: original Hi inner sleeve

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5401

Price: $10.00

 

 

Showcasing another Al Green and Willie Mitchell collaboration, (with able assistance from the Hodges brothers and the Hi rhythm band) musically 1975's "Al Green Is Love" wasn't a major change in direction.  That said, it was one of Green's better mid-1970s releases.  Judging by material like 'L-O-V-E (Love)', 'Could I Be the One'' and 'I Wish You Were Here' Green's instantly recognizable silky voice and patented blend of love man ballads was in fine shape  throughout indicating he'd made a physical, though not mental recovery from a 1974 incident where ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson had thrown a pot of boiling grits on Green while he was showering - she subsequently committed suicide. That said, the collection did reflect some subtle differences from earlier releases.  The album certainly displayed Green's growing confidence as a writer - eight of the ten tracks written or co-written by Green.  Almost certainly a reflection of the earlier assault, lyrically the album was considerably darker than recent releases, underscoring Green's growing personal conflict between secular and non-secular concerns.  Sure, earlier albums had reflected similar concerns, but seldom as blatantly as 'The Love Sermon'.  Interesting, when all was said and done, the standout performances were the atypical funk workouts 'Rhymes' and 'I Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)' and the Latin flavored 'Love Ritual'.  Perhaps because they were sooooo different, these three tracks simply made you forget all about the ballads.  Elsewhere Hi tapped the album for a pair of singles in the form of: 

 

- 1975's 'L-O-V-E (Love)' b/w 'I Wish You Were Here' (Hi catalog number 5N-2282) 

- 1975's 'Oh Me, Oh My (Dreams In My Arms" b/w '' (Hi catalog number 5N-2288) 

 

Propelled in part by the singles, commercially the album continued Green's successes, hitting # 1 on the R&B charts and # 28 pop.

 

"Al Green Is Love" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) L-O-V-E (Love)   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 3:09

2.) Rhymes   (Al Green - M. Hodges) - 3:36

3.) The Love Sermon   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green - E. Randle) - 6:34

4.) There Is Love   (Willie Mitchell - Y. Mitchell) - 3:04

5.) Could I Be the One?   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green - A. Mitchell) - 4:06


(side 2)

1.) Love Ritual   (Al Green) - 4:19

2.) I Didn't Know   (Al Green) - 7:46

3.) Oh Me, Oh My (Dreams in My Arms)   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green - M. Hodges) - 2:48

4.) I Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)   (Al Green) - 2:45

5.) I Wish You Were Here   (Willie Mitchell) - 3:18

 

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Al Green's Greatest Hits Volume II

Company: Hi

Catalog: SHL 32105

Year: 1977

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID:  SOLD 5439

Price:  SOLD $8.00

 

Not much to say about this one, other than if you have "Greatest Hits, Volume 1" and this set, you've got two of soul's classic 'best of'' compilations.  There's still lots of Al Green to explore, but with these two sets you've got the majority of Green's commercial successes.  (Wow, I'd forgotten how many of these tracks guitarist Mabon Hodges had co-written.)

 

"Al Green's Greatest Hits Volume II" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Love and Happiness   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 5:00

2.) Sha La La (Makes Me Happy)   (Al Green) - 2:56

3.) Take Me To the River   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 3:43

4.) L-O-V-E (Love)   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges - Willie Mitchell) - 3:03

5.) Rhymes   (Al Green - Mabon Hodges) - 3:33


(side 2)

1.) For the God Tumes   (Kris Krisofferson) - 6:27

2.) Keep Me Cryin'   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 3:06

3.) Livin' for You   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - 3:09

4.) Full of Fire   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell) - Mabon Hodges) - 5:12

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Belle Album

Company: Hi

Catalog: HLP 6004

Year: 1977

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: --

Available: 2

Catalog ID:  5439

Price: $15.00

 

All Green sells out to God ...   Yeah, that seems to capture the flack this album got when it was released in 1977.  Don't let that tag line distract you from the fact this album stands as a classic slice of Al Green.

 

Ending his longstanding partnership with Willie Mitchell, and Hi Studios, 1977's "The Belle Album" found Green stepping into self-production.  To be honest, Green seems to have picked up many of Mitchell's studio moves, and in spite of the absence of the usual Hi studio musicians, to my ears the results weren't all that different from Mitchell's earlier worth with Green.

 

I'll readily admit the album's religious undertones were apparently throughout.  Remember, Green had gone through a string of personnel issues, including a girlfriend who poured boiling water on him and then committed suicide.

 

"The Belle Album" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Belle   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 4:50

- 1977's 'Belle' b/w 'Chariots of Fire' (Hi catalog number H-77505)

2.) Loving You   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) -3:32

3.) Feels Like Summer   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 3:42   rating: ** stars

Maybe it was just my ears, but the keyboards sounded like they'd appropriated part of Dylan's 'If Not for You' ...  Plus this one just didn't gather any steam with Green just kind of bouncing around the studio apparently waiting for inspiration to strike..

4.) Georgia Boy   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 7:01    rating: **** stars

One of the album's few non-secular offerings, 'Georgia Boy' was a slinky country-soul tune that showcased Green's accomplished acoustic guitar.  Geez, this album might be worth buying just to hear Reuben Fairfax Jr.'s stunning bass line ...   Shame this one wasn't longer !!!


(side 2)

1.) I Feel Good   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 5:20    rating: **** stars

And you didn't think Jesus could be funky ...   LOL  Frankly, even if you were an agnostic, this one grooved pretty good.  In fact, about the only critques I can come up with were the us of syndrums, and the song went on a tad too long.

2.) All 'n' All   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 3:39    rating: **** stars

Okay, this is a Jesus song for folks who are agnostic.  Bouncy, criminally catchy, and one of the best things he's ever recorded.   Try sitting still while this one's blaring through a good stereo system.   Green's screech is simply to-die-for.   Always loved the opening acoustic guitar segment.  I could die happy learning how to play that little riff.

3.) Chariots of Fire   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 3:50

The whacked out guitar and Caribbean-flavored horns were a bit different, but when the slap bass and Green's sassy voice kicked in, 'Chariots of Fire' found him operating in prime soul territory.  Yes, the lyrics were again religiously oriented, but did anyone care?

4.) Dream   (Al Green - Fred Jordon - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 7:33

'Dream' was a breezy, melodic ballad, but on this one Green sounded like he was singing with a bad case of strep throat.  It certainly didn't need to clock in at over seven minutes.

 

 

Not produced by Willie Mitchell, this time Al does it all by himself and he learned enough to make it sound nice even if some of the original grit is missing. The title track is the best, the rest is interesting to so-so but hardly exceptional or classic.. the religious leaning are also tending to be more dominant, works well with "All in All" but I prefer him singing about sex.

This album leaves me cold. Could have been happy forever knowing just the title track, which graces Reverend Al's greatest hits album. The Belle Album is not bad, it just doesn't do much for me... lacks the soul of much of his other work. I'll stick with the Al Green classics, or maybe even just the aforementioned greatest hits. Too much here just sounds like coasting.

fter making a string of successful records with producer Willie Mitchell, Al Green produced The Belle Album himself. Mitchell's style, while successful, also made Green's records incredibly predictable. The Belle Album seems to relish the escape from Mitchell's blueprint. The most obvious example is "Belle," surely one of the Green's best and most under appreciated songs. His vocals have rarely reached this level expressivity. There are more synths and fatter basslines here than you'll find on his earlier efforts, and even a dash of disco (see "I Feel Good"). Green can also be heard playing acoustic rhythm guitar, and he has quite a distinct style. It provides a nice counterpoint to the heighten bass and synth touches found on the record. The Belle Album was his least successful album since his debut in 1967. Following the release of the album, he would go on to make a string of religious albums. Though the record was neglected at the time of its release, it has stood the test of time thanks to its more intimate, almost new wave-y aesthetic.

Most Al Green albums work their way over time into you; this one uncharacteristically reaches out and shakes you up, an odd result when one goes largely acoustic and goes for more or less the same quiet grooves that one had pursued for most of one's career. But that's how it is. Helps also that after splitting with Willie Mitchell last album Al decided that he needed a philosophical shift to match the musical shift he's enacted. While God was never absent from Al's previous albums, here He's moved front and center thematically with Al leading the album telling Belle that it's her that he wants, "but Him that I need." From there things stay largely secular, though tinged with the idea - especially in "Chariots of Fire" - that other realms are never far from Al's mind and even can be read into some of the other lyrics. Musically it's more assured (and varied) than Al's last few records - stronger and more consistent than anything since Call Me in fact - and in "Georgia Boy" he's found the perfect hot, hazy groove that feels all too short at seven minutes. A great one and a significant transitory statement.

The Belle Album isFrom my perspective, it's a bit strange being an Al Green fan. Can't argue with the voice, of course - no point in doing that - but the problem is in his three big lyrical themes. Sex, romance, and Christianity. Now, this is all good and fine if you're into those things, and I understand that most people have vested interest in at least two of the three, but I'm asexual, uninterested in even the chaste varieties of romance, and agnostic bordering on atheist. Yup, the triple play. So, as you may have gleaned by now, I can't really relate to a lot of his lyrics. I find it a lot easier to deal with sexual lyrics because at least 95% of all songs ever written are either about that or its far less manly and hilarious cousin, love. But when religion comes into play, that's usually when I just sort of leave the room. I don't know why I'm not used to it yet, because I'm friends a good deal of very religious people, and most of those people are devout Christians, and a lot of classic soul singers are devout Christians as well. And I love classic soul. But... I don't know, I don't like hearing Al Green sing about it. Maybe it's because I'm so used to the famous odes to da booty that made up his great early '70s albums that it's weird to hear him switching to this gear, or maybe it's because he is really, really preachy and in-your-face about his Christianity whereas someone like Stevie Wonder is usually a little more subtle about it. Well, except for on "Have a Talk with God," but I've always seen that as the worst song on one of the greatest albums ever, so you know. There's that.

However, from a musical perspective, The Belle Album is still pretty good, if you can exclude the fact that it pretty much gives up and dies by the time it gets to side two. It starts off fine, with "I Feel Good" being a solid funk number that carries itself on a great rumbling clavinet riff and fun call and response harmonies, and even gets away with having two different lines of lyrics. But at five minutes, it goes onto long, and it isn't long before things go south. "All 'n' All" is still listenable and sort of fun and jumpy, but... really? Jesus is my all, he's my all 'n' all? If Al was as divinely inspired as he claims to be, wouldn't he have thought of something a little more unique than rhyming all with itself, and then turning around and rhyming that with "call?" I don't think anywhere near as hard about lyrics as I used to, and I'm sure you know as well as I do that Al can sing whatever he damn well pleases and make it sound great, but that's just lazy. And annoying. Because I don't do the Jesus thing. Sorry. And then the last two tracks are total dick. Which is a problem. "Chariots of Fire" is the worst song I've heard from Mr. Green, who even at his weakest is more boring than anything else. "Chariots of Fire," on the other hand, is just unlistenable, starting with an awful horn fanfare (?!?) and going onto indulge in so many smooth funk cliches that it might as well be a fucking Barry White song. And then "Dream," while far better, is some major boring shit. It's on the long side of things (although when you listen to free jazz, or for that matter any sort of jazz, seven and a half minutes suddenly becomes a lot shorter), and way too uninvolving to be any longer than... oh, let's say two.

It's a shame, too, because it really could've been a fantastic album, Jesus lyrics or not, had it stuck with the first side's ideas. If we put aside the title track (which we really shouldn't, because it's beautiful and heartfelt, although I can't help but wonder why he places himself right at the crossroads of the god/sex quandary when he could just have it both ways, and clearly did for many years. Maybe being rather distant from both gives me a new perspective, but why can't you be a Christian and have premarital sex? Why not just start having sex when you feel ready? Agh, the human race makes no sense to me sometimes, and I'm part of it), it's a side full of nice acoustic funk. Elastic grooves and great bass playing interact pretty well with acoustic guitars, as it happens. This is best displayed on the masterful seven minute "Georgia Boy," probably the best song here, but it also sounds good on "Loving You" and "Feels Like Summer." And if that's Al playing the acoustic, as I've heard, he's got a feel for it.

So, right. One side of good-to-greatness, and one side of disappointment. That makes this pretty far from one of Al's best albums, but on the other hand, this thing is great when it's on its game. Add an extra star and a half if you're a Christian who appreciates soul music listening to this; you'll probably find it's your new favorite album. Me, I just think it's sort of good.

Track picks: "Belle," "Georgia Boy" one of the last in a string of secular recordings made by Green; he had recently converted to Christianity and had been ordained as a pastor, and thereafter he began creating gospel records exclusively.

 


Genre: soul

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Love Ritual

Company: Hi

Catalog: PS 710 

Year: 1978

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: small cut out notch lower right corner; still  in shrink wrap

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5513

Price: $20.00

 

 

This one's not exactly rare, but has become surprisingly hard to locate in good condition.  Part of the explanation probably having to do with the fact it didn't sell worth squat when released ...  From a marketing perspective the album was kind of odd.  Released after Hi Records ended it's distribution agreement with London Records, it may have been a last ditch effort to squeeze a little additional cash out of Green's rapidly fading fan base.  Creatively the album was released after Green had ended his long standing partnership with producer/writer Mitchell Green and as he was rapidly losing interest in commercial releases and the accompanying popular success.  Produced by Mitchell, 1978's "Love Ritual" served as a compilation pulling together ten miscellaneous tracks from Green's mid-to-late 1970s Hi catalog,  That kind of slapdash birth wouldn't seem to bode well for the album, but this was one of the exceptions to the rule.  With Mitchell adding new mixes to a number of the songs, the set was a pleasure through and through.  Perhaps because so many of these tracks had been relegated to the 'odds and ends' bin, they showed Green in a more relaxed and experimental mode.  I'm certainly not talking Brian Eno, or Philip Glass here, but the remixed title track was easily one of the funkiest things Green ever recorded and was worth the price alone.  Equally good 'I Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)', 'Let It Shine', 'Glory Glory' and 'Something' showcasing a sterling guitar solo from Mabon Hodges.   You probably don't need the album if you owned the original studio sets, but if you didn't have them in your collection this one was well worth finding.     

 

"Love Ritual" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Love Ritual  (Al Green) - 4:18

2.) Smile a Little Bit More   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 2:51

3.) I Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)   (Al Green) - 2:45

4.) Let It Shine   (Al Green - M. Hodges) - 3:12

5.) Glory Glory   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 2:45


(side 2)

1.) Keep Me Crying   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 3:06

2.) Something   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 4:24

3.) Oh Me,Oh My (Dreams In My Arms)    (Willie Mitchell - Al Green - M Hodges) - 2:45

4.) I'm Hooked On You   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 3:19

5.) I Tried To Tell Myself   (Willie Mitchell - Al Green) - 3:24

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Truth N' Time

Company: Hi

Catalog: HLP 6009

Year: 1978

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: gatefold sleeve; small punch out hole lower right corner

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5427

Price: $10.00

 

 

Self-produced, 1978's "Truth N' Time" found Al Green returning to a largely secular oriented sound (his last truly secular studio release for some 20 years).  In case anyone cared. of the eight tracks the only overtly religious offering was the charming 'King of All'.  To be honest stylistically the album didn't offer up any major surprises.  Green sounded in good form throughout, though occasionally a little removed from the results.  That said, slightly reserved Al Green was still better than 95% of the competition even when they were firing on all cylinders. The title track, 'King of All' and his cover of the Bacharach-David standard 'Say a Little Prayer' were all well worth hearing.  For goodness sake the man even managing to turn in a decent slice of disco-funk on 'Wait Here'.   To my ears the only real misstep was a needless cover of Lulu's 'To Sir with Love' (which for some weird reason was tapped as a single).  Dedicated to his father, Green's version was certainly heartfelt, but simply didn't add anything to the original.  The only other complaint was the fact the album was extremely short - combined, all eight tracks clocked in at under 30 minutes.  Hi tapped the album for a single in the form of:

 

- 1979's 'To Sir with Love' b/w 'Wait Here' (Hi catalog number 78522) # 71 R&B and # 44 R&B  

 

The single was also released in a 12" format Hi catalog number HD 78523).  Commercially the album proved a disappointment.  It hit # 44 on the R&B charts, but failed to hit the pop charts.  Shame since while not classic Green, it came darn close and served up another one of his albums that grows on you with repeated spins.  

 

"Truth N' Time" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) Blow Me Down   (Bernard Stanton - Carol Stanton) - 3:10

2.) Lo and Behold   (Fred Jordan - Bernard Stanton) - 3:15

3.) Wait Here   (Al Green - Fred Jordan - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 2:45

4.) To Sir with Love   (Burt Bachrach - Hal David) - 4:09


(side 2)

1.) Truth 'N Time   (Al Green) - 3:41

2.) King of All   (Bernard Stanton - Carol Stanton) - 2:23

3.) Say a Little Prayer   (Burt Bacharach - Hal David) - 2:13

4.) Happy Days   (Al Green) - 5:13

 

 


Genre: soul

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Tokyo Live

Company: Motown

Catalog: 5302ML2

Year: 1980

Country/State: Forrest City, Arkansas

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap; double LP; small cut out notch along edge

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 5410

Price: $20.00

 

 

A double LP, 14 track collection, "Tokyo ... Live" was recorded during a pair of June 1978 performances at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo during his "Belle" tour.  One of the problems with any Green live package stems from the fact he has so many classic songs to chose from that coming up with a set list that pleases everyone is simply going to be impossible.  In this case Green and company ran through an okay mixture of radio hits, lesser known tracks (a cover of Kris Kristofferson's 'For the Good Times'), and several then-new numbers ('Belle' and 'I Feel Good').  Green was in good voice throughout, occasionally talking to the audience (which seemed to know most of his catalog).  The arrangements seldom strayed far from the studio versions, though several numbers were stretched to the breaking point  eight minute renditions of  'Let's Get Married' and 'I Feel Good' really weren't necessary).  Elsewhere Green's backing band was enthusiastic, if occasionally a little distracting (particularly the female chorus and some of the fussy horn arrangements).  Highlights included a rousing 'Let's Stay Together', 'Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)' and ''.  Yeah, in case you didn't guess I tend to lean to his commercial catalog.

 

Tokyo Live" track listing:

(side 1)
1.) L-O-V-E (Love)   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Mabin Hodges) - 4:04

2.) Tired of Being Alone   (Al Green) - 5;18

3.) Let's Stay Together   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 3:15

4.) How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?    (Barry Gibb - Robin Gibb) - 3:50

5.) All 'n All   (Al Green - Shirley Green) -  2:32


(side 2)

1.) Belle   (Fred Jordan - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 6:24

2.) Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)   (Al Green) - 5:06

3.) Let's Get Married   (Al Green) - 8:09

 

(side 3)
1.) God Blessed our Love   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Earl Randle) - 5:38

2.) You Ought to be With Me   (Al Green - Willie Mitchell - Al Jackson) - 5:41

3.) For the Good Times   (Kris Kristofferson) - 5:29


(side 4)

1.) Dream   (Al Green) - 2:59

2.) I Feel Good   (Fred Jordan - Reuben Fairfax Jr.) - 8:20

3.) Love & Happiness   (Al Green - Mabin Hodges) - 7:24

 

I've seen the set with two alternative covers:  left to right: French pressing Cream Records (catalog 426005); US Right Stuff CD package, US Hi CD package

 

 

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