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Al Green - Greatest Hits

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    Personnel: Al Green (vocals); Teenie Hodges (guitar); The Memphis Strings (strings); Andrew Love, Ed Logan (tenor saxophone); James Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Charles Hodges (organ, piano); Archie Turn......more

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Artist: Green, Al
Personnel: Al Green (vocals); Teenie Hodges (guitar); The Memphis Strings (strings); Andrew Love, Ed Logan (tenor saxophone); James Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Charles Hodges (organ, piano); Archie Turner, Michael Allen (piano); Leroy Hodges (bass); Howard Grimes, Al Jackson (drums, congo, bongo); Rhodes, Chalmers, Rhodes (background vocals). Recorded at Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee. The expanded version of GREATEST HITS includes 5 bonus tracks and is newly remastered. Personnel: Mabon "Teenie" Hodges (guitar); Andrew Love, Ed Logan (tenor saxophone); James J. Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Charles E. Jr. Hodges (piano, organ); Michael Allen, Archie Turner (piano); Alex Jackson , Howard Grimes (drums, congas, bongos); Charles Chalmers (background vocals). Audio Remixer: Willie Mitchell. Recording information: Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, TN. Photographer: Bob Levy . Sam Cooke's death in 1964 left a huge void in the world of soul music not filled until Al Green's breakthrough in the early '70s. Although many great male soul singers came and went in the years following Cooke's death, none came close to the smooth and creamy style that translated to consistent crossover success. While Otis Redding was gritty and James Brown relentless, in Green's hands, R&B was sophisticated and suave. GREATEST HITS basks in a style of sultry soul that Green inherited from Cooke. Yet, Green's style owed as much to producer Willie Mitchell's delicate production as it did to the singer's pure falsetto. While not inclined to use the vast numbers of musicians that Phil Spector did, Mitchell's use of James Mitchell (no relation) and Charles Chalmer's string arrangements, the Memphis Horns and the background vocals of Rhodes, Chalmers and Rhodes gave Green's songs a full sound that wrapped itself around Green's aching emotivity. "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" features all t...
See Also:
Let's Stay Together, Gets Next to You, Call Me, Al Green Is Love, Al Green's Greatest Hits, The Definitive Greatest Hits
See Influences:
James Brown, Booker T. & the MG's, The Drifters (US), Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Don Covay
See Contemporaries:
The Family Stand, Percy Sledge, Rev. Claude Jeter, Eddie Floyd, Walter Jackson, Arthur Conley, Johnnie Taylor, Johnny Nash, Patti LaBelle, Toussaint McCall, The Staple Singers, Hi Rhythm Section, Babyface, Harold Melvin, Ashford & Simpson, Freddie Jackson, Willie Clayton, Big John Hamilton, Bobby Womack, The Dynamics, Bill Withers, Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Aaron Neville, The Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Malford Milligan, Donny Hathaway, The Chi-Lites, Al B. Sure!, Teddy Pendergrass, The Masqueraders, Barry White, Rufus Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, Syl Johnson, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, Tyrone Davis, Diana Ross, Sam & Dave, Sidney Joe Qualls, O.V. Wright, Jackie Wilson, James Carr, Aretha Franklin
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Tired of Being Alone
  2. 2 Call Me (Come Back Home)
  3. 3 I'm Still in Love with You
  4. 4 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
  5. 5 Love and Happiness
  6. 6 Let' Stay Together
  7. 7 I Can't Get Next to You
  8. 8 You Ought to Be with Me
  9. 9 Look What You Done for Me
  10. 10 Let's Get Married
Fat Possum Records
Willie Mitchell
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
SPARS Coding:
35 : 15
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.112) - Ranked #52 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "The honey-voiced Green made some of the most visionary soul music of the Seventies..." Vibe (12/95-1/96, p.160) - "...These 15 body-soothing jams are pure butter....'Let's Stay Together' the foundation of the edifice that became his church of love. Green's voice testifies, prophesies, moans, grunts, and downright screams for love, the way some...shout for Jesus..."
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