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
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...
Let's Stay Together, Call Me, Al Green Is Love, Al Green's Greatest Hits, Gets Next to You, The Definitive Greatest Hits
Jackie Wilson, The Drifters (US), Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Don Covay, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Booker T. & the MG's
Jackie Wilson, Percy Sledge, Curtis Mayfield, Al B. Sure!, Marvin Gaye, Arthur Conley, O.V. Wright, Willie Mitchell, Babyface, Malford Milligan, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Tyrone Davis, The Staple Singers, Hi Rhythm Section, Eddie Floyd, The Masqueraders, Johnnie Taylor, Big John Hamilton, Willie Clayton, Patti LaBelle, James Carr, Aaron Neville, Sidney Joe Qualls, Syl Johnson, The Family Stand, The Isley Brothers, Lou Rawls, The Dynamics, Rufus Thomas, Teddy Pendergrass, The Chi-Lites, Donny Hathaway, Harold Melvin, Ashford & Simpson, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Toussaint McCall, Barry White, Rev. Claude Jeter, Walter Jackson, Ann Peebles, Freddie Jackson
1 Tired of Being Alone
2 Call Me (Come Back Home)
3 I'm Still in Love with You
4 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
5 Love and Happiness
6 Let' Stay Together
7 I Can't Get Next to You
8 You Ought to Be with Me
9 Look What You Done for Me
10 Let's Get Married
Fat Possum Records
Number of Discs:
Studio or Live:
35 : 15
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'...is 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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