Greatest Hits - (Import CD)
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- Al Green (Vocals)
- Willie Mitchell
- Al Green's Greatest Hits [Fat Possum]
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 cross-over 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 these elements at play, along with the crack cadence of former MG drummer Al Jackson and brothers Teenie and Charles Hodges, whose respective guitar and organ juice up the rhythm.
Thematically, listening to GREATEST HITS is like thumbing through a primer on the evolution of a relationship, and the ups and downs that come with it. The despair of "Tired Of Being Alone" gives way to a fleeting affair in "Call Me (Come Back Home)." The joy Green finds in "Love And Happiness" is temporary before the pleading begins anew with "Let's Stay Together," then gets tied up with a declaration ("L-O-V-E (Love)") and a proposal ("Let's Get Married").
- Country of Origin
- Fat Possum
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tired of Being Alone
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Call Me (Come Back Home)
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] I'm Still in Love with You
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Love and Happiness
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Let' Stay Together
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Can't Get Next to You
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] You Ought to Be with Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Look What You Done for Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Let's Get Married
- Studio / Live
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..."
- Willie Mitchell
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