Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Welcome in Wednesday with the Reverend Al Green
Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
Al Green - I Wish You Were Here
Ok ok, I know it keeps on switching but bear with me people, we're now back using Rapidshare for downloads. This is due to their unlimited download option so you all get a share of the music. Files will be available for seven days from posting and I've also reposted Rasputin Stash and Detroit Emeralds with this.
So, after the couple of days away and feeling the song of love in my heart after Valentines day I see this as the perfect time to post up some music by one of my all time favorites, Al Green.
I've heard people dismiss Al Green as the poor man's Marvin Gaye before which boils my blood as while Marvin's voice is the ultimate in seduction and foreplay I've always thought Al's voice was more like the act of sex itself, all shrieks and growls. Look I've had a couple of days off, I've had no sleep, forgive me this bit of pretentious twaddle.
Anyway, onto the music and two tracks that not only showcase Al Green's amazing voice but also the excellent production work of longtime collaborator Willie Mitchell, I've always loved the washed out sound of his strings and beats and the sound of the organs that immediately signals it as an Al Green track. I'll assume you know all about Al but if not you can read more here. You can also find out more about Willie Mitchell here.
The first song, I'm Glad You're Mine from the 1972 album I'm Still In Love With You has had it's beats sampled many times, and is a superb upbeat song from Al. I love the playful organs that run throughout the track and the way Al's voice is layered over the beats.
The second song, Wish You Were Here from the 1975 album Al Green Is Love is more of a standard Al Green slow number. I love the strings at the beginning of this track, only sampled once to my knowledge by Lootpack. Once again the production is stunning and Al Green delivers, as ever, perfect vocals over the top.
Seriously, listen to these two tracks and then try and tell me he's a poor man's anything.
You can buy I'm Still In Love With You here
You can buy Al Green's Greatest Hits here