Al Green – Green Is Blues (Hi SHL 32055) (1969)

While still totally recognisable here, Al Green’s distinctive drawling style (and that thick hollow-snared, slinky drum sound of producer Willie Mitchell) had yet to fully form on this 1972 American re-issue of the soul great’s confident ’69 debut. His influences, particularly Sam Cooke, are more pronounced. I did have to laugh at one point during a moody cover of the Box Tops’ “The Letter” where, unable to come up with a sensible vamp, Green blurts out, “My baby done wrote me something on a piece of paper–yeah.”

A sweet record and a classic by anyone’s standards .

Published in: on June 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

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