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Hi Records

Al Green - Gets Next To You

$36.00

Hi Records

Al Green - Gets Next To You

$36.00

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“With the release of the album Al Green Gets Next To You, the music of Hi Records is brought to wholesome fruition. Green, simply, is one of the most highly energetic and intensely expressive new singers around, with a master’s ability (notably, Charles and Redding) to subordinate lyrics to the urgent rhythmic primacy of their sounds, while suffusing them with their corresponding emotional feeling.

When I saw Green at the Apollo a few months ago, he virtually confronted his audience and compelled them to respond with the energy he generated. And so it is on this record, with Mitchell opening musical terrains for Green to roam. On the cliche-prone “Light My Fire,” Mitchell sets up almost unbearable tension by seductively slowing the groove, with Green pacing through it, characteristically moaning, panting, shrieking, and even stuttering.

Other brilliant conceptions are the unprecedented rendition of a gospel song in a completely secular context, Johnny Taylor’s — cum — Soul Stirrers, “God is Standing By,” done in Mitchell’s most favored, insistently syncopated groove. And there is, of course, Green’s Top 20 hit, “Tired of Being Alone.” The ultimate Hi song, it is a compelling pastiche of hooks and riffs that coalesce more firmly and commandingly into song with each listening.” – Rolling Stones

Label: Hi Records ‎– SHL 32062

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue 

Country: US

Genre: Funk / Soul

Style: SoulFunk