- Vinyl (11 Nov 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Fat Possum
- ASIN: B0028ERC02
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|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. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart|
|6. Let's 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|
With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early 70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals and lush strings.
The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early 70s, influencing not only his contemporaries, but also veterans like Marvin Gaye. Green was at the peak of his popularity when he suddenly decided to join the ministry in the mid 70s. At first, he continued to record secular material, but by the 80s he was concentrating soley on gospel.
During the late 80s and 90s he occasionally returned to R&B but he remained primarily a religious performer for the rest of his career. Nevertheless, Green's classic early 70s recordings retained their power and influences throughout the decades, setting the standard for smooth soul.