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Lay It Down [CD]

Al Green Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0016A2FFG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lay It Down - Anthony Hamilton
2. Just For Me
3. You've Got The Love I Need - Anthony Hamilton
4. No One Like You
5. What More Do You Want From Me
6. Take Your Time - Corinne Bailey Rae
7. Too Much
8. Stay With Me (By The Sea) - John Legend
9. All I Need
10. I'm Wild About You
11. Standing In The Rain

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Few performers have ever been so inimitable as the Reverend Al Green, so it's no surprise that the starry young collaborators who join him on the superb Lay It Down simply let the man sing in the way he knows best, and make their own contributions fit around his. Despite the presence of such luminaries as John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae and the support of co-producers James Poyser and the Roots' Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson, this is very much Green's show. But although the smart production attempts to update his classic sound, Lay It Down recognises and preserves its enduring strengths. ?uestlove's brilliant drumming perfectly recaptures the languid snap the late Al Jackson Jr. brought to Green's legendary seventies hits, Larry Gold's string arrangements are measured and minimal while crack guitarist Chalmers 'Spanky' Alford, on one of his last sessions, demonstrates precisely how to balance rhythm and detail (The album is dedicated to his memory). Songs like the elegant title track, where Green out-emotes the decades-younger Hamilton, "Take Your Time", a lovely deep soul duet with Bailey Rae, and the quietly propulsive closer "Standing In The Rain" are naggingly timeless, though there really isn’t a weak track on this excellent record. Lay It Down is a gift from one generation to the man that inspired them.--Steve Jelbert

Product Description

EMI 3484492; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Pop Internazionale

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real Soul album by the No 1 Soul Man 24 Jun 2008
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Since the first time I heard Al Green (on "Tired of Being Alone", around 1970) I have regarded him as the paramount Soul man, His partnership with Willie Mitchell in the 70's produced some of the most consistent and superb music of that or any other era, and which came to define Soul for many. Soul went out of fashion around the time Al "retired" to his Memphis church, and he has struggled to reach anything approaching those dizzy heights since his return to secular music.

He is not alone in that. Nor is it unique to hitch up with current star names. There have been many attempts by 60's and 70's artists to recreate their success, and the fact that only a few have pulled it off tells you that it takes more than an up to date who's who. What it does take is that those involved have respect - for both the artist and for the work he did, and the ability to draw on that, bring it up to date and avoid cliche. They have managed it on "Lay It Down".

Here they provide what Al Green had in the 70's - a framework where his vocal can run in and out as he pleases, where he can swoop and soar and ad lib as the mood takes him and where his voice is, at times, just another instrument. As for individual tracks, the title track has a beautiful chorus across which Al whoops and wails and "Just For Me" could have lifted the rhythm track from "Let's Stay Together" (but it didn't).

Anyway, you get the picture - this is a real Soul album, from the master of the genre, which stands comparison with Al Green's classic 70's albums - yes it is that good. All of those involved on "Lay It Down" deserve enormous credit for creating a truly superb album - if you love Soul, what are you waiting for, just buy it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Known for classic soul songs soul music such as `I'm So Tired Of Being Alone' and `Let's Stay Together' amongst many, Al Green returns in 2008 with a new album, Lay It Down.

11 songs that sound they were released in 1972, yet have a 2008 sound. Also featured on this CD is Corrine Bailey Rae, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and the impressive horn section, the Daptones, members of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

The opening track the ballad `Lay It Down' with Anthony Hamilton has all the standard Al Green trademark sound with Hamilton providing background vocals, the rest of the album follows this classic pattern with the tracks like `Too Much', `Stay With Me' which features John Legend. Green gets funky on the up-tempo tracks `You've Got The Love I Need', `I'm Wild About You' and `Standing In The Rain'. `Take Your Time' is a fine ballad with Corrine Bailey Rae as an excellent partner for Green.

Credit to the producers of this album James Poyser, Ahmir Thompson of the hip-hop band The Roots who along with Green decide to make this CD reflect Al Green's classic sound for which he is renowned. This is an excellent album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars His best work in years! 3 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have bought AG albums in recent years and while I haven't exactly been disappointed, as they have all had their good moments and Al is a solid performer, they have failed to thrill. I think Al lost something when he got religion - a certain spark that's hard to define. However, he's certainly got his sparks together with this one (and no mention of the "Reverend" bit - I wonder if there's a connection?). Anyway, this is definitely Al's best work in years and in fact it's one of the best albums I've heard in years by anybody. It still does sort of have that Willie Mitchell/AG shuffle and yes the drumming is reminscent of Al Jackson, but it's more funky. The production is superb. I love the guitar and the gorgeous Hammond B3 organ (yes a real one I assume) gets in there tellingly on most tracks. Unless I'm mistaken it's an acoustic album or if there are synths they are very low key. Tight horns and tasteful string arrangements. What more could you want? I personally doubt if the songs themselves will survive the test of time, and don't expect meaningful lyrics - this is soul after all! However, you really don't notice because the performances are so strong and the result is not a dud track to be found. I could do without Corrine Bailey Rae. She always sounds to me as if she might actually be able to sing but can't quite be bothered so just whimpers instead. But that's a minor niggle. Otherwise it's like they started playing music again. Fabulous. Buy it!
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As has been mentioned by others, "Lay it Down" is Al Green's latest effort to replicate the sound that kept him a mainstay on radio during the early 70's. Each of the eleven tracks, including his collaborations with the likes of Anthony Hamilton (on two tracks), Corinne Bailey Rae, and John Legend, features Green at his most soulful, backed by musicians/arrangers that truly know how to support such a legendary talent.

The album's highlight is actually one of the duets: the one with Rae, entitled "Take Your Time." The young singer's unique vocals match Green's heartfelt crooning perfectly, making one long to hear the two on some future effort.

The only complaint of the CD, resulting in the loss of a star, is that a couple of the tracks sound TOO much like each other, making them somewhat interchangeable, adding a little confusion to the listening ear.

One might ask, "Didn't I just hear that song?" as the album makes it spins on the CD player.

With that said, however, "Lay it Down" is still a welcome pleasure for fans of Green and real rhythm and blues, not the Usher/Chris Brown/Justin Timberlake type that passes for the genre today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2008
I bought this album a couple weeks ago but i've listened it before and i must say that it's one of my all time favourite albums. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by rjpinto
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome, surprising return to form
It's something of a rarity in the music industry when a musician who's golden era has long passed manages to release an album of anything other than middling quality but the... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2009 by Simon Bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Back again
Al is back...This is what he does best and he is back to his all time best.
Published on 23 May 2009 by E. Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend
Iv been a fan of al for many years now and once again he delivers a brillient album,im also a fan of hiphop and so was very pleased to see the production handled by ? Read more
Published on 14 May 2009 by CRAZE
4.0 out of 5 stars More good work from Al Green
An improvement over "I Can't Stop" and "Everything's OK". Excellent collaborations. Still not quite as good as his work in the 1970s (is Al Green the top male soul singer ever... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2008 by vast leviathon
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Green Is Love Again (Lay It Down)
"Al Green Is Love" was one of his classic excellent albums released around 1975. However I think he has done it again, this time with "Lay It Down". Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2008 by brentalexis
5.0 out of 5 stars Al + young guns = marriage made in soul heaven!
This is superb . It starts brilliantly and ,incredibly, the quality never dips afterwards . If you like old-school soul , you're gonna love this . Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by Uncle Cobbly
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Not often do I write reviews either.. Always seems a bit pointless really.. I mean when do people usually feel compelled to write a review when they feel indifferent about a... Read more
Published on 30 May 2008 by Ziggywatters
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Classic Soul
Wow, I don't write many reviews but had to write one here as this album deserves to be a massive hit. Read more
Published on 4 May 2008 by Wookie
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