Why would you not buy this album? Al Green, Mr romantic. Soul music at its very best. 9 tracks and not a dud among them. I expect everyone has their own favorite, mine is "For the good times" This is another albums that brings back memories to those who are of the age to remember dancing to these tracks in their youth. Remember their first romantic encounters, remember the good times. Besides that the lyrics are well crafted and well sung. Unlike a lot of the current offerings that are just five or six words repeated. What is my advice for this CD? Buy it, listen to it,enjoy it, you will not be disappointed.
This album is as finer slice of Soul as has ever been recorded. Since it's release in late 1972, it has come to regarded as a classic, and even if you have never heard the album in it's entirety, you will almost certainly have heard tracks from it featured on samples and soundtracks.
Al Green's work with Willie Mitchell had seen the release of 3 albums, featuring several hit singles. Those albums each refined the Southern Soul sound a little, allowing Al to develop his songwriting talents and find his own voice - and it all came together on "Still In Love With You".
From the beginnning, Al Green's trademark vocal delivery swoops and soars around the Hodges Brothers rhythym tracks, sometimes driving on , as on "Pretty Woman", sometimes coming almost to stop, as on "Simply Beautiful". When he sings a song, Al makes it his own, and never more so than on Kristofferson's "For The Good Times", which he turns into a Soul tour de force. Hits from the album include the title track and "Love and Happiness", but it's not about individual tracks, as this album is one which deserves to be heard as one.
If you are into Soul music, then your collection is not complete without Al Green's "white album"
"I'm Still In Love With You" has everything going for it, it really caught Al Green at the very height of his powers and it continues to sound amazing today. Released in the year of my birth, I grew up listening to this album and have never tired of it. Musically, it is excellently inventive and diverse - the horns and strings of the opening (title) track is followed by the bold, funky drum of the quirky and sweet second number "I'm Glad You're Mine". Later there is the magical acoustic bass tone accompanied by shimmering organ which underlines the mesmerising serenade "Simply Beautiful" . "Love & Happiness" is probably the best known track on here, but that sublime moment when Al tells us "...it makes you wanna dance..." is true for a few numbers on this album. The smooth velvet rendering of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" for instance - one of two truly definitive cover versions - may also find you shuffling inexpertly across the living room. In spite of all this though, "I'm Still In Love With You" is probably cited by most as primarily driven by wonderful lyrics and a truly one-off vocal talent. I want to sing out every word of these songs when I hear them or think about them, and whatever I actually sound like, in my mind I sound as good as Al! Whether the song is upbeat or melancholy, this is music to feel good by. If you're new to Al Green, I would recommend this as the very best title to acquire.
Let's Stay Together's glorious follow-up sees Green's sensuous and "Simply Beautiful" voice and the Hi Records backing band gel perfectly, especially on the title track, and the surprisingly great cover of "Oh Pretty Woman" while that drumming intro to "I'm Glad You're Mine" shows the talent of Green's band, even though his voice reigns supreme. One of soul music's premier artists at his best.