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Wed, June 5, 2013
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Albert Greene (born April 13, 1946), better known as Al Green or Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, better known for scoring a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Love and Happiness" and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together". Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music". Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 66.
Let's Stay Together is a 1972 album by soul singer Al Green, and is the follow-up to his moderate success Al Green Gets Next to You. It was recorded at Royal Recording Studio, 1320 S. Lauderdale, in Memphis and was a success, peaking at number eight on the pop albums chart and became the first of six albums to peak at number-one on the soul album chart (where it claimed the position for ten weeks). It is most well known for the title track, which became Green's signature song and only number-one pop hit single. The album was the third Willie Mitchell produced Al Green album and marked the beginning of Green's classic period of critically acclaimed albums. Let's Stay Together was reissued in 2003 by The Right Stuff.
The album's appeal was widespread among critics. At the time, Rolling Stone noted "Green's voice is something to marvel at. He can croon, shout, scat, rise to the smoothest falsetto, and throw in the funkiest growls...Let's Stay Together is, like its predecessor, an indispensable treat." In 1999, Q magazine wrote that the album "shows him as the authentic voice of love's pain and purity on such wonders as 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?'" and that "[H]is cover of the Bee Gees' 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?' took the soul ballad to new levels of artistry and refinement."
All songs written by Al Green, except where noted
"Let's Stay Together" (Green, Jackson, Mitchell) – 3:18
"La-La for You" (Green, Mitchell) – 3:31
"So You're Leaving" – 2:57
"What Is This Feeling?" – 3:42
"Old Time Lovin'" – 3:19
"I've Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do)" (Floyd, Isbell, Jones) – 3:41
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" (Gibb, Gibb) – 6:22
"Judy" – 3:47
"It Ain't No Fun to Me" – 3:23
Bonus tracks featured on 2003 reissue
"Eli's Game" - 4:55
"Listen To me" (Traditional) - 2:30