Monday, October 23, 2017

Al Green - Raw, Rare and Unreleased!

I don't recall that I ever got around to posting this one.

"There's no discographical information included on this release, so it's hard to tell the origin of these cuts, but this is no fly by night, gray market release. Hi Records released all of Green's greatest (read "secular") '70s albums, and any compilation of rare and/or previously unreleased material from the Hi vaults should be regarded as manna from the heavens. The material lives up to the album title's promise; the recording quality is somewhat raw (many cuts sound like rough mixes), but never off-putting. The sonic grit only serves to increase the impact of the tunes. For much of this recording, Green is in a hard-hitting, funky mode, eschewing the fragile Love Man style he often favored. Upbeat soul numbers like "Right Now, Right Now" and a churning cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" (on which Green has some trouble remembering the wordy lyrics) show Green's debt to Otis Redding." AMG

8 comments:

KingCake said...

http://www63.zippyshare.com/v/TgU50xiU/file.html

pmac said...

Great timing, my friend, with Robert Cray having just performed in N.O., and with his most recent release being a homage to Green's old label. Many thanks!

Moe said...

Thanks KC!!

D0dge57 said...

Thanks very much for this, I've not seen it before so I'll look forward to hearing the Reverend. Judging by the track listing it looks like these are rough mixes etc from his earlier albums for Hi, although I'm sure his demos will be almost as good as most singers finished material.

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Feilimid O'Broin said...

A very belated thanks for this le Roi! To think, we once had a president who knew the lyrics to and could sing Al Green songs and "Sweet Home Chicago". It seems so long ago during this winter of our discontent. Needless to say, whether sacred or profane, Al Green is always welcome in my home.

lucky5 said...

Thank you, KC!

Don Pedro said...

Thanks. Feilimid O'Broin speaks the truth.
Your blog is top of the top.

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