Tag Archives: Al Green

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.

SYL JOHNSON-DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. For much of the seventies, Hi Records was one of the most successful Southern Soul labels. This success was only derailed by the increase in disco’s popularity. Before that, Hi Records had gained a reputation as a label who released innovative Southern Soul. The man behind the Hi Records’ success …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 1.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 1. As the year draws to a close, I’ve been compiling my lists of the best releases of 2013. So far, I’ve chosen the thirty best box sets of 2013 and the fifty best compilations of 2013. Now I’ve decided to turn my attention to reissues, …

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AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM.

AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM. When Al Green released The Belle Album, it was a very different album to those that preceded it for several reasons. Belle reflected the changes that were happening in Al’s personal life. For several years, religion had played an important part in his life. During that period, he’d struggled to come …

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AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER.

AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER. There’s a certain irony that just after the release of Al Green’s third album, 1971s Al Green Get’s Next To You, critics thought that his career was in decline. Al Green Get’s Next To You, his second album for Hi Records, stalled at a disappointing number fifty-eight in the US Billboard …

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BACKBEATS: SOUL SEARCHIN’-FINDING GOLD IN MEMPHIS 1968-1979.

BACKBEATS: SOUL SEARCHIN’-FINDING GOLD IN MEMPHIS 1968-1979. During the sixties, Southern Soul was at the height of its popularity. Independent labels like Stax, Goldwax and FAME, and majors like Atlantic released some of Southern Soul’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed music. However, one label’s success lasted from the late sixties, right through the late …

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: WHEN COUNTRY MEETS SOUL.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: WHEN COUNTRY MEETS SOUL. Compilers it seems, are always looking for new ideas for the compilations, that will make their particular compilation standout from the sometimes overcrowded compilation market. Record companies big and small, sometimes perceive compilations as shooting fish in a barrel, an easy way to make quick buck. Having said …

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AL GREEN-LIVIN’ FOR YOU.

AL GREEN-LIVIN’ FOR YOU. A couple of nights ago, I was sitting listening to Al Green, one of my favorite Southern Soul singers, when when I realized that it’s been a while since I wrote about his music. Previously, I’ve written about two of his best albums Let’s Stay Together released in January 1972, and …

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AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM.

AL GREEN-THE BELLE ALBUM. When Al Green released The Belle Album, it was a very different album to those that preceded it for several reasons. Belle reflected the changes that were happening in Al’s personal life. For several years, religion had played an important part in his life, and he’s struggled to come to terms …

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AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER.

AL GREEN-LET’S STAY TOGETHER. I’ve always loved soul music, and have done for many years. Unlike many people, I don’t just focus on one style of soul music. Some people just like Northern Soul, others Motown or deep soul, while other people love the sound of Chicago, Stax or Atlantic. One other type of soul …

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AL GREEN-IS LOVE.

AL GREEN-IS LOVE. Al Green released Is Love in 1975. At that time, his career was perceived as being in decline. The sound that Green, and producer Willie Mitchell, had carefully created, and became the Hi Records sound, had been widely admired up until then. However, in 1975, this sound was seen as stale and …

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