Tuesday, October 23, 2012

40 Year Itch: Al Green Is Still In Love With You

Al Green already had everything in place on his earlier 1972 album Let's Stay Together: his smooth singing "Lover Man" persona, Willie Mitchell in the producer's seat and a hot Memphis band featuring former MG's drummer Al Jackson Jr and guitarist "Teenie" Hodges. I'm Still In Love With You, released October 23, 1972,  is more of the same...just better.

The album kicks off with the Top 5 title track, and includes another Top 5 hit, "Look What You've Done For Me" which strikes me as a bit of a re-write of "Let's Stay Together" .

There's a future single here too. Hi Records waited five years before releasing "Love And Happiness" as a single. Not that it did much in the charts. I'm Still In Love With You also has cover songs by Kris Kristoffersen  ("For The Good Times") and Roy Orbison ("Pretty Woman") .The most recent release has two bonus cuts including "Up Above My Head". 

Is this the best Al Green album? The album hit the Top 5 on the Billboard album charts and ranks 285 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums. Robert Christgau called it "Easily the most consistent soft-soul LP of the year". But I'm still going with 1973's Call Me or 1974's Al Green Explores Your Mind.

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