Saturday, April 20, 2013

40 Year Itch : Losing Your Love, Acting Foolishly



Call Me ( home to three great singles : "You Ought To Be With Me", "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" and "Call Me ( Come Back Home)" ruled the charts in June and remains one of the highest praised soul albums of all time. Today Al Green is a minister at the Full Tabernacle Church in Memphis but 40 years ago he was sex incarnate. The smoothest ladies man of them all. He didn't belt out choruses like his contemporaries so much as whisper sweet things into the microphone.

     Call Me also stands out for its two soulful covers of country standards--Hank Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away". The album ends with "Jesus Is Waiting". From here on out--a full year before the infamous grits episode--Green offered up at least one sacred gesture among all the profane.

   "I was born again in 1973, " he says. "It wasn't an incident that did it. No. People are silly when they write that. Nothing happened to bring me to Christ except coming into the knowledge of Christ and being transformed in mind and spirit on a particular morning".

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