Al Green is one of the world's greatest soul singers, emerging in the s with a truly stunning voice. Now known as The Reverend Al Green, he has released 29 albums over the decades, and we always love playing his soulful tunes. This soul classic was first recorded in , but p roblems occurred with the first tape, and so it was postponed. It was later altered and perfected the second time. Released in , it was one of Al's first big hits around the world. Scottish band Texas later had their own hit with a cover in The Bee Gees first released this mellow love song in , and it was already a hit for the Brothers Gibb.
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Spin : "He slayed with the singles Probably his best LP, with Willie Mitchell's yin-yang arrangements, all stabbing horns and engorged strings, in top form. Rolling Stone : 4 stars out of 5 - "When he was signing about it, even ambition sounded like an act of faith. Rolling Stone : 4 stars out of 5 - "
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Greene — who dropped the e after he released his debut album — grew up dirt poor, one of 10 children born to a sharecropper family in Arkansas. They piled the kids and their few belongings into a truck and hit the road under cover of darkness. Greene stayed with friends, with whom he formed a band, initially called the Creations. They were billed as Al Greene and the Soul Mates, and released this self-penned single on their own label. The record became a local and then a national hit, and the band were invited to the Harlem Apollo, where an ecstatic crowd called them back to perform nine encores of the song. The truly life-changing performance, however, came the following year and was only witnessed by a handful of people. Late in , the demoralised singer — now touring solo, his Soul Mates all pursuing day jobs back in Michigan — performed a gig in a bar in a tiny Texas town. Eager to get a break, Greene introduced himself to Mitchell and tried to let the older man know he was looking for help and advice, without losing face by actually saying as much. Mitchell and his band were won over; after the gig, they agreed to give Greene a lift north, as far as their home base in Memphis.
In , the album was ranked number 52 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all time ,  maintaining the rating in a revised list. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Al Green. Retrieved February 24, — via robertchristgau. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 March The Village Voice. Retrieved February 24, Rolling Stone. Retrieved