AL GREEN: CLASSIC OR DUD?

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He is good drinking music.

, Monday, 5 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

are you serious? this is easy: CLASSIC. The guy has one of the best voices ever.

brent d., Tuesday, 6 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Nah, I was being stupid and reducing his music to "good drinking music". I was wondering if anyone would say he sucked. That woulda been funny.

, Tuesday, 6 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Al Green sucks, dude.

Um, no, he doesn't. Classic, probably the best of all the great soul singers. But it's not just about the voice - the amazing no-frills metronomic Hi backbeat has a lot to do with why his records are so good. "Al Green Is Love" is probably my favourite soul non- compilation album ever.

Tom, Tuesday, 6 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Good drinking music", that makes him sound like Slade or something. What does Tanya think of Al Green ? I don't think anyone else here would say anything nasty about him. There aren't too many performers you could say that about.

Patrick, Tuesday, 6 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Who?

the pinefox, Wednesday, 7 March 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

two years pass...
WHAT???

SHAME ON YOU ALL.

Some of you are WRITERS. All, or most of you, claim to "love music". And yet this is the best you can do, a few shrugs and spindly sentences. This is the MAN. He has made the world an infinitely better place by just being around. BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP.


UBER-classic.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:16 (eighteen years ago) link

What else is there to say?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:29 (eighteen years ago) link

That's more like it! Thanks.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:30 (eighteen years ago) link

My favourite singer ever, and the music he made in the early '70s with Willie Mitchell producing and the Hodges Brothers and the peerless Al Jackson among the musicians is my favourite music ever. No one has ever sounded more as if they have explored and thought about and deeply felt every nuance of what he is singing about. Music gets no more beautiful and moving than Tired Of Being Alone, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart or Let's Stay Together.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 6 April 2003 20:54 (eighteen years ago) link

He's the only guy who could make me go to church AND I'd probably let him fuck me.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Sunday, 6 April 2003 21:34 (eighteen years ago) link

i'd usually have nothing to say, simply because he's untouchable. i have never even questioned my love for his music.

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 6 April 2003 21:53 (eighteen years ago) link

I made it through most of my life not knowing what the big deal was until a pal lent me Call Me which, yeah, is incredible drinking music, and seems to get better with age...

Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 6 April 2003 22:50 (eighteen years ago) link

i still quite like xgau's bit:

http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/music/green-76.php

esp the first two paragraphs

i can't think of another artist/band for whom my love (and yeah it goes beyond a deep and abiding affection or respect or whutever) is so unexamined, so basic and (dare i say it) pure.

jess (dubplatestyle), Sunday, 6 April 2003 22:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, I think I second that.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 7 April 2003 01:57 (eighteen years ago) link

Green is obv a cut above, but as I think we've reached a "consensus of the willing" here (hopefully--it would be difficult for me to countenance dissent), who are your other favorite Hi Records singers/albums/singles?

I really like Otis Clay's Hi singles, like "Let Me Be the One."

More later.

Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 7 April 2003 02:09 (eighteen years ago) link

OV Wright. A nickel and a nail. and Anne Peebles 99 Pounds or Tear your playhouse down.

gaz (gaz), Monday, 7 April 2003 02:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Not a surprise for anyone who knows me but I pick Ann Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain" as not only the best pop single of all time but also really the only single that actually out-Memphises and out-souls "Let's Stay Together" and/or "Still in Love With You"

Kind of a surprise: I'm reviewing the reissues of those first Al Green albums on Hi, and Green Is Blue actually stacks up pretty well. Bonus track of him singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is OMG killa fire-honoring cover of all time

Neudonym, Monday, 7 April 2003 04:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Al Green's unlikely covers are amazing

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 7 April 2003 04:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Beyond classic. Quintessential is more like it. Don't forget "Gets Next to You" either. An essential album that precedes the Trinity.

Ann Peebles'"Trouble, Heartaches, and Sadness" is another Hi-Records gem that Al Green lovahs should search from her great album, "Straight From the Heart."

Cub, Monday, 7 April 2003 04:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Instead of putting out needless best-of after needless best-of (the original Greatest Hits from '75 is perfect, and the albums are basically all worth owning, HINT TOM) The Right Stuff really ought to just do a covers comp. What a thing of wonder that would be....

M Matos (M Matos), Monday, 7 April 2003 12:03 (eighteen years ago) link

are the new reissues that much of an improvement soundwise (a la the Stones reissues which are) I should rebuy them?

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 7 April 2003 13:37 (eighteen years ago) link

...possibly the stupidest question ever posed in the history of mankind

Dadaismus, Monday, 7 April 2003 13:58 (eighteen years ago) link

JB: The reissues are okay, soundwise, but I wouldn't say the transfer is Oh My God Amazing You Can Hear The Spittle! or anything. But they've all got bonus tracks, and maybe if more of us buy these Hi/Right Stuff will reissue everything. Right now it's just the first four...I don't know when/if they're getting to the rest of it.

But them bonus tracks is special. Green Is Blues includes not only "I Want to Hold Your Hand" but also two originals and a cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee"; Gets Next to You has a nice long version of "Ride Sally Ride" and a couple more.

Neudonym, Monday, 7 April 2003 14:02 (eighteen years ago) link

"Listen," a collection of rarities (earlier released on LP as "Love Ritual") is great. The remixed "bwana" version of "Love Ritual" is crazed Memphis/Afrobeat at its best. Willie Mitchell did a lot of great stuff--the Hi Records box contains much to enjoy. Bowlegs Miller doing "What Do You Mean" is probably my favorite non-Green Hi record, a truly insane song that my girlfriend notes I put on every single mix tape I made for a while, like Green I am an evangelist.

Mitchell's Royal Recording studio is still there in S. Memphis. Last time I visited the Big "S" Grill made a very good barbecue sandwich, good jukebox, and there's always Josie's Tamales near there if you need tamales, not to mention Blue Suede Shoe Shine...

Jess Hill (jesshill), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:06 (eighteen years ago) link

I saw Al Green a couple of years ago in a big soft seat theatre and when he started "L-O-V-E", I somehow managed to leap to my feet in overexcitement and then instinctively tried to sit right back down in embarassment but my seat had automatically folded back up under me so I fell on my ass and as I got to my feet redfaced and I looked around me redfaced, everyone was just smiling happily at me like "I KNOW! I KNOW!" It was one of the nicest moments I've ever had seeing live music.


also, as others have mentioned here, there's a wealth of great stuff by other Hi artists like Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright, Otis Clay & Syl Johnson if you want more of that sound - what a band! Al Jackson and the Grimes bros, Willie Mitchell production... oh, oh, and Jess Hill is otm about the "Love Ritual" collection - "Up Above My Head is my favourite Al track maybe... sorry, it's just so fucking good... I'm about to fall off my chair again.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Otis Clay's "If I Could Reach Out (And Help Somebody)" is my favorite record in that late 60s/early 70s help-your-neighbor soul subgenre. Actually that's selling it short because that subgenre contained a lot of dross. It's a beautiful song and has the power to redeem the cliche referenced in the title. Another great Hi singer was George Jackson who sang one sang whose melody sounds suspiciously like the Clay tune just mentioned: "Aretha, Sing One for Me."

Like Stax/Volt etc., Hi's output was so prolific that a lot of horn and string charts, melodies, lyrical ideas, etc. got recycled. I have absolutely no problem with that whatever. It's actually a good way to determine what a given singer brings to the table.

I actually really like the later Hi stuff, from the late '70s, which both is slightly hampered by and benefits from a certain slackness, or quietude. Examples would be Ann Peebles's If This Is Heaven, Syl Johnson's Total Explosion, Al Green's Have a Good Time, etc.

O.V. Wright is sort of a force of nature; his Hi stuff sounds more like his pre-Hi stuff than you'd expect. He doesn't go "uptown" as much as other Hi artists of the period. "That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha" is a great balance though.

Crosspost w/Fritz!

Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

otis clay's "turning over the ground" deserves special mention too... and I meant "hodges bros." not "grimes bros.", I think. I need a valium thinking about this stuff.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:39 (eighteen years ago) link

also the cover art of the fantastic "Al Green Is Love" is hilarious, because the front cover is all nice and you look at it and think, "oh, Al Green Is Love" and then flip over to the back cover, where he's all sweaty and screwed up looking and you think , "Ugh, Al Green Is Stoned!"

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:42 (eighteen years ago) link

haha!

James Blount (James Blount), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:43 (eighteen years ago) link

but anyway if anyone wants to argue about Al Green, the question is surely "Is any of the post-secular/post-Hi stuff any good?"

I don't really know, not having ventured into it... though the oft-maligned "The Belle Album" - the transitional one - is quite good.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:45 (eighteen years ago) link

also, anyone ever been here?
http://www.algreen.com/propic6.jpg

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:52 (eighteen years ago) link

YES I HAVE BEEN! The fulfillment of all my Brit white-boy fantasies!

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:54 (eighteen years ago) link

RFI, S&D: Al Green's gospel recordings (though hardly anyone responded)

Amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 7 April 2003 14:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Absolute classic. By the way, for those, like me, who are collecting the albums as they reissue them with bonus tracks, I emailed the label and they said that Call Me should be reissued by the end of the year, so I'm assuming that there's going to be another set of reissues coming soon.

Jonathan, Monday, 7 April 2003 15:24 (eighteen years ago) link

"Belle Album" as far as I can tell has never been maligned. I have the orig. old Hi LP of it--I feel safe in asserting that it's Green's greatest album. "Call Me" is great too.

I was re-reading some Xgau reviews the other day and came across something he said about Green and the rhythm-section thing happening on those classic Hi records. Xgau says something about the "thick 3rd-beat" emphasis of the drumming and as far as I can tell that's a classic howler--Xgau can't count. He's hearing the second beat as the third beat for some reason--he's counting the eighth notes as quarter notes.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Monday, 7 April 2003 15:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, I was gonna say, is Belle Album really "oft-maligned?" In any case, it's great. Really great, often overlooked Al Green tracks: "That's the Way It Is," "Let It Shine," "Home Again," "Country Boy," "Feels Like Summer," "To Sir With Love."

Burr (Burr), Monday, 7 April 2003 17:41 (eighteen years ago) link

as far as I can tell that's not a howler at all--since the songs are in 4/4 time why wouldn't he count them that way? I always have.

search Hi Rhythm's On the Loose, reissued a couple years ago w/some photo instead of whatever the original cover art was. they're not kidding--it's really loose, like about-to-fall-apart loose, and extremely charming for it

M Matos (M Matos), Monday, 7 April 2003 17:42 (eighteen years ago) link

It's a howler because he's counting the second beat as the third. If you count the eighth notes as quarter notes then "one-and-two" gets misheard as "one-two-three." So Xgau thinks the drummer is accenting on the third beat when it's really the second. That's a howler.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Monday, 7 April 2003 19:24 (eighteen years ago) link

In fairness to Xgau, I think the term "howler" should be reserved for really egregious and obvious errors. As far as I'm concerned this is just a simple mistake; one that I would never have picked up on.

I love Al Green btw.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 7 April 2003 19:50 (eighteen years ago) link

Wow, this turned from a no-brainer to an all-hearter, or something...

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 8 April 2003 06:37 (eighteen years ago) link

anyone asks me what the definition of sensual soul is i say Al Green is, love.

gaz (gaz), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 09:11 (eighteen years ago) link

It's all a bit schmaltzy though, isn't it?
Not to mention the fact that they all just blend together.
Exceptions: "Here I Am Baby," and "Now That I've Found You."

Squirrel_Police (Squirrel_Police), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 10:12 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah--but not being able to comprehend the basic rhythm of an artist for whom you later write liner notes seems pretty fucking egregious to me.

Ace Al Green track, the one I love above all: "Love is Real." The way he says "Say something..."

Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:03 (eighteen years ago) link

only Jess Hill knows anything about music shockah

M Matos (M Matos), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:20 (eighteen years ago) link

He noticed a beatical oddity, that'll do won't it? This isn't an exam! Huge classic. Finding the two Lp 'Greatest Hits' for $2 may be my greatest ever record bargain, a lot of it is just too simply (in emotional terms) perfect to say much about. I like it, I think you should hear it if you haven't.

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:26 (eighteen years ago) link

what? you have to ask if al greens classic? dumb thread

bobo t, Tuesday, 8 April 2003 13:33 (eighteen years ago) link

only Jess Hill knows anything about music shockah

-- M Matos

Man, all I said was that I can count. Maybe that's a shockah where you come from.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:15 (eighteen years ago) link

Arithmetic is sorta taboo in Minneapolis (motherfucker's loves thems some algebra though)

James Blount (James Blount), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 15:17 (eighteen years ago) link

It used to make me cry whenever he came on Ally McBeal.

I will leave that sentance as it stands for Dan's pleasure, but you know what I mean.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 19:10 (eighteen years ago) link

(place, that is)

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Thursday, 3 September 2020 14:01 (eleven months ago) link

he was mostly fine and there were sublime moments.

Just wanted to add that this was really my experience too. The health/voice concerns were mostly when he seemed winded and would sit and sip Gatorade for a bit and let the audience singalong power the song. The high points of the show were joyous.

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/festivals/article_2e73dbe9-8dce-5107-9486-aa5226689125.html

Orson Well Yeah (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 3 September 2020 14:19 (eleven months ago) link

want to just stick up for "truth n' time" which, while maybe not on par with the peak HI / hodges / willie mitchell records, i think is definitely worth a spin. and it will only take less than 27 minutes of your time !

budo jeru, Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:03 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This might work on the 'songs which' thread but listening to the Belle Album and wondering if, like in the title track, there are any other tracks which are explicitly about a threesome with big JC?

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 19 September 2020 19:34 (ten months ago) link

Dylan's "Covenant Woman".

James Gandolfini the Grey (PBKR), Saturday, 19 September 2020 19:52 (ten months ago) link

five months pass...

Shout Factory TV posted this on YouTube a month ago - it's the full episode but skip to 22:00, Green starts his half-hour set after the break. Grab it while you can, this is some damn hot shit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBjBgVwbCw4

h/t to Jimmy McDonough who turned me on to this appearance.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 05:15 (five months ago) link

Man, it's actually not a half-hour, it's two songs, then a third about 20 minutes later, but still great stuff, especially for how it's shot.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 06:05 (five months ago) link

The second number, "I'm So Tired of Being Alone," is just AWESOME, especially when the camera floats up close and circles to his front. Just a flat-out AMAZING performance.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 06:15 (five months ago) link

Wow thanks for that it’s fantastic indeed !
What a magnetic performer.

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 08:43 (five months ago) link

h/t to Jimmy McDonough who turned me on to this appearance.

Is it mentioned in the bio?

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 10:32 (five months ago) link

This is another of those threads we all have to be careful bumping. (throws salt over shoulder.)

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 13:06 (five months ago) link

Do love the gets next ToYou album which is where teh studio version of the Tired of being Alone appears.
I think the version soul/r'n'b that the band is playing on that lp is about an absolute apex of teh form for me but was apparently just a point the band was passing through on their way somewhere else.

Finding something similar with the band backing Little Richard on the Rill Thing. Sublime but I think just a transitory thing that was part of a longer curve or not dependent on whether that band actually played together more. Still would love to find more of the sound both of those records coalesce to individually.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 13:22 (five months ago) link

knowarrimean

Stevolende, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 13:22 (five months ago) link

Is it mentioned in the bio?

Yes, but it kind of gets a brief mention in his Neil Young bio. The TV show wasn't available (or at least easily found) when I read it years ago, so I forgot about it, and then flipping through the book again, I was reminded of it. He brings it up in the chapter on Freedom while listing other great TV musical performances.

McDonough doesn't actually focus on the broadcast uploaded by Shout Factory. According to his Al Green bio, Green made TWO appearances on Soul! that year. By the time Green did the latter, he had blown up into an enormous star, and he was invited as the only guest. He gets the full hour, and it's apparently treasured by some Al Green aficionados as his greatest live performance on film or record: http://www.trunkworthy.com/witness-al-greens-finest-hour-a-moving-soothing-grooving-dose-of-soul/ (Bits and pieces can be found on YouTube, but unlike the earlier appearance I posted, there's no official upload, much less one that's been restored or sourced from the original broadcast master.)

McDonough doesn't say much about the earlier broadcast, but despite its brevity, that appearance has one big advantage over the later performance: the camera work. Unlike the later appearance, they've cleared out the floor space around Green, allowing them to place their cameras MUCH closer, and it makes a world of a difference - you see every nuance in his face and gestures including some long, unbroken shots of Green in close-up. It's so good, it's actually disappointing we only get three songs.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

thanks a lot for posting that. i am very tempted to screen/video capture it so i can keep it after it gets taken down. the performance and filming of "tired of being alone", in particular, is astounding. the set is minimal, but whoever filmed it did a fantastic job. starting with his velvet-tipped shoes, profile shot from the side, catching him tapping his foot, panning up to the face, with the black background. and he is in peak, al green handsome, perfect voice, can do no wrong, no surprise. already some small beads of sweat showing on his forehead. the second verse comes around and the camera slowly shifts from the profile to the front shot, with this lovely era-specific soft-orange glow. i'm not sure words are appropriate for the magnificence of that middle 1/3 of the performance. then the final verse/chorus, a final shift of the camera and zoom out, to show his band behind him as he brings it home.

i think it's all one shot, too? brilliant performance.

i watched the rest of the show, too. holy shit. that was a good fucking show and i would like to track down the rest of the episodes too.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:21 (five months ago) link

i watched the rest of the show, too. holy shit. that was a good fucking show and i would like to track down the rest of the episodes too.

Shout Factory seems to have put up a bunch from the masters, but I'm hoping they or someone get around to the Stevie Wonder episode. He plays for the entire 60 minute show and is amazing.

city worker, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:29 (five months ago) link

yeah, i took a moment to dream on this wikipedia paragraph:

Among the musical performers who appeared on the show were Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind, and Fire, the Dells, Ashford and Simpson,[3] Al Green, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, Max Roach, Gladys Knight, The Delfonics, Kool & The Gang, Mandrill, and Black Ivory, as well as African performers Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba.[5] Others who appeared on the program included boxer Muhammad Ali, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, minister (later politician) Jesse Jackson, actor / singer Harry Belafonte, actor Sidney Poitier,[5] and Kathleen Cleaver, wife of Eldridge Cleaver.[6] Legendary poetry collective The Last Poets also performed on the show.[7]

patti labelle on the premiere, too

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:42 (five months ago) link

that’s great footage of a wonderful performance!

a propos of nothing: Al Green has been one of my all-time favourite artists for more or less forever, and yet I never realised what an incredibly hot guy he was in his prime.

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 19:58 (five months ago) link

i think it's all one shot, too? brilliant performance.

You're right, they did that whole song in ONE shot!

There's another priceless moment in "Let's Stay Together." For the bulk of it, the camera's off to the side, so Green's rarely looking at the camera...but deep into the song, right after he sings "But you'd never do that to me?" he glances to the left, finds the camera, and flashes that awesome, seductive smile and croons "...would you baby?" Even without the video, it would've been awesome because his phrasing is ridiculously perfect. But seeing it? DAMN.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 20:03 (five months ago) link

yet I never realised what an incredibly hot guy he was in his prime.

i think there's an unspoken understanding among all people in relationships that if 1971 al green shows up at your door and wants to sweet talk one or both of you and maybe stay up til 3 o clock in the morn, then that's just going to happen

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 20:07 (five months ago) link

PBS just ran an Independent Lens doc on Soul!! last week. Questlove raves about those Al performances.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 20:15 (five months ago) link

_yet I never realised what an incredibly hot guy he was in his prime._

i think there's an unspoken understanding among all people in relationships that if 1971 al green shows up at your door and wants to sweet talk one or both of you and maybe stay up til 3 o clock in the morn, then that's just going to happen

I would have even let him in when I was still single lol

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 20:18 (five months ago) link

got kind of worried when i saw the revive but instead it's just exactly the kind of ho-hum "best ever is best ever" revive that i love to see all day every day.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:46 (five months ago) link

Here's another favorite, from a Soul Train appearance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vntdKHhhWw

Quality isn't great - looks like a VHS recording - but Green's amazing, incredibly lively even with his arm in a sling.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:16 (five months ago) link

"Have You Been Making Out Okay with Al Green?"

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:17 (five months ago) link

more than okay, friend ;)

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:20 (five months ago) link

Make room on that sofa, sailor

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:23 (five months ago) link

Quality isn't great - looks like a VHS recording - but Green's amazing, incredibly lively even with his arm in a sling.

There's some discussion (and dead links) about this upthread. Too bad there aren't better copies of it on YT, as what sparked that discussion was a remastered rerun from when Soul Train had ceased production and was airing classic episodes (the YMO appearance was also exhumed).

In the interview, he explains the sling as the result of "my fans and I haven't a disagreement about whether I should get into a car" (he'd had a limo door slammed on his arm after a gig).

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:36 (five months ago) link

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:38 (five months ago) link

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

― "what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain)

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

― "what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain)

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

― "what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain)

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

― "what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain)

Not sure if they're still up, but Shout Factory had a bunch of Soul!! eps up for free on Prime.

― "what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain)

YES!!!!!!!!! it is all up there

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:18 (five months ago) link

I watched few today, they rule

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:18 (five months ago) link

episode 3 has max roach
episodes 4-5 are a two part interview between james baldwin and nikki giovanni (who i don't know, but every single person affiliated with this show seems to rule)
episode 6 bill withers singing ain't no sunshine (which didn't even make the damn wikipedia entry?!!)

it goes on and on

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:20 (five months ago) link

jeez, they had to throw in mccoy tyner on the bill withers episode too, just to fill it out a bit

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:23 (five months ago) link

Info on the PBS Doc: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/mr-soul/

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:52 (five months ago) link

nice, thanks! maybe the PBS doc led to the youtube upload which led to this al green revival (which is only appropriate), which led me to all of these nice episodes and now the doc as well! the bill withers episode has been sick. mccoy tyner's band is great of course, and i really enjoyed listening to bill withers talk about coming from nowhere and just being grounded. i always knew he was a great guy from reputation and his music, but it so cool to hear him speak at length, fumble at things like not knowing what "prognosis" was in a question, and just being as relatable as humanly possible.

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 23:58 (five months ago) link

yes -- when i saw this earlier today i was going to link to the doc but i got sidetracked. it's an independent lens production iirc?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:07 (four months ago) link

sidebar: if anyone has not yet watched the bill withers still bill documentary from a few years ago, you're not really living your best life just yet. just saying.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:57 (four months ago) link

y'all should play the second side of Livin' For You.

That's all.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 March 2021 01:01 (four months ago) link

also the first side.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 4 March 2021 01:06 (four months ago) link

and both the second and first sides of every other album al green released between the years of 1967 and 1977.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 4 March 2021 01:15 (four months ago) link

then join us on the couch

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 4 March 2021 01:15 (four months ago) link

Is it odd to prefer the non-singles on Let's Stay Together to the non-singles on I'm Still in Love With You? I think Call Me is stronger than both.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 4 March 2021 01:43 (four months ago) link

Play The Love Sermon from Al Green Is Love, repeat as needed

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 March 2021 02:27 (four months ago) link

is that ... ornette coleman in the front row at 43:44 ??

budo jeru, Thursday, 4 March 2021 03:00 (four months ago) link

It looks like him, but about 20 years too young.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 4 March 2021 03:13 (four months ago) link

They released this performance on DVD a while ago. Stevie wonders soul TV performance was also meant to be released but I think it got pulled for some reason which is a big shame (I stupidly sold a promo DVD of it as I thought it would he released officialy).

Was listening to the album al made with questlove just a few weeks ago as it happens. It's pretty good. Maybe low on strong songs but I found it hard to resist, and was just pleased to hear al in the present day, even if I didnt totally buy some of the overtly romantic sentiments.

candyman, Thursday, 4 March 2021 07:01 (four months ago) link

In the interview, he explains the sling as the result of "my fans and I haven't a disagreement about whether I should get into a car" (he'd had a limo door slammed on his arm after a gig).

McDonough's book talks about this. Linda Wills later claimed Green injured it going through a revolving door. Members of Green's band claim it happened on tour in Ft. Lauderdale - on that tour, they were playing theaters essentially run by gangsters. Green tried to cancel the gig because he wasn't feeling well. There was an argument with the theater owner, and eventually the band watched as this giant thug in a suit walked into Green's dressing room. After a bit of time, that thug came out and left, and ten minutes later, a doctor came in and went into Green's dressing room. The theater owners then told the band they were PLAYING, and when they went to rehearse, Green showed up later with the cast. After that, the band said Green started carrying a gun.

birdistheword, Saturday, 13 March 2021 22:38 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.howardgrimesdrummer.com/about

Drummer Howard Grimes memoir coming July 1

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 21:57 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

No stems no seeds just Al Green

calstars, Saturday, 17 July 2021 02:36 (two weeks ago) link


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