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January 15, 2007




I came to the realization that there is something very, very special about Al Green over a decade ago. There are many great soul singers who sing with expressiveness and conviction, but when you hear his version of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?" or "Jesus is Waiting" you are listening to soul music raised to Mozartian levels of complexity, nuance, and formal mastery. His absolute control of every element of the song, including studio production techniques, I believe, puts him the Brian Wilson category of pop artists who have broken through the barrier of genre and market demands to show that 20th C American pop music can indeed aspire to the status of art. At his best, he is capable of producing music that can utterly arrest us on the first listen and hold us for hundreds of subsequent returns, revealing each time some new facet of perfection that astounds and inspires us.

P.S. I always thought it was shame that he's known as a "singles" artist. He is that, of course, but his early 70's albums like "Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still in Love With You" and "Call Me" and "The Belle Album" are beautifully-conceived wholes which really deserve to be listened to all the way through with attention--preferably with headphones on. These are so-called "secular" albums, but for me there are few churches capable of delivering the kind of ecstatic religous experiences contained therein.



big kitty

Does he still preach at this church?


YES!!! He still preach at the Full Gospel Tabernacle.
I saw him in october, a sunday morning. It was fantastic!!!





claire stock

Does Al still preach at this church - I'd love to see him in that enviroment... He is a very special man.


Been a fan of the Rev. Al Green for as long as I can remember and love the bulk of his work. I agree that the Rev is a master in regards in terms of his performances and studio prowess, and is a notable contributor to the popular music pantheon. Thanks for posting the link - I only hope to have the opportunity to capture one of the Rev's performances in a similar "worship"-type setting. It would be a profound spiritual experience, even if you consider yourself religious or not.

On a quick side note, one of my good friends, David Wilson, recently covered "Lets Stay Together" (one of my all-time favorites) on his album, Nobody Does It Better. David is an extremely talented violinist, and the album is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the Rev or if you enjoy tasteful instrumental music.

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