July 2010

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New CLASSIC Al released July 6th! "Love Ritual"

Love Ritual by Al Green
This collection of remixed and rare songs by Al was released July 6.


1.  Love Ritual (Bwana mix)
2.  Strong As Death (Sweet as Love)
3.  I Think It's for the Feeling (It's Alright)
4.  So Good to Be Here
5.  Up Above My Head
6.  Surprise Attack/Highway to Heaven
7.  Mimi
8.  Love is Real
9.  I Want to Hold Your Hand
10. Ride Sally Ride
11. Beware

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February 2010

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:: Sydney Morning Herald ::

He's here: Al Green promises a jubilant, free celebration of soul

By Bryce Hallett

FORGET the sermons and messages of L-O-V-E - Al Green turns out to be as much a stand-up comedian as one of the world's funkiest soul singers.

The recipient of 11 Grammy Awards, the 63-year-old Reverend wasted no time getting into the Sydney Festival groove in the Famous Spiegeltent in Hyde Park yesterday.

Coming through security at Sydney Airport, he was asked, ''Are you the real Al Green?'' to which the music legend shot back, ''Yeah, why? Is there a fake one running around?''

With an eccentric air and undeniable presence, there was no doubting the veracity of the performer's identity when he began his improvised a cappella: '''I'm so in love with you, whatever you want to do, is all right with me…''.

It is warm applause and generosity of spirit that the festival director, Lindy Hume, hopes will pervade the program.

''There will be lots of love for you here,'' declared Hume before asking the singer what remained closest to his heart. ''My T-shirt … I love you. I do, I love you.'' It was one of those irresistible, slightly awkward, moments. ''No, I mean musically.''

By now the singer was crazily playing his own sweet-loving tune while espousing the virtues of family and the ''illuminatory'' power of the man above. ''It's all about sharing and working together.''

Making his first visit to Australia, Green is the headline act at tonight's free outdoor Festival First Night. He performs at the State Theatre on Monday and Tuesday. He assures that tonight's concert will be a jubilant celebration of soul, showcasing many of his best-known songs, including Take Me to the River, How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? and I'm Still in Love With You. He insists he doesn't have a favourite: ''All the songs are my little kids.''

He is supported by a 13-piece band, and his three daughters - Rubi, Kora and Alva - are his ''doo-waa'' back-up singers. ''I like to keep the money in the family,'' he quipped.

Born in Arkansas in 1946, Green was ordained a pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in the '70s.

During his flight to Australia he learnt that his long-time collaborator and friend Willie Mitchell had died. ''We are all dealing with the loss. He was the mecca of soul and R&B and we're just glad that we had him for so long … He would want us to continue [with the concerts].

''Audiences respond to soul, to people like Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, the Doors and Elvis. That's what it is and why it endures.''

Asked if he had any plans to retire, the sunny disposition was fleetingly erased: ''We're not allowed to say that word in LA. Retiring to what? To have a coffee? I like to work, go places and meet people.''

Festival First Night is on tonight in Hyde Park, Macquarie Street, Martin Place and the Domain.

:: Telegraph, UK ::

Willie Mitchell, who died on January 5 aged 81, produced dozens of classic soul music records, created the so-called Memphis Sound and launched the career of the singer Al Green.

Over six decades, he produced hits for such artists as Ann Peebles and Denise LaSalle and worked with rock stars including Rod Stewart.

Mitchell first came to notice as a musician. In the 1960s, as a trumpeter and bandleader, he featured on hit dance numbers before going to work for Hi Records in Memphis.

In the early 1970s, with Al Green, a former gospel singer, Mitchell defined a new warm, silky style of black music, beginning with Green's debut Tired of Being Alone followed by Let's Stay Together, both of which became huge hits.

The vocals, combined with rich horn and string arrangements, gave soul music a polished and sophisticated feel which ensured that it crossed over into the pop market.

"At last, soul found itself a true star," noted the British music historian Charlie Gillett, "as Al Green crooned, beseeched, and insinuated his way into real acceptance by pop radio and its listeners, without losing the black fans of rhythm and blues music."

Although Green stopped recording secular music in 1978 when he became an ordained church minister, he and Mitchell reunited in 2003 to make another soul album, I Can't Stop, which earned enthusiastic reviews.

In 1977 Hi Records was bought by the British company Cream, which wanted to repackage the label's earlier hits; but Mitchell retained ownership of the firm's shabby recording studio, a former cinema called the Royal.

In 1987 Mitchell also worked with the Scottish group Wet Wet Wet on their album The Memphis Sessions. More recently, despite serious diabetes, he worked on a solo album, Moonlight Over Memphis, with the group's lead vocalist Marti Pellow.

Willie Mitchell was born on March 23 1928 at Ashland, Mississippi, and moved with his sharecropping family to Memphis in about 1930. At Rust College in nearby Holly Springs he played trumpet, and while serving as a radio operator with the US Army in the early 1950s learned scoring techniques from Onzie Horne, a pianist who had worked with Duke Ellington.

In 1960 he went to work at the Home of the Blues record shop and label as a producer before joining the Hi label, initially as a recording artist.

As an arranger, Mitchell worked on several instrumental hits for Hi including Sunrise Serenade (1962). In 1968, at a gig in Texas, he was struck by the voice of the support act Albert Greene, and promised he would make a star of him within 18 months.

Greene borrowed $1,500 from Mitchell to settle some debts, and promptly vanished. When he reappeared two months later, Mitchell shortened Greene's name, smartened him up and started to look for suitable crossover material that would appeal to mainstream audiences.

After some Beatles and Motown covers, Green recorded his own song, Tired of Being Alone, in 1971. His soaring falsetto resonated with record-buyers on both sides of the Atlantic, and within five years he had sold 30 million albums worldwide.

In 2004 the street on which Mitchell's recording studio is situated was renamed Willie Mitchell Boulevard.

Willie Mitchell's wife, Anna Margaret Buckley, died in 2001. Their two daughters and a stepson survive him.

July 2009

:: Winnipeg Sun ::

Al Green delivers a message of love


What's the difference between a Saturday night Vegas revue and a Sunday morning gospel revival?

Nothing. At least, not when Rev. Al Green is the man leading the proceedings.

The 62-year-old Memphis soul legend made his first Winnipeg appearance Tuesday as part of the Jazz Festival, treating 1,600 rapturous fans at Centennnial Concert Hall to a sensational, scintillating performance that was perfectly balanced between get-down sexy and sacredly soulful — though really, it was all about the love.

Taking the stage in a wedding-ready tux, blazing red vest and sunglasses, Green spelled out his message from the get-go, opening his 13-song set with L-O-V-E (Love), from his 1975 album Al Green is Love. As the band played, he pitched bunches of red roses into the crowd — the first of dozens of flowers he clutched, tossed and handed out during the evening — dispensed a few smooches to some ladies down front, and even busted a few funky dance moves.

After proclaiming himself suitably warmed up, Green launched into a fast-paced 85-minute showcase of hits and highlights from his four-decade career. The set list included everything from 1971's Tired of Being Alone to the title track from last year's Grammy-winning album Lay it Down, though the emphasis, of course, was on romantic classics like Let's Get Married, Stay With Me, Let's Stay Together, Still in Love With You and Love and Happiness. He even tossed in a medley of soul classics by The Temptations, Four Tops, Sam Cook and Otis Redding for good measure.

His slick 15-piece backing ensemble — which consisted of dual guitarists and keyboard players, a drummer, percussionist and bassist, a punchy three-piece horn section, a trio of sweet backup vocalists (including his two daughters) and a pair of synchronized male dancers — handled the silky soul seductions and the upbeat funky workouts with equal facility, threatening to turn the venue into a casino showroom with their infectious grooves, flawless performances and precise dynamic control. Whenever Green would suddenly command them to break it down, they would instantly drop to a hush on the next downbeat.

But if you think the Rev. was letting his employees do most of the heavy lifting, you're wrong. Despite his age, he hasn't lost a step as a vocalist. He can croon his hits (and other folks' too) as smoothly as he did 30 years ago. He can command your attention and quiet the room instantly by taking his creamy voice down to a hush. And he can still make your hair stand on end with his screeching falsetto, hitting notes that even Robert Plant's dog can't hear. At one quiet point, he moved several steps off-mike and cut loose with a note that could easily be heard from my seat at the back of the hall. On top of all that, he still knows how to work a room. He got down to shake it with his dancers. He doffed his coat repeatedly like James Brown shrugging off his cape. And over the course of the evening, he gave out more of those roses than a polygamist on Valentine's Day. Whoever his florist is, they're making a mint.

With all those weapons in his arsenal, he was almost sinfully good. But Green also came armed with plenty of salvation. And as you might expect from a man of the cloth, he made some time for the Lord in his set, serving up a richly stirring gospel version of Amazing Grace, and doing a little preaching on the deceptiveness of drugs ("You might do better unstoned"). Fortunately, his devotion didn't come at the expense of his humour. Green also spent plenty of time playfully bantering with the eagerly enthusiastic audience. "I love you too ... man!" he replied to one husky admirer. "Mister, you better leave that woman alone," he quipped after hearing a female scream. "When they asked if we'd come to Winnipeg, we said we'd love to — where's Winnipeg?" he joked (or admitted).

After all that, surprise that the seasoned entertainer had the crowd in the palm of his hand — and on their feet — for much of his performance.

"It's a long way up here from Memphis," he noted. "But the love I'm feeling up here is well worth the trip ... I'm coming back next year."

But first, he had one request: "Can I get some stairs so a man can go down and hug the people?"

See? It's all about the love.

Speaking of love, opening act The Dirty Dozen Brass Band didn't do too badly in that department either. The horn-based New Orleans septet quickly got audience members off their butts with an irresistible set of Crescent City funk, jump blues, ragtime and second-line jazz, including bumptious renditions of Dave Bartholomew's The Monkey Speaks His Mind, Bill Withers' Use Me (with Duhks singer Sarah Dugas handling lead vocals), the mandatory When the Saints Go Marching In, and an instrumental rendition of Shake Your Body Down to the Ground in tribute to Michael Jackson.

Like Green, they also promised a return visit. Here's hoping they're good as their word — and that they come back as headliners.


Since the May 27 release of his chart-topping and critically lauded Blue Note Records album, Lay It Down, it has been a whirlwind year for legendary soul and R&B icon, Al Green. With Lay It Down, Green has delivered the highest debuting record of his accomplished career since his 1972 classic, I’m Still In Love With You.

February 2009

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November 2008

:: PopWire ::

Al Green is always touching up his work

by Walter Tunis

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

18 November 2008

"Man, I wish the Derby was going on while I was there,” said the Rev. Al Green of his upcoming performance in Kentucky. “We could go out and put some money on those horses. But seeing as I’m a preacher, I’d have to keep my bets to $2.50.”

Following such a modest proclamation was a vocal trait almost as endearing and distinctive to Green as his singing: laughter.

It came like a cloudburst - quick, explosive and transforming. Almost without realizing it, you find yourself laughing with him.

“Hey, man, when I sing For the Good Times,” he said, referring to the Kris Kristofferson song he refashioned into a soul hit in 1981, “it means ‘for the good times.’ It don’t mean for the bad times. It means we’re going to make the most of our time together. We’re going to make it work. We gotta make it work because it’s getting pretty late in the game, baby.”

One can’t help but think the Rev. Al has his next Sunday sermon in mind when he talks like that. After all, the veteran soul singer with the killer falsetto has been an ordained minister in his adopted hometown of Memphis for more than 30 years.

But “late in the game” seems also to reflect the secular side of Green’s life and music. Two days before our conversation, he was winding up a European tour in support of “Lay It Down.” The recording is the third in a series of critically lauded albums for the Blue Note label that have set Green back on the path of the earthy, upbeat soul he explored during the early ‘70s. Green’s hits from that era with producer Willie Mitchell - “Let’s Stay Together,” “Tired of Being Alone,” “Love and Happiness,” “I’m Still In Love With You,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and many others - came to define one of the final golden eras of American soul music.

“Every house we played over there was rocking,” Green said of the European tour. “But this music is my life, man. I’ve been doing it ever since I came to Memphis and met Willie Mitchell in ‘70 or ‘71. We’re gonna do what we do wherever we go.”

But “Lay It Down” is the only one of the three Blue Note albums - 2003’s “I Can’t Stop” and 2005’s “Everything’s OK” were the others - that did not have Mitchell at the helm. Instead, Green co-produced Lay It Down with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson of The Roots. He also enlisted new-generation soul stars John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and Anthony Hamilton.

While they summon more of Green’s ‘70s muse than material on the other Blue Note albums, the songs on “Lay It Down” were hardly premeditated. In fact, he wrote the bulk of them with Thompson and several collaborators after recording sessions had begun.

To set the scene, Green keeps his distance to offer a third-person perspective of his work at the sessions.

“If you had a picture of Al at the recording sessions, he would be sitting on the floor,” Green said. “Everybody else would be around him - the organ player, the drummer, the bass player. They’re all in a circle around him.

“That first night we got together, we wrote eight songs. I was talking to Willie about that. He thought that was astounding. So I asked if he liked the album. He said, ‘Of course, I like it. My only problem is I didn’t get to produce it.’ But he wished me well, hugged me and said, ‘Hey man, a fine album.’”

What “Lay It Down” shares with the preceding Blue Note records is Green’s boundless vocal exuberance. At 62, the gleam and fire of his falsetto and the sheer jubilance of his phrasing haven’t diminished. The singer says he takes care of himself, walks 3 ½ miles every morning and again, “at a very brisk pace,” in the evening.

“I’m still striving to be the best,” Green said. “The girl singers in our band say, ‘What are you trying to do when you’re out there onstage singing that hard?’ I say, ‘I’m trying to perfect something.’ And they’ll go, “Perfect something? This music was perfected when you cut it.’”

With that, the laughter pours out again like a waterfall.

“I guess my music is like an oil painting. I just try to touch it up - a little blue here, maybe a little red or white. I just want to perfect it so when I’m done with it, I can say, ‘Now I can sign my name at the bottom of it and present it.’ That’s it.”

When asked whether he had a favorite song among those paintings, Green fell silent momentarily before using audience reception on his recent North American and European tours as a gauge.

“Whether it’s overseas or in America, it’s going to be ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ On that one, everyone stands, everyone sings and everyone dances. And then Al comes out and throws flowers and roses everywhere (reviews of Green’s recent shows attest to the latter). It’s just a song that makes everyone come together.”

Of course, when Al Green, soul superstar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, isn’t touring the world, he remains the Rev. Al to the members of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis. But while concert audiences and church congregations might approach his music with different forms of devotion, Green says spiritual and secular followings are more similar than either realize.

“Man, I find life similar,” Green said. “And I always will. If we look at ourselves, we will find we have more in common than our differences. Take both groups and put them together and you have the answer because if you smile, the whole is going to smile with you. But if you’re a crybaby, well, you’ll just be crying by yourself.”

:: Weekly Dig ::

Al Green

By Isabelle Davis

The greatest Southern soul singer of all time. The man responsible for many conceptions. The 62-year-old reverend with a flawless falsetto. The crusader of love and happiness. The legendary Al Green.


Well, those are nice words you're using now, Ms. Davis, but I don't know, I don't do anything. I didn't give it to me, so I don't really know how to keep it. All these songs I didn't give to me either, so I kinda, like, don't know.



We planned to do a duet album. That was a plan. But Justin Timberlake was in Australia, there were other folks that were on tour in Canada, so they couldn't do it. And the very people that we didn't think could do it, like John Legend, just so happened to be in New York. I don't really know how this stuff came to be.



How could anybody say, for instance, if you use it metaphorically, "Take me to the river, wash me down." That's about somebody higher than somebody who just simply says, "I love you and I'll see you after dinner."



She's a sweetheart. Valisa, too, is a friend of hers—I'm real proud of them. Because this is my daughter, and this is Valisa, and Valisa is a member of the church also, and my daughter is a member of the church also, and I'm the pastor of the church also, and therefore we on the road also, singing "Love and Happiness" also.



Well, I live in Memphis. So living in Memphis, people give you your space. But [laughs] they'll follow you to a restaurant. They love you and "I don't wanna impose, but could you sign the back of my T-shirt?" And I'm like, "You got the T-shirt on!"


:: Rolling Stone Magazine ::



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September 2008

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Since the May 27 release of his chart-topping and critically lauded Blue Note Records album, Lay It Down, it has been a whirlwind year for legendary soul and R&B icon, Al Green. With Lay It Down, Green has delivered the highest debuting record of his accomplished career since his 1972 classic, I’m Still In Love With You.

On September 10, Green is set to appear again on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. This will be Green’s second performance on the popular late night program this year. In May, Green performed for the “Summer Concert Series." Other late night TV appearances followed with the “Late Show with David Letterman” in June and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in August.

Green became the recipient of the 2008 BET Lifetime Achievement Award and gave a well-received performance at the BET Awards in June. He then embarked on a worldwide tour that included his first show ever at New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall. In September, his U.S. tour will hit Los Angeles, where he will Lay It Down at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, September 20. Then he will take off on a European tour throughout October and November.

July 2008

:: Jet Magazine ::

Soul music icon Al Green returns with an amazing comeback and new chart-topping CD Lay It Down. Thirty years after bringing us classic tunes such as Love and Happiness and Let’s Stay Together, the 62-year-old R&B legend talks to Jet magazine about how he landed on top of the charts in today’s fast-moving, youth-oriented music industry. “I am shocked. I’m very excited about it. It’s a comeback,” Green said, when asked about the success of the new CD, which features talented, new-school R&B, soul and hip-hop musicians including John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Corinne Bailey Rae, and The Roots.

Green also spoke to Jet magazine about how his 1971 breakout hit Tired of Being Alone is the perfect description of his personal life. The father of six and grandfather of four says that he is searching for that special someone and hopes to find her soon. “I would love to get married again,” he said. (p. 40).

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:: Los Angeles Times ::

Watching Al Green sing live should be on any list of "Things to Do Before You Die." So it was understandable that at the rehearsals the day before Tuesday night’s BET Awards, pre-show buzz revolved not around much-anticipated performances from ballyhooed superstars like Lil Wayne, Usher, Kanye West and Rihanna, but rather on the 62-year old soul legend, whose creative prime was once thought to have ended with Watergate.

Indeed, on Tuesday afternoon, the Shrine Auditorium lived up to its name, with Green and the Lifetime Achievement Award he was set to receive the next night, dominating dialogue between performers and producers.

"The highlight for me would be getting to see Al Green perform. It'd make my day," Queensbridge rapper Nas said. "I want him to sing 'Love and Happiness.' "

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June 2008

:: Blue Note Records ::





"The soul legend teams up with The Roots for his best disc in decades."

Rolling Stone


It’s only half over, but 2008 has been a whirlwind year for legendary soul and R&B icon, Al Green. With his new album, Lay It Down, released May 27 on Blue Note Records, Green delivers the highest debuting record of his career, charting at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at #4 on the R&B/ Hip-Hop chart this week. It’s Green’s highest chart position since his classic I’m Still In Love With You peaked at #4 in 1972.


Lay It Down has also galvanized the critics, who’ve unanimously agreed its Green’s best effort since the 70’s. The New York Times declared, “Of course it’s Al Green, seemingly unchanged by any trend, who owns this moment; he remains the beacon to which everyone else on ‘Lay It Down’ genuflects,” while Entertainment Weekly said, “Al Green’s just-released Lay It Down is a startling return to form for the soul great.” And it doesn’t stop there. The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Parade, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, NPR and a slew of others have given Lay It Down glowing reviews. Green performed on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Summer Concert Series" on Wednesday, May 21, and will perform on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday, June 5.


But the minister of L-O-V-E is no stranger to accolades throughout his career. Green has won nine Grammy Awards, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame, and is the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.


:: Paste Magazine ::

"I was sitting on the bed in my pajamas, on the phone with the publicity president at Blue Note, and we were talking about doing a duet album. But there was just so many people wanting to duet that there was too many to duet with. "

Over the past three decades, Al Green has proven a master of transformation. In the early ’70s, he helped reinvent Southern soul with his lush ballads. By the latter part of the decade, personal tragedy steered him from secular music to the church—though not before he released transitional masterpiece The Belle Album, a revelatory explosion of spiritual soul.

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:: BET.com ::

Despite his longstanding career, Al Green is still history in the making. The new album (Lay it Down) comes three years after his last CD, Everything’s OK, released in 2005. Proof positive that Al Green isn’t finished with his musical contributions.

Spanning four decades, Green’s career is still in full swing. In the early 1970s, Green solidified his place in R&B by dropping some of the best music of its time. His hits transcended him from R&B singer into pop icon. Then, in 1976, Green added Gospel music to his resume, and since 1979 has led his Memphis-Tennesee Baptist congregation, the Full Gospel Tabernacle.

But Gospel music had always been a big part of Al Green. He had been singing since he was 9 years old, forming a gospel quartet with his brothers, called The Greene brothers, in their hometown of Forest City, Arkansas. But by 1969, Green was ready for a solo career and signed as a solo artists to Hi Records. This is when Al Green found that dynamic voice and really got to utilize his other musical talents. He is a talented songwriter, singer, reverend, who is famous for his unique brand of soul music.

With classic records such as “Let’s Stay Together” and “Love and Happiness,” Al Green has one of the most impressive discographies in R&B history. He says, "The music is the message, the message is the music. So that's my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me—a little ministry called love and happiness."


:: Chicago Tribune ::

Al Green shows his disciples a few old tricks --- and they still work After two decades of devoting himself to gospel and his ministry in Memphis, Al Green returned to secular themes and soul music in the mid-‘90s. The comeback hit full stride when he reunited with producer Willie Mitchell for two old-school R&B albums, “I Can’t Stop” (2003) and “Everything’s OK” (2005). Neither eclipsed his greatest work with Mitchell from the ‘70s, but both affirmed that Green’s supple voice could still melt hearts.

His latest album, “Lay it Down” (Blue Note), pairs him with admirers from contemporary hip-hop and R&B: Anthony Hamilton, Corrine Bailey Rae and John Legend take turns dueting with The Voice, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and James Poyser of the Roots produce. Thompson and Poyser don’t do anything radical; instead they consciously echo classic Mitchell-Green productions with simmering grooves embroidered with horns and strings.

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:: NPR ::

And now, a conversation about love.

Soul singer Al Green has spent his entire career trying to spread the love. Green became famous singing love songs in the 1970s, with hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone." In the '80s, he shifted to gospel and released several religious albums.

Now, Green has shifted back to secular music, as displayed on his latest record, Lay It Down. But instead of working with his old-school Memphis rhythm section, he's teamed up with younger artists. The drummer ?uestlove of hip-hop outfit The Roots co-produced the album, which features guest appearances from contemporary singers John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and Anthony Hamilton.

The music, however, is still vintage Al Green. He spoke with Michele Norris about recording the new album.

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