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Call Me, Al Green, 1973
Prior to 1974, Al Green produced a string of amazing soul albums - however it took a mad married girlfriend of his to pour boiling hot porridge over him whilst in the shower to realise that 'Jesus Was Calling' and he became an ordained minister.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest soul albums ever made, Al Green's Call Me is seen as a masterpiece.
It's a very laid back affair, quite different to the sort of album that I listen to, but there is something distinctly engaging about Al Green's vocal delivery. Initially you could almost liken it to a singing yawn, but getting used to it, the style is really distinctive and it totally washes over you as you listen to it. The effortless way in which he delivers every song is brilliant and makes for a really laid back listening experience.
It's strange to see how soul music star Green covers a number of country music songs, and totally changes them almost unrecognisably in some cases. Hank Williams' 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' is here totally different to the original, and much different to all the other millions of covers the song has been done before. Also different is Green's cover of Willie Nelson's 'Funny How Time Slips Away'. In fact, this song is perhaps my favourite on the album. It feels almost ad-libbed and ends up with a chorus of 'God Damns!' exclaiming how much fun they were having whilst making it!
I actually got around to listening to the album through the amazing final track 'Jesus Is Waiting', Which while searching my ITunes folder I came across it for a school assembly I was planning. It's a great tune that finishes off a fantastic album. I loved the production of the album, the soulful horns from Willie Mitchell etch into the grain of the album with great flourish, and in fact it sounds so good you could almost imagine it was recorded quite recently. Forget the naffness of Buble and company - Al Green is you man!
For those of you who like a bit of late night soul, then Call Me is a great choice.
1. "Call Me (Come Back Home)" (Al Green, Al Jackson, Jr., Willie Mitchell) - 3:03
2. "Have You Been Making Out O.K." (Green) - 3:42
3. "Stand Up" (Green) - 3:25
4. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams) - 3:10
5. "Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun" (Green) - 3:09
6. "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (Green, Teenie Hodges) - 4:14
7. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Willie Nelson) - 5:33
8. "You Ought to Be with Me" (Green, Jackson Jr., Mitchell) - 3:15
9. "Jesus Is Waiting" (Green) - 5:36
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Call Me (Come Back Home)
2 Have You Been Making Out OK
3 Stand Up
4 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
5 Your Love Is Like The Morning Sun
6 Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
7 Funny How Time Slips Away
8 You Ought To Be With Me
9 Jesus Is Waiting