Arguably one of the greatest soul singers of any generation, Al Green's syrupy sweet voice has served as an inspiration for many an artist.
Arguably one of the greatest soul singers of any generation, Al Green's syrupy sweet voice has served as an inspiration for many an artist. Recorded in 1971, Let's Stay Together remains one of the critical highlights not only of Green's career but of the larger soul music landscape. Led by its classic title track, the album is pure and simple. Green's vocals are both warm and inviting over the organ-based groove of the title cut. The song—written by Green; his longtime producer, Willie Mitchell; and drummer Al Jackson—is lyrically sublime. Green and company stepped up the pace with the lesser-known but equally flawless "La-La for You." Other highlights include the previously unreleased "Eli's Game" and "Listen." On the same day, Hi/EMI is also reissuing such Green classics as Green Is Blues, Al Green Gets Next to You, and I'm Still in Love With You; the latter, Green's biggest-selling album, includes evergreens like "Love and Happiness," "Simply Beautiful," "Look What You've Done for Me," and "For the Good Times."—RH