Al Green's Greatest Shined Up For Reissue
Reverend and soul legend Al Green will get the deluxe reissue treatment in February as his first four albums -- "Green Is Blues," "Al Green Gets Next to You," "Let's Stay Together," and "I'm Still inReverend and soul legend Al Green will get the deluxe reissue treatment in February as his first four albums -- "Green Is Blues," "Al Green Gets Next to You," "Let's Stay Together," and "I'm Still in Love With You" -- will be re-released by Hi Records/EMI Feb. 11 in digitally remastered form, with rare tracks added to the original track list of each.
All four albums were released between 1970 and 1972, and each features the Hi Records house band and production by Willie Mitchell. They collectively tell the story of Green's rise to international fame as one of the most recognizable vocalists of the classic soul era.
Bonus material includes Green's covers of songs by the Beatles ("I Want to Hold Your Hand"), Jimmy Reed ("Baby, What's Wrong With You"), and Johnny Taylor ("I'll Be Standing By"), as well as Green rarities like "Memphis, Tennessee," "Nothing Impossible With Love," "True Love," "Ride, Sally, Ride" (full-length version), "Eli's Game," "Listen," "I Think It's for the Feeling," and "Up Above My Head."
In addition, two weeks prior to the reissues, Hi Records/EMI will release "Al Green: The Love Songs Collection," a compilation bringing together 17 of Green's best-known ballads and sexually charged tracks. A full 13 of the compositions on the disc, due Jan. 28, reached Billboard's Top R&B Singles tally, including the chart-toppers "You Ought to Be With Me," "Livin' for You," "L-O-V-E," "Let's Stay Together," and "I'm Still In Love With You."
Here is the track list to "Al Green: The Love Songs Collection":
"Call Me (Come Back Home)"
"Sha La La (Make Me Happy)"
"You Ought to Be With Me"
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
"Livin' for You"
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
"Let's Get Married"
"I'm Glad You're Mine"
"Love and Happiness"
"What Is This Feeling"
"Let's Stay Together"
"I'm Still In Love With You"
"For the Good Times"
"Put It On Paper"