31 January 2013

31st Jan - Al Green's Let's Stay Together

Artist – Album: Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Released: 31st January 1972
Sounds Like: Baby making music

This 1972 album kicks off with the title track and arguably Al Green’s finest ever recording. From the opening blast of horns and the whispered “let’s stay together”, this is one of the sexiest songs to have ever penetrated the airwaves. The lyrics may appear like a plea for reconciliation, but it’s more a sensual invitation to bed; he doesn’t just want to stay together, he wants to get together. Now. In a variety of different positions.

The first number may be the only well known one, but the rest of the album does not disappoint. It follows in much the same vein, the now reverend Green declaring his love in the most arousing manner possible. Throughout, the warm brass section and Green’s combination of woops, wails and whispers brighten even the slowest ballads. The cover of Bee Gees hit ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ is a slow burning classic, whilst ‘I’ve Never Found a Girl (Who Love Me Like You Do)’ incorporates elements of R&B to give one of the liveliest cuts on the record.

Let’s Stay Together’ may be the first song to fire out of the speakers but it ain't no premature climax. Al Green has stamina to keep it up for the full half hour session...

Albumaday... rating:  8/10

1.       Let’s Stay Together – 3:18
2.       La-La for You – 3:31
3.       So You’re Leaving – 2:57
4.       What Is This Feeling? – 3:42
5.       Old Time Lovin’ – 3:19
6.       I’ve Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do) – 3:41
7.       How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – 6:22
8.       Judy – 3:47
9.       It Ain’t No Fun to Me – 3:23

Listen to ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgAFcvIw8J4

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