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Al Green: Love, Happiness And Convictions

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1975

2008 introduction: Known as the "Prince Of Soul," Al Green had built up a strong audience thanks to a string of hit singles and best-selling ...

Take Me to the River: Al Green with Davin Seay

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, November 2000

"Gen’lmen, we just havin’ church here." Six words which - directed at me and a fellow soul buff at the Full Gospel Tabernacle church by ...

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Al Green (1988)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages Audio, May 1988

Interviewed at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans after a storming performance at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Rev. ruminates on the conflict between the spiritual and the secular, his own return to the church, and the two Al Greens.

File format: mp3; file size: 35.4mb; Interview length: 38' 39"; sound quality: ***

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Al Green - Superstar

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, September 1971

THE LAST time I talked to Al Green, he was riding high with his adaptation of the Temptations' 'I Can't Get Next To You'. Now, ...

Al Green: Now Green Smashes The Big Memphis Monopoly

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, October 1971

MEMPHIS HAS long been accepted as capital city of rock 'n' soul, but to the casual fan this means just Elvis on the rock side ...

Al Green: The Soul Story

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Beat Instrumental, December 1971

WITH AL Green's 'Tired Of Being Alone' Decca's subsidiary London label has notched its first chart entry in more than 18 months. It's quite a ...

Al Green: You're Never Alone With Al

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1971

THERE WAS no chance of Al Green getting tired of being alone when Decca Records welcomed him to Britain with a turkey and Christmas pud ...

Al Green: Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1971

DESPITE the counter-attraction of the Buddy Rich big-band downstairs there was a packed house for Al Green "Upstairs" at London's Ronnie Scott's including many big ...

Soul Brothers: Al Green, Sly Stone, Van Morrison

Review by Charlie Gillett, Cream, January 1972

IS THE REVIEWER supposed to come to each record as an objective analyst? Or, if he isn’t one, must he pretend he is? Impossible for ...

Al Green: Superstar

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1972

PROBABLY THE MOST eligible superstar to join our ranks over the past twelve months is Al Green, an unpredictable artist and an equally unpredictable man. ...

Al Green

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1973

ALTHOUGH AL Green claimed to be a little surprised about being voted No. 1 Male Vocalist in our annual poll. I think that few other ...

Willie Mitchell

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, June 1973

WILLIE MITCHELL. His name is synonymous with the rich brass sound that has become known worldwide as the Memphis Sound. For years, Willie as been ...

Al Green: Call Me 
(London), Livin' For
You (London)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1974

THESE TWO ALBUMS have been released here in the last three months, in uncomfortably close succession, mainly because Decca procrastinated over issuing Call Me by which time Livin' ...

Al Green: Explores Your Mind

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1974

CAN AL GREEN recover his credibility and save the world after all?, is the theme of today's programme. ...

Al Green: Eaten Something Funny Al?

Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, April 1975

"L.O.V.E. SPELLS LOVE," says Al Green on his current NME chart rider of the same name, while according to Jimmy Witherspoon's current US hit, it's ...

Al Green: Al Green Is Love

Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1975

REMEMBER WHEN YOU were young, listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes by torchlight? ...

Al Green: Full Of Fire (London) ****

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, April 1976

AL GREEN stands in the middle of the ring, caught in combat between an elastic rhythm section and a resilient horn section. Producer/engineer Willie Mitchell ...

Willie Mitchell: Changing Sounds In Memphis

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

Willie Mitchell's distinctive Memphis sound has been the driving force behind many golden hits over the years. Now he feels it's time for a change. ...

Al Green: Soul Minister Al Aims To Get Next To You

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, July 1976

Right now, Al Green's planning his future lifestyle. He wants more than hit records. He aims to show folks the key to divinity. Heavy stuff? ...

Al Green

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Rock 100, 1977

FINDING AN UNDISCOVERED TONE ON THE soul scale in the early seventies was almost like inventing a new color, but Al Green scanned the high ...

Al Green: Have a Good Time

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1977

IF HIS RECORDS ARE ANY indication, Al Green is a troubled, no, haunted man. ...

Al Green: The King Is Dead Long Live The King

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Al Green: the Logical successor to the title of King of Memphis... ...

Willie Mitchell: Gettin' Hi High Again

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, March 1978

Willie Mitchell has virtually forsaken his own career in favour of running Hi Records and putting the label back up there... ...

Al Green: The Belle Album (Hi)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, May 1978

Trust in the Lord and you too can have great looking hair. ...

Al Green LP

Report and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1979

WELL, it's time for a new Al Green album. Entitled, Truth 'n' Time", it is Al's first album since Belle, almost exactly a year ago. ...

Al Green: The Record Mogul In The Sky

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, August 1979

WHO CAN DENY that the Lord moves in mysterious ways? In this week of Mammon in hyperdrive – Quadrophenia, the rejuvenation of mods v. rockers ...

Al Green: Tired Of Being Alone

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Melody Maker, August 1979

Al Green's London concerts last week were a puzzling mixture of the brilliant and the banal – and VIVIEN GOLDMAN discovered that his verbals are ...

Al Green: Cream Of Al Green

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, February 1980

The way I heard it, at the panty-creaming peak of his career, Al Green was so drunk on the cortical rush of his fame and ...

Al Green: Higher Plane (Hi/PRT)

Review by Andy Gill, NME, April 1982

OH, HAPPY man...You can tell Al Green is truly saved from a quick glance at the cover, from the way his Daz-white shirt blue-airbrushes its ...

The Gospel According To Al Green

Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1985

Al GREEN was the hottest soul singer this side of Stevie Wonder in the early '70s but don't expect to hear old hits like 'Tired ...

Al Green: Trust In God (Demon/Hi)****

Review by Chris Roberts, Sounds, February 1985

F*** GOD (Brando's first two words in Last Tango, actually), we're talking AL GREEN here. Quite simply, the best voice ever to co-exist with anything ...

The Pre-Godlike Genius Of Green

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1985

Let's Stay Together (Hi)I'm Still In Love With You (Hi)Call Me (Hi)Precious Lord (Hi) ...

“I May Be From Another Planet…”: Al Green

Interview by Simon Witter, NME, July 1988

2005 note: I was in New Orleans in April/May 1988, filming items for German TV, when I heard that Al Green would be playing at ...

Al Green: Another Green World

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, June 1989

"Sometimes I wonder if you love me the way you say you do... Sometimes I just fold my arms and say... weeeee-eeeeh awooooah!" ...

Hi Records: That Memphis Beat

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Hunter, July 1991

Long in the shadow of Sun and Stax, Memphis based Hi Records finally hit the big time with Al Green and set the '70s soul ...

Willie Mitchell: Tell’Em Willie Boy Was Here

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, MOJO, June 1995

Willie Mitchell, maestro of the Memphis soul sound that gave the world Al Green, has his life’s work celebrated by the box set Hi Times: ...

Various Artists: Royal Memphis Soul – Hi Records

Review by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 1996

When Muscle Shoals went flabby and Stax couldn't pay their taxes, Hi Records took up the soul baton. Barney Hoskyns says hello to a collection ...

Al Green: Anthology

Sleevenotes by Robert Gordon, Hi Records, 1997

Al Green's voice is a beautiful musical instrument. Al Green's singing can create pictures, can loll in clover and tease birds. That man can sing ...

Al Green: Green's Day

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, March 2005

AL GREEN'S genius spans four decades, and during those often tumultuous years the man who is routinely referred to as the last great Southern soul ...

Al Green

Profile by Terry Staunton, Notes for Live in '72 DVD, 2006

Terry Staunton profiles the life of Al Green for the sleevenotes for Revolver Entertainment's Live in '72 DVD ...

Al Green: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, June 2007

AL GREEN IS the last of the American southern soul giants of the 1960s and 70s, a survivor where Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam ...

Al Green Is Still in Love With You

Profile and Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, TONEaudio, June 2008

WHEN THE REVEREND Al Green decided to return to singing love songs, he did more than revive his pop music career. He may have saved ...

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