Al Green: The Lord Will Make a Way (Myrrh) **
Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 23 July 1981
ONE NIGHT, after listening intensively to the grand and ancient gospel groups (pre-psychobabble Staples Singers, the Soul Stirrers with and without Sam Cooke, Dorothy Love Coates, the Golden Gate Quartet), I tried a favorite contemporary gospel track, 'I Feel It' by the Meditation Singers. For years, that number had struck me as pure blinded-by-the-light Motown: arching harmonies and wailing lead vocals, driven by a piano based on the Four Tops' 'I'll Turn to Stone'. But this particular night, it just seemed (to quote a friend with whom I was listening) "decadent," a pack of jumped-up jive.
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