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Al Green Gets Next To You

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I Can't Get Next to You
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Are You Lonely for Me, Baby
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God Is Standing By
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Tired of Being Alone
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I'm a Ram
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Driving Wheel
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Light My Fire
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You Say It
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Right Now, Right Now
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All Because
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 33:07

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Wondering Sound

Review 37

Ron Wynn

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03.30.09
Al Green, Gets Next To You
Label: Hi Records / Fat Possum

Throughout the early sessions chronicled on his first Hi Records LP, Green is Blues, production ace Willie Mitchell kept urging Al Green to showcase his gorgeous, swooping falsetto. He suggested a mellow, yet distinctively soulful approach that would enable Green to stop imitating his idols — particularly Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson.

Green established his sound with the fabulous Al Green Gets Next To You in 1971. His version of the title track, which… read more »

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Greasy gritty Memphis horny funk

Stewgotts

This is Al Green before the silky smooth era. Not that there was anything wrong with that. But on this album the funk is greasy gritty and the brass is Memphis horny. One wonders what might have been if he had not gone Snappy Coco silky smooth. Let me hear you say Lawd have Muhcy for the Rev.

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Al Green's Funkiest

RABBIT

Download this one first if you like the more funky side of Al Green.

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It does Get Next to You

eddieljones

Download this album and be sure to look for the other Al Green albums on eMusic.

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What the....?

timabouttown

Evvvvverybody says oooh, oooh, The Belle Album. Ooooh, oooh, Greatest Hits. Wrong and WRONG, my friends. Don't start with those. Me, I don't even LIKE The Belle Album. He did songs even stronger than these -- which is saying a lot, because this is by far the one of his complete albums that stands above the rest. Fetch that other stuff (except the eternally overrated Belle) after you snatch this.

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It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of A Love Supreme

By Britt Robson, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

After the shaky start of Green Is Blues, Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell established their classic sound with Green’s second album, Gets Next to You. The main difference is in the rhythm section. Abandoning the gritty syncopations of deep Southern soul, the Hi Rhythm Section plays it slow and seductive, working a sultry, steady pulse that Green exploits with his remarkable voice. Alternating between Sam Cooke’s croon and Otis Redding’s shout, Green develops his own distinctive style, and Gets Next to You only touches the surface of its depth. Although the album is filled with wonderful moments, few are as astonishing as Green and Mitchell’s reinterpretation of the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You,” which turns the original inside out. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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