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Al Green: Lay It Down

Read "Lay It Down" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Singer Al Green's Lay It Down leaves the impression of still being in the heady heyday of Green's dominance of the rhythm and blues charts circa 1973. It's not 1973, of course; while some things are the same, others have changed.What remains the same, uncannily, is the classic Memphis soul sound of this record--displaced to Philadelphia, where the music was recorded by producer Ahmir “?uestlove" Thompson of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group The Roots. Thompson's drumming on Lay ...

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Al Green: I Can

Read "I Can" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Some of the most classic of the classic sounds of 1970s soul were written, arranged, and performed by Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell for the Hi label in Memphis. The two come back together with original Hi studio musicians (and for real soul brothers) Mabon “Teenie” Hodges on guitar and Leroy Hodges on bass, plus guitarist Charles Pitts (supporting axeman with Rufus Thomas and Isaac Hayes, stalwarts for the other legendary Memphis soul label, Stax) and Green’s longtime drummer ...


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