With a voice like honey and a vision ahead of his time, Al Green needs little introduction. If you’d like one however, then this reissue of Get’s Next To You is a good enough place to start. Signalling the beginning of a fine run of albums and pre-dating his move to gospel it’s bursting with Southern soul. Out on vinyl LP from Fat Possum.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 13th February 2015
Al Green is one of the premier southern R&B singers and you've probably heard some of his stuff if you're reading this review. This album is strong because it shows off the blues/funk side of Al Green. Of course, "Can't Get Next To You" and "Tired of Being Alone" are strong, as they are also on the Greatest Hits CD. The playing of the band on some of the other album tracks makes this one worth picking up. "I'm a Ram" is southern funk with the organ and the drums offering some breakbeat worthy stuff. Other tunes show off the fat pocket that gave Al Green the perfect context for his amazing talent. "Light My Fire" is a surprising choice to me, but it works real well, pretty much neglecting the verse so that Al can preach on the bridge.
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