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Music Review: Al Green – Definitive Greatest Hits

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Al Green’s Definitive Greatest Hits is a collection of hit songs from some of his best known albums. The CD, which was released on January 16, 2007 on Capitol Records, has 21 songs of Al Green’s classic hits from “Let’s Stay Together” to “Love And Happiness.”

If you think of some of the greatest soul singers of all-time, then Al Green has to be on your list. His smooth, soulful voice could set the mood for any occasion.

Al Green was born Albert Greene on April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas. In high school Green formed a group called Al Greene & the Creations, later to be known as Al Greene & the Soul Mates, which recorded their first hit “Back Up Train” on their own label, Hot Line Music. The single was a success though other songs would not be as successful. Green’s first album Back Up Train was released in 1967 on the same label. After that Al Green would prove to be an R&B sensation with albums such as Let’s Stay Together, Call Me, and many more.

This album was designed to give you all his hits from the ones you know to others that fell under the radar. These songs take you back to the romantic side of music. From the upbeat songs such as “I Can’t Stop” to the slow jams like “I’m Still In Love With You,” this CD has it all. From the old school people to the new school like me, this is a CD that has a song for everybody, no matter what age group.

Imagine being alone and lonely, Al’s got a song for you. Imagine being with that special person, then this CD has one for you too. Al Green sets the tone with romantic music and this CD shows it. Though these are songs taken from other albums, it still brings a mixture of good songs in one CD.

One of my favorite songs on the CD is “I’m Still In Love With You.” If you actually hear the song, it has a simple beat with few instruments. The song sounds so soothing when his voice and instruments come together. The concept of the song is simple. He’s still in love with a girl. I know a lot of people that can relate to this, me being one of them.

Al Green has a soft voice that doesn’t overpower the song, but rather that serenades the listener into a relaxing state of mind.

Not being from his generation of music, I still enjoy it. It’s how music should be, something you can relate to. He has a harmonious voice that sounds like he’s just talking to you in a soulful manner. His music gives you a sense of calmness where you can relax and enjoy no matter what your mood is.

If you are a fan of Al Green then this is a must have, whether you enjoy good soulful music, or just enjoy love songs from that era.

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