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Lay It Down - Al Green

by Liz Wheatley
Issue No. 2106

Al Green has spent the last two years putting together an array of well-known singers, musicians and producers to complete an album with a classic soul sound.

Singers Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae all appear, along with the horn section from the Dap-Kings, and ?uestlove from the The Roots in production.

When he was asked about producing Al Green, ?uestlove said, “I wanted to work with Al because I couldn’t sit at the Grammy’s no more watching a soul legend singing Gershwin songs.”

Recorded in Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady studio in New York, this album recreates the Al Green sound made famous when he worked with Willie Mitchell almost 40 years ago.

Green’s music has often been seen as merely about “love and happiness” – and that does reflect the spirit of much of this album.

However when he was interviewed last year, he said that he hoped people could take a wider, social meaning from his work – particularly the albums he created in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This was when his home town of Memphis was at the centre of the struggle for civil rights and soul was the music of the protest movement.

Lay It Down
Al Green

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Tue 17 Jun 2008, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2106
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