Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Tired Of Being Alone" - Rated 299/500!
A classic Al Green title remastered!
Greatest Hits epitomizes the trademark sound of the devastating duo of Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell, with 10 of R&B music's all-time gems. The album was released in 1975 and in 2003 was ranked #52 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early 1970s, influencing not only his contemporaries, but also veterans like Marvin Gaye. Green was at the peak of his popularity when he suddenly decided to join the ministry in the mid-'70s. At first, he continued to record secular material, but by the '80s, he was concentrating solely on gospel. During the late '80s and '90s, he occasionally returned to R&B, but he remained primarily a religious performer for the rest of his career. Nevertheless, Green's classic early '70s recordings retained their power and influence throughout the decades, setting the standard for smooth soul.
"The honey-voiced Green made some of the most visionary soul music of the Seventies" - Rolling Stone
"This collection, with hits such as "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone," sums up an amazing six-album run in the early Seventies. That period ended in 1974 when a spurned woman threw a pot of hot grits on Green and then shot herself; soon after, Green bought a church in Memphis and became a minister." - www.rollingstone.com
"After a show in Detroit, Green woke up before dawn the next day at a motel in rural Michigan with a song forming in his mind. Half an hour later, he had 'Tired of Being Alone.' But Mitchell wasnt much interested in Green's own material. 'I was toting my song around in my pocket for days on end, saying, 'Hey, I got a song,' Green said. 'Finally, at the end of the session, I said, 'Well, I still got a song.'" - Rolling Stone
1. Tired Of Being Alone
2. Call Me (Come Back Home)
3. I'm Still In Love With You
4. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
5. Love and Happiness
6. Let's Stay Together
7. I Can't Get Next To You
8. You Ought To Be With Me
9. Look What You Done For Me
10. Let's Get Married