Al Green
Greatest Hits


5.0
classic

Review

by Alex Robertson STAFF
October 28th, 2010 | 25 replies | 7,328 views


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist


In its own funny way, the matter-of-factly titled Al Green compilation Greatest Hits is perfect. Before expanding, I must admit, it sort of seems unfair to give that recognition to a compilation album, especially with so many artists today seeking to create the perfect album as a piece of work with every song working towards a unified vision. However, as it turns out, the song is just as immortal a form as the album in music, and all it takes is perfectly judged compilation albums like this to remind us why. Now, this isn’t to say that Al Green didn’t have any great standalone albums as much as it is to say that gathering the best songs from each of them and assembling them together makes for the best listen possible. This seems like infallible logic, but the compilation album has become a somewhat maligned concept in recent times, mostly attributable to the fact that many of them have become moneymaking schemes for record companies, while artistically compromising the artist from which they are released (Radiohead, anybody?). Thankfully, there’s absolutely nothing impure about Greatest Hits.

As I implied before, this is the best Al Green album simply because it has the best songs. From the pleading sexuality of opener “Tired of Being Alone” to the, um, pleading sexuality of “Let’s Stay Together”, each of these songs is a soul classic, catchy and smooth and everything you’d want from an album with a cover that sexy. Yes, the songs may be somewhat similar in both instrumentation and lyrical content, but that really doesn’t matter when each of them is so perfect. These songs are sleek, immaculate pop machines, driven by a charismatic frontman with a mindblowing falsetto--give or take the falsetto (usually give), a formula that has worked again and again. Complain all you want about his “shallowness” (a false accusation in itself; he’s just gorgeously saying the things most people don’t for fear of being perceived as vain): pop music has proven that constant lust is forever. Anything else is just posturing.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



14885 Comments


first review in a longass time

BigHans
October 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AL Green rules hard

BigHans
October 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sputnik simply doesn't pay attention to the classics.

Enotron
October 28th 2010



7695 Comments


i mean i guess i'll check it out

robin
Emeritus
October 28th 2010



4223 Comments


if you say so, alex.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



14885 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COiIC3A0ROM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdw7kxD8eUc




robin
Emeritus
October 28th 2010



4223 Comments


this sounds like one of those instant-classic robertson records. will get.

BigHans
October 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lets Stay Together is a stone cold classic.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



17125 Comments


arent you a little young for Al Green ; )

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BigHans
October 28th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Robertsona has a fine appreciation for the classics

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



17125 Comments


and obviously pussy.

robin
Emeritus
October 28th 2010



4223 Comments


don't you think the robertsona jokes are running a little thin

AggravatedYeti
October 28th 2010



7684 Comments


nope.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



14885 Comments


robertsona jokes will always be amazing


also it's so subtle but the drums on 'i'm still in love with you' really own

AggravatedYeti
October 28th 2010



7684 Comments


"I Can't Get Next To You" rules so hard.
good call on this Alex been forgetting about Al

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010



14885 Comments


oh also fyi guys i have the ten track version

STOP SHOUTING!
October 28th 2010



628 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really like this, so mellow.

MUNGOLOID
October 28th 2010



4267 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finest album to shag to.

patroneyes
January 3rd 2011



1919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

greatest greatest hits record ever

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2011



14885 Comments


i-i-iiiii

i'm soooo in loooove with yoooooou



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