If no one could match Otis Redding for raw intensity, Al Green was the master of controlled passion. Another product of the Southern soul circuit, his big break came when he was picked up by producer Willie Mitchell in the late-‘60s for his Memphis label Hi Records. Here the two are in perfect harmony, Mitchell’s subtle funk arrangements lending laid-back impetus to Green’s exquisite phrasing. The timeless title track gave Green his first US Number 1 hit while his cover fo the Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? took the soul ballad to new levels of artistry and refinement.
Download: Let’s Stay Together, I’ve Never Found A Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do), How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?