Green Is Blues - 40th Anniversary Edition (Digital)
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"A young man who is a red hot rhythm and blues singer with a difference that is gonna be greatly dug by all who tune an ear to the variegated tones and shades of this album". —From the "Green Is Blues" original liner notes, 1969
Legendary Al Green's debut album for Memphis' Hi Records GREEN IS BLUES—originally released in 1969—is celebrated this July with a special digital edition release.
Demon Digital is issuing a special 40th Anniversary Edition with a digital booklet annotated by writer, DJ & Ace Records' compiler extraordinaire Tony Rounce, including the original liner notes.
First appearing in the summer of '69, GREEN IS BLUES was the album that launched a collaboration of Al Green's soul-singing brilliance and the skillful co-writer/producer Willie Mitchell. Green and Mitchell hold a unique position in the history of soul music; their finest compositions were achieved through their shared musical wisdom and craft. There is no denying that Green and Mitchell set a benchmark for the genre, and this release pays testament to this.
GREEN IS BLUES combines one of the most soulful and refined voices in history along with magnificently tight arrangements, production and tough backing from the Hi Rhythm section. The release features Green's first (non-album) Hi single and several bonus tracks including his amazing reading of The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Other highlights include the second single "One Woman", the funky “Get Back Baby” and classic "The Letter", later used a sample by Notorious B-I-G in "Long Kiss Goodnight".
July 13th sees the release of GREEN IS BLUES available as a digital deluxe package for the first time, including a full downloadable digital booklet.
To see further details, listen to the new releases online and enter an Al Green competition visit: http://www.algreen40.com
|| ||Let's Stay Together|
|| ||I'm Still In Love With You|
|| ||My Girl|
|| ||Tired Of Being Alone|
|| ||How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?|
|| ||One Woman|
|| ||Talk To Me|
|| ||My Girl|
|| ||The Letter|
|| ||I Stand Accused|
|| ||Gotta Find A New World|
|| ||What Am I Gonna Do With Myself?|
|| ||Tomorrow's Dream|
|| ||Get Back Baby|
|| ||Get Back|
|| ||I Want To Hold Your Hand (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Nothing Impossible With Love (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Baby What's Wrong With You (Bonus Track)|
|| ||Memphis Tennessee (Bonus Track)|
Manifesto, July 09
Well it’s the 40th anniversary of the original release of Al Green’s seminal “Green Is Blues” album and, boy, have times changed! Had you bought this release 40 years ago, you’d have hopped on a bus into town, headed to the nearest shop that had even a likelihood of stocking it (good luck), purchase it, then carry a 12” x 12” hunk of plastic and artwork on the bus back home to your Phillips Music Centre, then place it on your record deck, then lift the stylus onto the record and finally sit back and luxuriate in the glory of Mr Green’s golden tonsils. Phew! I’m knackered already……..
These days it’s different. You can cut out all the middlemen and access music instantly due to the wonders of modern day technology otherwise know as t’internet. This won’t be ideal for the majority of Manifesto readers who, as we know all too well, are steeped in the traditions of the physical format - for many, anything other than a 40 year old 7” record is a travesty!
However, whether we like it or not, these two new Al Green releases are very much the shape of things to come. The physical CD is now starting to disappear from the shelves and in future the majority of music will be delivered digitally direct to your personal computer where it will fall into your already bulging digital music libraries.
So what do we get for our dosh? Well surprisingly everything you could expect from a traditional CD release including sleeve notes from the good Tony Rounce but via a digital booklet instead. ‘Al Green Is Blues’ was of course Al’s debut album for Hi Records which was the first to feature his collaboration with writer/producer Willie Mitchell and includes 4 bonus tracks not featured on the original release including an interesting version of the Beatles “I Want Hold Your Hand” and the Box-Tops staple, “The Letter”.
‘Most Sampled’ does what it says on the tin, highlighting 19 Al Green songs which have been sampled by the likes of Massive Attack, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige among others. The package avoids the more obvious candidates since the majority of fans will already have the known hits and as a result it weaves a deep path through some of Al’s lesser exploited material. Whichever way you look at it, it’s still ear candy of the highest order.
So no change in the quality of the music or the accompanying information then. The difference is that you get it in seconds for half the price. True, not the same as being able to hold a nice physical package in your hands whilst contemplating the sleeve notes, but you can essentially hear exactly the same quality of mastering whilst contemplating the sleeve on a screen.
Just make sure you have it all backed up!