Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You (Remastered) (1972/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:20 minutes | 696 MB | Genre: Soul
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I’m Still in Love with You is the fifth studio album by the American gospel and soul singer Al Green, released on October 23, 1972, on Hi Records. Recording sessions took place during 1972. The album was produced solely by Willie Mitchell. The album peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and produced four singles: “Love and Happiness” which was rated ninety-eight on Rolling Stones’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time as well as “I’m Still in Love with You” and “Look What You Done for Me” which were top five hits on the US Pop Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 285 on the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, 286 in a 2012 revised list, and number 306 in a 2020 revised list.
The introductory drum break to the album’s second track, “I’m Glad You’re Mine”, was sampled by The Notorious B.I.G. in his later-posthumous single “Dead Wrong”.
“So is there any question that when the music trades rack up their year-end charts for 1972 (and you discover that some group you never even heard of mysteriously became Top New R&B Vocal Group), the number one Male Vocalist will be Al Green? I mean is there any doubt in your mind? 1972 is Al Green’s year and he seemed to snatch it up almost effortlessly. With one hit single after another, all of them turning into a neat stack of gold if not platinum records, Green hardly lost his place on the charts, always seemed to have two or three slots on the jukebox, and now has his second album of the year.
All this would be of only passing interest if Al Green weren’t so good, so very good. Is it going too far to say he’s the only truly great male vocalist to come along since Otis Redding? He’s certainly the only black singer since Redding to approach, and in some ways go beyond, Redding’s wide popularity and appeal while developing a style at least as idiosyncratic and exciting (both Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield are taking steps in these same directions but neither have that certain ego-driven Star Quality that would qualify them as top contenders for the long-vacant Otis Redding heavyweight spot). Whether Al Green is a better singer than Otis Redding is a question that doesn’t interest me, although I prefer Green’s iridescent falsetto to Redding’s rougher, gruffer voice. To some extent, it’s a choice between sweetness and funk, and yet these qualities were hardly mutually exclusive in Redding’s work. Otis was sweet and funky; Al Green is, more and more, just sweet. The Copacabana takes its toll.” (rollingstone.com)
01. Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You (03:11)
02. Al Green – I’m Glad You’re Mine (02:57)
03. Al Green – Love and Happiness (05:07)
04. Al Green – What a Wonderful Thing Love Is (03:40)
05. Al Green – Simply Beautiful (04:11)
06. Al Green – Oh, Pretty Woman (03:23)
07. Al Green – For the Good Times (06:27)
08. Al Green – Look What You Done for Me (03:05)
09. Al Green – One of These Good Old Days (03:15)