Livin' for You

Livin' for You

by Al GreenAl Green


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Starting in 1971 with Al Green Gets Next to You, Al Green albums became necessities. Livin' for You is Green's sixth album, and the fourth to be certified gold. (Its predecessor, the classic Call Me, was still on the charts when this was released.) Each of Green's albums with Willie Mitchell are singular, with their own distinct style, and Livin' for You is no exception. It takes a more relaxed approach and offers some of his best ballads; the title track is Green at his most engaging, even when he sang potentially mood-interrupting lines like "I'm tired of your bright ideas about leaving me." "Home Again" and "So Good to Be Here" are romantic if not hypnotic, offering subtle drumming, economical keyboards, and gentle vocals. The biggest track here, the proficient and smooth "Let's Get Married," has Green being a little wishy-washy as he sings, "I didn't mean to say all the things I said/The way I felt in my heart it came out that way." Although the originals here rank with his best, Green also did good cover work too. The often useless "Unchained Melody" shows up and benefits from Green's methodical delivery. In many ways, Livin' for You is the perfect, intimate album for his fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981114026
catalogNumber: 1140
Rank: 91314

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Allen   Piano
James Brown   Piano
Charles Chalmers   Background Vocals
Sandra Chalmers   Background Vocals
Howard Grimes   Bongos,Conga,Drums
Jack Hale   Trombone,Trumpet
Charles Hodges   Organ,Piano
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Ed Logan   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Memphis Strings   Strings
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Archie Turner   Piano
James K. Brown   Piano
Al Jackson   Drums
Michael J. Allen   Piano
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums
James H. Brown   Piano
Charles E. Jr. Hodges   Organ,Piano
Alex Jackson   Drums
James J. Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Green   Producer
Michael Allen   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Producer,Engineer
Charles Chalmers   Arranger,String Arrangements
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Margaret Goldfarb   Contributor,Reissue Production Assistance
Kathy Kinslow   Contributor,Reissue Production Assistance
Charles Levan   Contributor,Reissue Production Assistance
Frank Lopez   Contributor,Reissue Production Assistance
Memphis Strings   String Section
James Mitchell   Arranger
Cheryl Pawelski   Contributor,Reissue Production Assistance
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Malia Kleppinger   Reissue Production Assistance
Tom Daly   Artwork,Illustrations
Vince Biondi   Art Direction
Dawn Van Patten   Contributor
M. Allen   Composer
James J. Mitchell   String Arrangements

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