The Very Best of Garland Green

The Very Best of Garland Green

by Garland GreenGarland Green


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Chicago-based soul singer Garland Green scored his first and biggest hit in 1969 with "Jealous Kind of Fella," and it set the tone for his future recording career -- Green always seemed to be best served with a dramatic midtempo tune that gave him a chance to show off his strong, pleading voice and implore his woman to give him another chance. Unfortunately, not many of those songs connected on the charts, even though some of them were very good and featured production from the likes of Donny Hathaway, Syl Johnson, and Arif Mardin. The Very Best of Garland Green is the first career-inclusive anthology of Green's recordings, featuring material he cut for six different labels between 1969 and 1983, and if this doesn't quite make a case for him as one of the great lost artists of soul, it does make it clear that Green was more than just another journeyman R&B vocalist. The early tracks on this set are in the polished but emotionally powerful tradition of classic Chicago soul, while the later cuts show off a slicker 1970s feel; the specter of disco rears its head on "Don't Let Love Walk Out on Us" and "You Make Me Feel So Good," and "Nothing Can Take You from Me" puts Green into a more bluesy setting. Green was enough of a pro that he ably rose to the occasion no matter what material was presented to him, and there are a few lost near-classics here, especially "Plain and Simple Girl" and "He Didn't Know (He Just Kept on Talking)," the latter written by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams and Gary "U.S." Bonds. Garland Green is better known in the U.K. among hardcore soul fans than in the United States, and it's a shame, as The Very Best of Garland Green demonstrates that he was a powerful talent, even if he wasn't a frequent visitor to the Billboard charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667230322
catalogNumber: 303
Rank: 34203

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garland Green   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gary "U.S." Bonds   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Arranger
Millie Jackson   Composer
Leon Haywood   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Charlie Whitehead   Composer
Garland Green   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Lorraine Brown   Composer
Charles Richard Cason   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Syl Johnson   Producer
Marshall "Rock" Jones   Composer
Mike Lewis   Arranger
Bernard Miller   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Arranger,Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia
Robert Pruter   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Dean Rudland   Memorabilia
Ray Godfrey   Producer
Jo Armstead   Producer
Peter Gibbon   Memorabilia
Stu Walder   Engineer
Joe Cato   Composer
Perry Boyd   Composer
Raeford Gerald   Composer,Producer
Gilles Petard   Memorabilia
Morris Williams   Composer
Rudolph Browner   Composer
Willard Burton   Composer
Maurice Dollison   Composer
Yvonne Smith   Composer
Lee Charles   Composer
Greg Perry   Composer
Shelley Fisher   Composer

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