Saturday, November 1, 2008

song of the day - 11.1.08: al green - belle

Al Green has one of the greatest voices in R&B history. With this golden voice, Willie Mitchell's production, and the Hi Rhythm Section, Al Green churned out several of the definitive R&B songs of the 70s. Then in 1977, he left Mitchell and his band and created The Belle Album. The title track, "Belle," is as beautifully crafted and smooth as any of his previous hits. For the first time, he provides the lead guitar track for his own work as well. This album was also the first that he made since being ordained a pastor, and the last of his his records that could be considered secular. He made Gospel albums thereafter. While his best work was probably behind him already, this track is still one of my favorites by Green.

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