Al Green - Call Me
Al Green - Call Me
Al Green - Call Me
Al Green - Call Me

Al Green - Call Me

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Al Green - vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Al Green]

James Mitchell (bs, arr); Andrew Love (ts); Jack Hale (tb); Wayne Jackson (tp); Mabon Hodges (g); Charles Hodges (keyb); Archie Turner (p); Leroy Hodges (b); Howard Grimes (dr); The Memphis Strings

Written by Al Green (A1, A2, A3, A5, B1, B3, B4), Al Jackson, Jr. (A1, B3), Willie Mitchell (A1, B3), Hank Williams (A4), Mabon "Teenie" Hodges (B1), Willie Nelson (B2)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Hi Records

Recording: 1973 at Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, TN, by Willie Mitchell

Production: Al Green and Willie Mitchell

Originally released in May 1973

Reissued in March 2012


Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Call Me (Come Back Home)
  2. Have You Been Making out O.K.
  3. Stand Up
  4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  5. Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun

Side B :

  1. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
  2. Funny How Time Slips Away
  3. You Ought to Be with Me
  4. Jesus Is Waiting


Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums of all time - Ranked 427


Reviews :

« Al Green reached his creative peak with the brilliant Call Me, the most inventive and assured album of his career. So silky and fluid as to sound almost effortless, Green's vocals revel in the lush strings and evocative horns of Willie Mitchell's superbly intimate production, barely rising above an angelic whisper for the gossamer "Have You Been Making Out O.K.." With barely perceptible changes in mood, Call Me covers remarkable ground, spanning from "Stand Up" -- a call to arms delivered with characteristic understatement -- to renditions of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," both of them exemplary fusions of country and soul. Equally compelling are the album's three Top Ten hits -- "You Ought to Be With Me," "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)," and the shimmering title cut. A classic. » AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

What connects celebrity chefs and pop stars is their fine nose for ingredients, especially when hot and spicy ones are mixed with milder elements to create an aromatic result. A combination of 'sweet' and 'funky' is the secret of Al Green’s gloriously sentimental and sensual pop songs, which in the sexually free Seventies were often referred to as »songs to make love by«. What swings along gently is, however, Al Green’s subtly controlled falsetto, which he can tone right to the threshold of audibility. But watch out! This music belts out some fiery sounds right from the very first number.

The sinuous, swinging request in the brilliant hit single "Call Me", the relaxed and groovy "Stand Up", with its sharp wind interjections which demand one’s unerring attention, are typical for Green’s style, just as is his almost disturbing capability to gain comfort from loneliness ("I’m So Lonesome, I Could Cry"). This rhythmically powered music can best be described as light, intensive, dynamic but never flashy ("Your Love Is Like The Morning Sun"). It finds its earthly culmination in soul ("I’m Waiting") and spiritual depth.


Ratings :

Allmusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs  4,45 / 5  , Rate Your Music  3,94 / 5

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