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Picks and Pans Review: Al Green Anthology

updated 02/24/1997 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/24/1997 01:00AM

Al Green

Not many artists deserve an anthology as much as Green. His résumé includes a four-decade career, 14 gold singles and albums, a slew of Grammys and a voice among the best ever to come out of rhythm and blues.

Green, an ordained minister who has enjoyed a successful gospel music career, is responsible for a string of hits that feel as good today as they did when they were first released. All of them—including "Let's Stay Together," "Love and Happiness," "Tired of Being Alone" and "Call Me (Come Back Home)"—along with numerous B-sides, live cuts and rarities, are included in the four CDs that document Green's landmark years with Hi Records. Also special are the occasional spoken excerpts from the 1984 documentary Gospel According to Al Green. Hearing the mercurial singer attempt to explain his often mystical creative brilliance—his songs come "right out of the air"—gives the listener a rare glimpse into a love-man's soul. (The Right Stuff/Hi)

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