Everything's OK [Enhanced]

Everything's OK [Enhanced]

by Al Green
     
 

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After the success of 2003's stellar I Can't Stop, Al Green and longtime collaborator Willie Mitchell reconvene for the equally magical Everything's OK. The pair invite back the same studio vets that helped make their last collaboration so special, and the subsequent party boasts equally winning results. TrademarkSee more details below

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After the success of 2003's stellar I Can't Stop, Al Green and longtime collaborator Willie Mitchell reconvene for the equally magical Everything's OK. The pair invite back the same studio vets that helped make their last collaboration so special, and the subsequent party boasts equally winning results. Trademark Rhodes-Chalmers-Rhodes harmonies add sweet nuance to the pleading "Nobody But You" and the equally yearning but more upbeat "Be My Baby." Mitchell borrows a page from the Gamble & Huff book of Philly soul, giving Green's gorgeous rendition of "You Are So Beautiful" a lush orchestral arrangement. The pair also draw on a '70s Black cinema soul vibe for the original title cut, which boasts a dramatic mix of horns and wah-wah guitar. But above all, it's Green's singular vocals that continue to complement Mitchell's masterful production, whether the good Reverend is getting gritty alongside harmonica player Bobby Rush's harp riffs on the horn-soaked "I Can Make Music," or seamlessly shifting gears into his unrelenting falsetto amid the testifying that defines "Real Love." Given the quality of songs, Everything's OK easily stacks up next to such classic '70s-era Green albums as Green Is Blues and Livin' for You, and this preacher's return to secular soul is much more than satisfactory.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Al Green's second record for Blue Note reunites the same cast of characters who made his comeback disc, 2003's I Can't Stop, such a success. Willie Mitchell is behind the boards, the cream of old-school Hi musicians is here, and Green hasn't lost a step vocally. In fact, it sounds like he has gained a step somehow; his crazed screams, hollered interjections, and whoops of joy seem more assured and his falsetto is clear and strong. The songs are here, too, with a good mix of uptempo movers (the rollicking "Build Me Up," the high-energy title track, and "Nobody But You") and sweet, string-laden ballads ("Perfect to Me," "Real Love," and "All the Time"). Green sounds on fire most of the time, really letting loose on "Everything's OK," testifying on "Be My Baby," and ripping it up like a kid everywhere else. Mitchell's production is wonderfully organic but also very lush, as there is a higher reliance on strings, background singers, and percussion to fatten up the sound this time out. This is often a sign that the singer is losing it somehow, but there is no cover-up being perpetrated here -- they are just shooting for the richest, lushest sound possible. And getting it, too. Such is the magic that Mitchell and Green conjure that they can rescue duff tracks like the terminally mawkish "You Are So Beautiful" with some unconsciously soulful vocals and subtle production, just like they did in the '70s. Speaking of the '70s, this record marks a step away from the Hi nostalgia of I Can't Stop. There are fewer obvious backward nods in the sound (hardly any of that Hi organ!) and in the songwriting; instead, the duo seem focused on creating a modern soul record with none of the trappings of earlier recordings, and they succeed dramatically. Consider I Can't Stop the rehab assignment in Triple A, while Everything's OK is the home run Green fans have been dreaming about. It may not replace Let's Stay Together or I'm Still in Love With You, but you could play it back to back with either of them and not hear much difference other than time. Too bad about the amateurish cover art, though -- it is the one thing about the record that pales in comparison to Al Green's best.
Rolling Stone - David Wild
Everything's OK is much more than OK -- it's one more righteous, red-hot reason to treasure this surviving genius of soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724387458529
catalogNumber:
874585

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Rush   Harmonica,Soloist
Charles Chalmers   Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Manuel   Guitar
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes   Background Vocals
Lester Snell   Piano
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone
Peter Spurbeck   Cello
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Lannie McMIllian   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joan Gilbert   Violin
Beth Luscombe   Viola
Archie Mitchell   Percussion
Hector Diaz   Percussion,Conga
Anthony Gilbert   Viola
Daniel Gilbert   Violin
Jason Hohenberg   Percussion
Bill Florez   Bass Trombone
Gregory Morris   Violin
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello
Archie Mitchell   Percussion
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar
Robert Clayborne   Organ
Steve Potts   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Green   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Willie Mitchell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Leroy Hodges   Composer
Bobby Manuel   Composer
Lester Snell   Composer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Archie Mitchell   Engineer
Archie Mitchell   Engineer
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Composer
Robert Clayborne   Composer
Steve Potts   Composer

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