Everything's OK [Enhanced]

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.

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: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724387458529
  • Catalog Number: 874585

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everything's OK (4:14)
  2. 2 You Are So Beautiful (3:36)
  3. 3 Build Me Up (3:51)
  4. 4 Perfect to Me (4:10)
  5. 5 Nobody But You (3:31)
  6. 6 Real Love (5:23)
  7. 7 I Can Make Music (4:41)
  8. 8 Be My Baby (3:17)
  9. 9 Magic Road (3:45)
  10. 10 I Wanna Hold You (3:41)
  11. 11 Another Day (3:21)
  12. 12 All the Time (4:03)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Green Primary Artist
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
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
Steve Potts Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Mitchell Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Leroy Hodges Composer
Bobby Manuel Composer
Lester Snell Composer, Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Archie Mitchell Engineer
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