He Is the Light

He Is the Light

by Al Green
     
 

Al Green suffered a slight lull in his gospel career with 1984's Trust in God. As a response, he reunited with producer Willie Mitchell, who admittedly preferred the secular to the gospel. At this point, Green was unwavering in his faith and presents a challenge for He Is the Light. "Going Away" and "True Love" are great updates ofSee more details below

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Al Green suffered a slight lull in his gospel career with 1984's Trust in God. As a response, he reunited with producer Willie Mitchell, who admittedly preferred the secular to the gospel. At this point, Green was unwavering in his faith and presents a challenge for He Is the Light. "Going Away" and "True Love" are great updates of the classic 1971-1976 sound with Green's dulcet, anxious vocals above an updated version of the sound that made him famous. The cover of "Be With Me Jesus" has Green in a playful mood despite the dire lyrics, and shows how Mitchell could coax vocals from Green no one else could. To Mitchell's credit, this album not only embraced Green's pop/gospel but also the newer sounds and styles Green had been working on in the '80s. The cover of the Clark Sisters' "You Brought the Sunshine" features adroit synth work and fun vocals. On the flip side, "Power," "Building Up," and "Nearer My God to Thee" are too cautious and quite boring. While He Is the Light finds Green in better voice than his last '70s efforts with Mitchell, it still has weak spots that prevent it from being a resounding success.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/1995
Label:
Umvd Special Markets
UPC:
0731452032720
catalogNumber:
520327

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Kelli Bruce   Background Vocals
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Steve Cobb   Electric Bass
Jack Hale   Trombone
Leroy Hodges   Electric Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Andrew Jackson   Keyboards
Debbie Jamison   Background Vocals
Jimmy Kinnard   Electric Bass
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Memphis Strings   Strings
Gary Topper   Baritone Saxophone
Perry Michael Allen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards
Angelo Earl   Guitar
David Cousar   Guitar
David Gousar   Guitar
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Willie Mitchell   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Remixing
Jeff Gold   Art Direction
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Perry Michael Allen   String Arrangements,Remixing,Synthesizer Arrangements
L. Nix   Mastering
Allen Mitchell   Remixing

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