Lay It Down

Lay It Down

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by Al Green
     
 
The title of Al Green’s Lay It Down truly tells it like it is. Conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop, the album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career.

Overview

The title of Al Green’s Lay It Down truly tells it like it is. Conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop, the album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career. The album is a refreshingly old school jam, with everyone laying down the music together, face to face, heart to heart, soul to soul. The project features the sophisticated R&B voices of singer-songwriters John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae, and it was co-produced with Green by two of hip-hop’s most innovative players, drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots and keyboardist James Poyser, the go-to guy for high-profile artists ranging from Erykah Badu to Common. Add in Brooklyn’s celebrated Dap-King Horns (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse), guitarist Chalmers “Spanky” Alford (Mighty Clouds of Joy, Joss Stone) and bassist Adam Blackstone (Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff), among others, and you’ve got a modern soul-music dream team, fronted by the most expressive voice in the business.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
Lay It Down sticks to the classic Seventies template: slow-boiling ballads, awash in strings and brass, with Green cooing oaths of fidelity and hinting at more immediate satisfactions.
Billboard
This friendly collision of new and old sensibilities is as vintage-sounding as anything Al Green released during his Hi Records heyday of the '70s.
Essence
You can feel the love seeping through the speakers.
Ebony
Accompanying Green on this new recording is an array of talented artists (John Legend, Corrine Bailey Rae, Anthony Hamilton) who admire and respect his artistry, and who enhance his mission of delivering great soul music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0094634844925
catalogNumber:
48449

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist,Vocals
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Larry Gold   Conductor
James Poyser   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion
Anthony Hamilton   Vocals
?uestlove   Drums
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Jaguar Wright   Background Vocals
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Gabriel Roth   Bass
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Guitar
Adam Blackstone   Bass
John Legend   Vocals
Corinne Bailey Rae   Vocals,Background Vocals
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Owen Biddle   Bass
Mercedes Martinez   Background Vocals
Dap-Kings Horns   Track Performer
Dave Guy   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Green   Composer,Producer
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Larry Gold   Strings Orchestrator
James Poyser   Composer,Producer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Richard Nichols   Executive Producer
?uestlove   Producer
Eli Wolf   Executive Producer
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford   Producer
Adam Blackstone   Producer
Konstantin Dzhibilov   Art Direction
William Marshall   grooming

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Lay It Down 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is one of his best just as all others but this time he put his all in it go big al. rick harris
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding CD truly a must hear from one of the all time greats!Hope it get the air play it deserves!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lay It Down is better than outstanding.It's been a long time coming. Didn't read a review just knew it was Al Green. Have already listened to 4 times......it just gets better. THANKS AL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Al Green fans used to know. Things have come full circle. This is a nicely made album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album by Al Green. Everything all clicks. At times, it does remind you of his '70s hits like Let's Stay Together, I'm Still In Love With You and Love and Happiness, but it sounds very current and contemporary, avoiding retro relapse. The live band, horns and musicians sound superb on every song. And Al still sings with soul and his falsetto is still sharp on here. Liked the guest appearances of John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corrine Bailey Rae, but they smartly step back and let Al take the lead in the songs. This album will be talked about 20 to 30 years from now too, because the artistry and musicianship is just superb on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great cd for the outstanding Al Greene....Thank you Al...I needed that......