Lay It Down

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The big question that greets listeners encountering Al Green's third Blue Note album, Lay It Down, is: what happens when you put that amazing soul-drenched voice in the hands of hip-hop producers Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots and James Poyser, and add a slew of superstar guests? Answer: a killer Al Green soul album. Thompson and Poyser weren't interested in straying far from the classic sound Green and producer Willie Mitchell created at Hi Records in the 1970s, but they did want to place it in a more contemporary -- albeit analog -- setting. Green cut his previous offerings for the label -- 2003's I Can't Stop and 2005's Everything's OK -- with Mitchell, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The big question that greets listeners encountering Al Green's third Blue Note album, Lay It Down, is: what happens when you put that amazing soul-drenched voice in the hands of hip-hop producers Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots and James Poyser, and add a slew of superstar guests? Answer: a killer Al Green soul album. Thompson and Poyser weren't interested in straying far from the classic sound Green and producer Willie Mitchell created at Hi Records in the 1970s, but they did want to place it in a more contemporary -- albeit analog -- setting. Green cut his previous offerings for the label -- 2003's I Can't Stop and 2005's Everything's OK -- with Mitchell, and the results were good, not great, albums because Green's sound was simply re-created nostalgically. Even though Thompson and Poyser have been very creative here with their nuanced percussive, textural, and dynamic touches, Lay It Down is more of a classic-sounding Al Green record than either of its predecessors. The producers are at the core of a studio band on drums and various analog keyboards, respectively that also includes Mighty Clouds of Joy guitarist Chalmers "Spanky" Alford in whose memory the album is dedicated, bassist Adam Blackstone Jill Scott, and the Dap-Kings Horns. Lay It Down is a slow-burning, solid groover of a soul record; its dynamics and textures shift subtly and purposely to keep Green's voice at the center of its sound. If there is a flaw on the set, it's that individual tracks don't assert themselves immediately. Green, Poyser, and Thompson were going for immediacy and feel: nine of the album's 11 cuts had basic tracks done in their first session. They achieved their goal and then some -- the album feels of such an atmospheric piece and is so present that it initially comes off as a whole. That said, there is no better place to spend 45 minutes than in Lay It Down's dreamy, sensual, gritty, and tender sound world.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094634844925
  • Catalog Number: 48449
  • Sales rank: 63,711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lay It Down - Anthony Hamilton (4:30)
  2. 2 Just For Me (3:58)
  3. 3 You've Got The Love I Need - Anthony Hamilton (4:14)
  4. 4 No One Like You (4:31)
  5. 5 What More Do You Want From Me (4:13)
  6. 6 Take Your Time - Corinne Bailey Rae (4:37)
  7. 7 Too Much (3:29)
  8. 8 Stay With Me (By The Sea) - John Legend (3:23)
  9. 9 All I Need (3:41)
  10. 10 I'm Wild About You (4:51)
  11. 11 Standing In The Rain (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Green Primary Artist, Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
Larry Gold Conductor
David Guy Trumpet
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
The Dap-Kings Horns Track Performer
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer, Producer
Russell Elevado Engineer
Larry Gold Strings Orchestrator
James Poyser Composer, Producer
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Richard Nichols Executive Producer
David Kutch Mastering
?uestlove Producer
Eli Wolf Executive Producer
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford Producer
Adam Blackstone Producer
Konstantin Dzhibilov Art Direction
William Marshall grooming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a great cd!

    What a great cd for the outstanding Al Greene....Thank you Al...I needed that......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome Back

    Welcome back to the Al Green fans used to know. Things have come full circle. This is a nicely made album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Jolly Green Gaint is Back

    Outstanding CD truly a must hear from one of the all time greats!Hope it get the air play it deserves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Al Green ..........without a doubt THE FINEST

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still the man

    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

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