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Livin' for You

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Starting in 1971 with Al Green Gets Next to You, Al Green albums became necessities. Livin' for You is Green's sixth album, and the fourth to be certified gold. Its predecessor, the classic Call Me, was still on the charts when this was released. Each of Green's albums with Willie Mitchell are singular, with their own distinct style, and Livin' for You is no exception. It takes a more relaxed approach and offers some of his best ballads; the title track is Green at his most engaging, even when he sang potentially mood-interrupting lines like "I'm tired of your bright ideas about leaving me." "Home Again" and "So Good to Be Here" are romantic if not hypnotic, offering subtle...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Starting in 1971 with Al Green Gets Next to You, Al Green albums became necessities. Livin' for You is Green's sixth album, and the fourth to be certified gold. Its predecessor, the classic Call Me, was still on the charts when this was released. Each of Green's albums with Willie Mitchell are singular, with their own distinct style, and Livin' for You is no exception. It takes a more relaxed approach and offers some of his best ballads; the title track is Green at his most engaging, even when he sang potentially mood-interrupting lines like "I'm tired of your bright ideas about leaving me." "Home Again" and "So Good to Be Here" are romantic if not hypnotic, offering subtle drumming, economical keyboards, and gentle vocals. The biggest track here, the proficient and smooth "Let's Get Married," has Green being a little wishy-washy as he sings, "I didn't mean to say all the things I said/The way I felt in my heart it came out that way." Although the originals here rank with his best, Green also did good cover work too. The often useless "Unchained Melody" shows up and benefits from Green's methodical delivery. In many ways, Livin' for You is the perfect, intimate album for his fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981114026
  • Catalog Number: 1140
  • Sales rank: 111,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Livin' for You (3:12)
  2. 2 Home Again (3:57)
  3. 3 Free at Last (3:28)
  4. 4 Let's Get Married (5:34)
  5. 5 So Good to Be Here (2:42)
  6. 6 Sweet Sixteen (3:28)
  7. 7 Unchained Melody (5:35)
  8. 8 My God Is Real (2:45)
  9. 9 Beware (8:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Green Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Michael Allen Piano
James Brown Piano
Charles Chalmers Background Vocals
Sandra Chalmers Background Vocals
Howard Grimes Bongos, Conga, Drums
Jack Hale Trombone, Trumpet
Charles Hodges Organ, Piano
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Ed Logan Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
The Memphis Strings Strings
James Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Archie Turner Piano
James K. Brown Piano
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Michael J. Allen Piano
Ali Muhammed Jackson Drums
James H. Brown Piano
Charles E. Jr. Hodges Organ, Piano
Alex Jackson Drums
James J. Mitchell Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Al Green Producer
Michael Allen Composer
Willie Mitchell Producer, Engineer
Charles Chalmers Arranger, String Arrangements
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Margaret Goldfarb Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
Kathy Kinslow Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
Charles Levan Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
Frank Lopez Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
The Memphis Strings String Section
James Mitchell Arranger
Cheryl Pawelski Contributor, Reissue Production Assistance
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Malia Kleppinger Reissue Production Assistance
Tom Daly Artwork, Illustrations
Vince Biondi Art Direction
Howard Craft Mastering
Howard Croft Mastering
Dawn Van Patten Contributor
M. Allen Composer
James J. Mitchell String Arrangements
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