Precious Lord/I'll Rise Again

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
This is a two-album-on-one-CD release from the U.K.'s branch of Hi Records. Out of the two albums here, Precious Lord is the more staid and religious. Recorded in Nashville and engineered by country producer Billy Sherrill, it's Green's most traditional gospel statement. Standards are abound, with the title track, "How Great Thou Art," "Rock of Ages," and a warm "In the Garden." Although the performances are felt, the country-style production and lack of veering from the script made the effort come off not as moving as one might think. The contemporary original "Morningstar" displayed more of what Green is capable of doing. The blend of Al Green's style and his inherent ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
This is a two-album-on-one-CD release from the U.K.'s branch of Hi Records. Out of the two albums here, Precious Lord is the more staid and religious. Recorded in Nashville and engineered by country producer Billy Sherrill, it's Green's most traditional gospel statement. Standards are abound, with the title track, "How Great Thou Art," "Rock of Ages," and a warm "In the Garden." Although the performances are felt, the country-style production and lack of veering from the script made the effort come off not as moving as one might think. The contemporary original "Morningstar" displayed more of what Green is capable of doing. The blend of Al Green's style and his inherent charm seemed to inform the majority of I'll Rise Again. Released in 1983, it was also the natural progression of early-'80s albums Lord Will Make a Way and Higher Plane. While I'll Rise Again doesn't reach their level, it comes close and shows Green letting his eccentricities shine through. Tracks like "It Don't Take Much," "I Know It Was the Blood," and "Look at the Things That God Made" have Green coming to grips with the polished, synth-driven R&B sound of the time. Not surprisingly, the standards "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and "I Just Can't Make It by Myself" find Green on automatic pilot and not too interested. The two albums certainly do portray Green in different mindsets and are perfect representations of his early-'80s work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Hi Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155219024
  • Catalog Number: 190

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Green Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Larry Lee Guitar
The A-Strings Strings
Anita Ball Background Vocals
Francine Belcher Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Jesse Butler Keyboards
Steve Cobb Bass
Moses Dillard Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Strings
Nashville Horn Works Horn
Jerry Peters Synthesizer, Keyboards
Temple Riser Background Vocals
Bob Wray Bass
Charles Miller Background Vocals
Bobby Lee Jones Background Vocals
Kenny Bell Guitar
Debra Carter Background Vocals
William C. Brown Background Vocals
Michael Baker Guitar, Background Vocals
David Briggs Keyboards
Kimberly Fleming Background Vocals
Steve Potts Drums
Technical Credits
Al Green Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
William C. Brown III Engineer, Remixing
Moses Dillard Composer
Dennis Hill Art Direction
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Jools CD Package Design
Lee Jr. Composer
Jerry Peters Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Peter Rynston Mastering
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Joseph Scriven Composer
Hodges Wilson Composer
Charles C. Converse Composer
Stuart K. Hine Composer
Emmett Wilson Arranger, Composer
Sharon Michalsky Composer
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