The Best of the Gospel Sessions

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Al Green has sold some 20 million records, been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET, among other honors, and most of that has stemmed from his secular pop career and the smooth, soulful Hi Records sound he helped build with producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s. But he's also been elected to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and if Green's fame largely rests with pop hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone," his perceived personal calling has always been gospel, and as this well-chosen and sequenced selection of some of his best non-secular sides from the 1980s shows, he's a singer's singer...
See more details below
CD
$11.39
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$11.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $6.13   
  • New (5) from $6.13   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Al Green has sold some 20 million records, been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET, among other honors, and most of that has stemmed from his secular pop career and the smooth, soulful Hi Records sound he helped build with producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s. But he's also been elected to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and if Green's fame largely rests with pop hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone," his perceived personal calling has always been gospel, and as this well-chosen and sequenced selection of some of his best non-secular sides from the 1980s shows, he's a singer's singer no matter what the genre -- given that Green's themes have always been about the need for love and respect, exactly who he addresses the song to starts to feel like a mere detail. There's a lot to love here, from his reverent version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" to the jaunty and soothing "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (which has a backing track that eerily resembles Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," another song that has the connection between love and God as its core subject), and when one compares a track like "Higher Plane" here with Green's peak commercial work with Mitchell from the '70s, the similarities far outweigh the differences.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: New Haven
  • UPC: 027072809225
  • Catalog Number: 28092
  • Sales rank: 41,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Green Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Linda Jones Background Vocals
Larry Lee Guitar
Tony Brown Keyboards
The A-Strings Strings
Anita Ball Background Vocals
Francine Belcher Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Johnny Brown Organ, fender rhodes
Kelli Bruce Background Vocals
Ben Cauley Horn
Steve Cobb Bass, Electric Bass
Moses Dillard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Reuben Fairfax Jr. Bass, Bass Guitar
Ray Griffin Bass
Jack Hale Horn
Willie Hall Drums
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Leroy Hodges Electric Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andrew Jackson Keyboards
Debbie Jamison Background Vocals
Jimmy Kinnard Electric Bass
Andrew Love Horn
Edgar Matthews Horn
The Memphis Strings Strings
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Strings
Nashville Horn Works Horn
Jerry Peters Synthesizer, Keyboards
Temple Riser Background Vocals
Michael Toles Electric Guitar
John Toney Drums
Gary Topper Horn
Bob Wray Bass
Charles Miller Background Vocals
Andrea Blackwood Background Vocals
Berkley Buckles Background Vocals
Eban Kelly Background Vocals
Paul Zaleski Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion
Larrie Londin Drums
Perry Michael Allen Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards
Angelo Earl Guitar
Kenny Bell Guitar
David Cousar Guitar
Gerry Peters Synthesizer
Debra Carter Background Vocals
William Brown Background Vocals
Michael Baker Guitar, Background Vocals
David Briggs Keyboards
Kimberly Fleming Background Vocals
Karen Taylor Background Vocals
Tim Dancy Percussion, Drums
Jessie Butler Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Bobby Jones & the New Life Singers Background Vocals
Steve Potts Drums
Bobby Jones Background Vocals
P. Leon Thomas Keyboards
Michelle Omata Background Vocals
Jeanie Grant Background Vocals
Gerard Minnies Electric Guitar
Candi Grant Background Vocals
Bountiful Blessings Choir Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Green Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Laura Lee Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer, Producer, Engineer
William C. Brown III Engineer
Bill Cantrell Engineer
Moses Dillard Composer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Jimi Randolph Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Eban Kelly Composer, Producer, Engineer
Paul Zaleski Producer, Engineer
Ken Harding Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Keith Burke Composer
Jean Burleson Composer
Sharon Michalsky Composer
Ron Dickerson Engineer
Fred Jordan Engineer, String Arrangements
Billy Sherill Engineer
Lawrence H. Lee Jr. Composer
Errol Thomas Producer, Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously