Al Green

Hi Masters

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This album compiles some of Green's biggest hits for the Hi label during his secular '70s period. Since his is one of the most important legacies in all of R&B, that's no small thing. With so much ground to cover, there's really no way to cover all the bases, but Green never recorded a substandard tune during his Hi years, and THE HI MASTERS is consistently satisfying. The album focuses more on Green's churning, uptempo material than on his sensual ballads. From his reinterpretation of the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You" to his own seminal composition "Take Me to the River," Green gives his all, his sweet, pliant voice the very epitome of soul. He's always had a way of redefining others' songs as well, as made clear by his revelatory versions of Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" and Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away." It's physically impossible for a 15-song Al Green compilation to be definitive, but you can't go wrong with this one.

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