Al Green

Love and Happiness

Composed by Al Green / Mabon "Teenie" Hodges

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There are many reasons why a popular radio-aired LP track isn't released as a single; the record label may not want to take any attention away from the single. One of Al Green's best recordings, "Love and Happiness," was never issued as a single when it was receiving massive airplay. From a purely business standpoint, it's somewhat understandable. It was included on the sensational 1972 platinum LP I'm Still in Love With You which yielded the gold R&B/pop chart-topping title track, another gold Top Ten hit, "Look What You've Done for Me," and a tantalizing cover of "For the Good Times." Still, "Love and Happiness" is one of Green's classic recordings. It squarely points back to the singer's gospel roots. Written by Green, producer Willie Mitchell, and Stax Records drummer Al Jackson Jr., it was another great song from the trio who wrote the bulk of Green's hits. The intro is reflective of the climax-building style of black Baptist preachers' sermons, using the sparse interplay of Green's reflective vocal inflections and accenting musical riffs. Then the singer counts off into in a mid-tempo organ-dominated, horn-laced groove which is punctuated with background vocals that recall the call-and-response method of a preacher and a responding church choir. Finally, in the breakdown section, Green "testifies" to the power of love. Just like First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder," it was years before (and years after Green's hit-making heyday) "Love and Happiness" was released as a single, where it peaked at number 92 R&B and number 104 pop in summer 1977. No matter, it became a long-standing favorite on radio station play lists for years.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I'm Still in Love with You 1972 The Right Stuff 5:07
Al Green's Greatest Hits 1975 Fat Possum 5:03
Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1977 Motown
Tokyo Live 1981 The Right Stuff 6:23
The Supreme Al Green: The Greatest Hits 1992 Hi Records
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 5:04
Hi Times: The Hi Records R&B Years [Box] 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 5:03
Al 1995
Beechwood Music
Anthology 1997 Capitol 5:00
Take Me to the River: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1997 Hi Records 5:06
Traveller 1997
Original Soundtrack
Asylum / Elektra 5:05
Best of Summer Jam: Sinbad's Soul Music Festival 1997
Various Artists
Renaissance Records 4:53
Movies Greatest Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Hi and Mighty: The Story of Al Green (1969-1978) 1998 Hi Records
Movie Lovers: 20 Original Movie Love Themes 1998
Various Artists
Records 3:04
Hi Masters 1998 Hi Records 4:59
Movie Lovers, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Records 5:06
Essence Men: The Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 5:02
Love & Basketball [Soundtrack] 2000
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 5:01
No Image 2000 JVC Compact Discs 5:02
Take Me to the River 2000 Capitol 5:02
The Very Best of Al Green [EMI Canada] 2000 EMI Music Distribution
The Very Best of Al Green [Shock] 2001 Shock 4:59
Instant Party: Whole Lotta Soul 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 5:02
Love & Happiness 2001 Music Deluxe (UK) / Demon / Music Club 5:01
Essence of Soul 2002 2002
Various Artists
J Records 5:02
The Love Songs Collection 2003 Fat Possum 5:08
The Absolute Best 2004 The Right Stuff 5:08
Soul Comes Home: A Celebration of Stax Records 2004
Various Artists
Stax 6:45
Shades of Al Green 2004 Hi Records 5:03
The Immortal Soul of Al Green 2004 EMI Music Distribution / Hi/The Right Stuff 5:07
The Very Best of Al Green [Crimson] 2005 Crimson Productions 5:00
Something's Got a Hold on Me 2005
Various Artists
Hear Music 5:03
Madea's Family Reunion 2006
Various Artists
Motown 5:05
The Legendary Hi Albums 2006 Edsel 5:01
Greatest Hits [Get Back] 2006 Fat Possum / Hi Records / Turnstile 5:03
Soul Jams [SPG] 2006
Various Artists
SPG 5:01
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Uncut Music 5:01
The Definitive Greatest Hits 2007 Capitol/EMI Records 5:06
Stack of Soul 2007
Various Artists
Immortal 5:29
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 Capitol/EMI Records 5:06
Al Green [Madacy] 2007 Madacy 5:04
What Makes the World Go 'Round? 2008 Starbucks
100 Hits: Girls Night 2008
Various Artists
DMG 100 5:00
Come Dine with Me Presents: Dinner Party Songs 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:00
The Breaks: Original B Boy Street Funk and Block Party Classics 2011
Various Artists
Harmless 5:02
The Best of Soul Train Live 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:08
No Image Hi Records
Soul Jams/Old School 7
Various Artists
Spg Music Ltd. 5:01
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 5:01
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:02
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:02
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