Al Green

Let's Stay Together

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Singers sometimes don't like the way they sound on certain recordings. That's the time when an intuitive, subjective producer is needed. Al Green didn't like the sound of his voice on "Let's Stay Together." Producer Willie Mitchell disagreed, feeling that the record would be a hit. In fact, Mitchell had been looking for a falsetto who he could use as a strong counterpoint against his crack rhythm section. When he first started working with Green, one of his first moves was to have the singer sing in smoother, softer tones. Green had previous blues-tinged R&B hits with covers of Junior Parker's "Driving Wheel" and the Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You." The transition wasn't only musical but also in appearance with Mitchell's suggesting the singer cut off his afro and wear nice, tailored suits. The genesis of "Let's Stay Together" began with Mitchell and drummer Al Jackson Jr. coming up with the rolling beat that characterized smooth piano changes. When Green returned, the duo gave him a demo and the singer finished writing the song in under 30 minutes. The million-selling single "Let's Stay Together" stayed at number one R&B for nine weeks and went to number one pop in early 1972. Tina Turner's early-1984 cover went to number three R&B and number 26 pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let's Stay Together 1972 TRS / The Right Stuff 3:18
Al Green's Greatest Hits 1975 Fat Possum Records 3:18
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:19
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Rhino
Super Bad Is Back 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 0:00
Greatest Voices [Dino] 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 4:46
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:16
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Capitol
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 3-4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:16
Soul Patrol, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 3:14
Pulp Fiction & Reservoir Dogs 1994
Original Soundtrack
MCA 3:15
Pulp Fiction 1994
Various Artists
Geffen 3:16
Classic R&B Oldies from the 70's, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:49
Hi Times: The Hi Records R&B Years [Box] 1995
Various Artists
Al 1995
Al
Beechwood Music
Hollywood's Hottest Hits 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 3:15
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 3:14
Soul [Friedman/Fairfax] 1995
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 3:15
Movie Killers 1996
Various Artists
Records
No Image 1996 Capitol
Flick Hits: Old School Tracks 1996
Original Soundtrack
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:18
A Deep Shade of Green 1996 Hi Records 3:19
Anthology 1997 Capitol 3:15
Love 70's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 3:17
Big Hits of the 70's [EMI-Capitol] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:16
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
Soul Inspiration 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:17
Hi and Mighty: The Story of Al Green (1969-1978) 1998 Hi Records 3:21
All Time Greatest Movie Songs [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:16
Sounds of the Seventies: Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:41
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:15
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:17
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Essential Soundtracks 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:14
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Just the Way 1999
Various Artists
Reader's Digest Music 0:00
Best of the Best: 70's Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 3:14
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 3:18
Soul [Book & CD] 1999
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 3:17
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:14
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Metacom 3:15
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:17
Beach Music Anthology, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:49
No Image 2000
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:15
True Love: A Collection 2000 Music Club International Records 3:16
Smooth Grooves: The Essential Collection 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
The Hi Singles A's and B's 2000 Hi Records 3:15
No Image 2000 JVC Compact Discs 3:14
Take Me to the River 2000 Capitol 4:45
The Ladies Man 2000
Original Soundtrack
Dreamworks SKG 3:15
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
Black Box [BMG International] 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:16
Radio's Greatest Hits: The '70s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:21
The Very Best of Al Green [Shock] 2001 Shock 3:17
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:17
Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits 2001
Various Artists
Varese 3:16
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:43
Lifetime Music Presents: Weddings of a Lifetime 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 3:15
The Memphis Box 2001
Various Artists
Icehouse Records 4:44
Hi Times: The Hi Records R&B Years 2001
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:45
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:50
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
All Music Guide: Super Soul Singles 2001
Various Artists
All Music Guide / Medalist Entertainment 3:16
Love Unlimited 2001
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:14
The Very Best of Al Green [Music Club] 2001 Music Club International Records 3:18
Selections from Can You Dig It?: The '70's Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:19
Blues & Soul, Vol. 3: 1972-1973 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:15
The Bridal Collection: And Now Presenting 2002
Various Artists
Music For Two 3:19
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:19
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
TV Guide Presents: Five Decades of Great Love Song 2002
Various Artists
Q Records 3:14
Pure Slow Jams 2002
Various Artists
UTV / Universal Distribution 3:16
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Best of Love 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:17
No Image 2003
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 3:15
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:19
LateNightTales 2003 LateNightTales 3:12
The Best Pop Album of the 70's...Ever! 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:18
Best of Slow Jams 2003
Various Artists
SPG 3:15
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 3:16
The Absolute Best 2004 The Right Stuff 3:19
Superbad 2004
Various Artists
Warner Dance 3:16
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 3:18
70's Soul Sensations 2004
Various Artists
Music Club International Records 3:16
Smooth Jazz, Vol. 2: The Essential Album 2004
Various Artists
Essential Records 3:19
The Immortal Soul of Al Green 2004 EMI Music Distribution / Hi / The Right Stuff 3:19
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 70s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 3:40
Greatest Hits [Get Back] 2006 Fat Possum Records / Hi Records / Turnstile 3:18
Let's Get It On: 70s R&B 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
The Definitive Greatest Hits 2007 Capitol / EMI Records 3:17
One Love [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:14
Spirit of Soul [Spirit Of] 2007
Various Artists
Spirit Of (UK) 3:17
Me to You with Love 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Joint Venture 4:42
Sweet Soul Music: 1971 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:17
No Image
Various Artists
PolyGram