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Take Me to the River

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Al Green 9/12/2000

Review

As this two-CD best-of draws wholly from Green's prime as a Hi artist, and, as it contains almost everything from his Greatest Hits collection, one might reasonably assume that it's a good investment for those looking for a greatest hits anthology that's deeper than the single-disc Greatest Hits. Generally that's true, but there are some shortcomings to the packaging that might give you pause. The version of "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)" here is a live performance, not the original studio one, and his 1975 Top 30 hit "Full of Fire" (which is on Greatest Hits) is missing. It's also too bad that no original release dates are given for specific tracks in the sleeve notes and that the cuts are only sort of sequenced chronologically. This does have almost all of his Top 40 hits and some significant songs that are not on Greatest Hits, particularly "Take Me to the River" itself and his cover of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." Still, the material present on this collection that is not on Greatest Hits is definitely not as essential as his big single. If you're just concerned with whether this is a good collection of major soul music, of course it is, covering virtually all of Green's major highlights and then some. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'm Glad You're Mine Al Green 2:56
  3. 2 What Am I Gonna Do With Myself? Al Green 2:27
  4. 3 Tired of Being Alone Al Green 2:44
  5. 4 I'm Still in Love With You Al Green 3:14
  6. 5 Let's Stay Together Al Green 4:44
  7. 6 I Tried to Tell Myself Al Green 3:24
  8. 7 Love and Happiness Al Green 5:2
  9. 8 You Ought to Be With Me Al Green 3:19
  10. 9 Look What You Done for Me Al Green 3:6
  11. 10 Here I Am (Come and Take Me) Al Green 4:13
  12. 11 Call Me (Come Back Home) Al Green 3:4
  13. 12 Livin' for You Al Green 3:9
  14. 13 L-O-V-E (Love) Al Green 3:6
  15. 14 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Al Green 6:19
  16. 15 Take Me to the River Al Green 3:44
  17. 1 Right Now, Right Now Al Green 2:51
  18. 2 So Good to Be Here Al Green 2:41
  19. 3 For the Good Times [Cover] Al Green 5:28
  20. 4 I Can't Get Next to You [Cover] Al Green 3:49
  21. 5 Let's Get Married Al Green 5:32
  22. 6 Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) Al Green 5:9
  23. 7 God Blessed Our Love Al Green 5:47
  24. 8 Let It Shine Al Green 3:14
  25. 9 Lean on Me Al Green 2:10
  26. 10 Hangin' On Al Green 4:20
  27. 11 Strong as Death (Sweet as Love) Al Green 4:21
  28. 12 Nothing Takes the Place of You Al Green 4:37
  29. 13 The Spirit Might Come-On and On Al Green 5:26
  30. 14 There's No Way Al Green 3:32
  31. 15 Belle Al Green 4:47

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