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Al Green is one of those artists whose range and scope, like those of James Brown or Johnny Cash, seem almost too large for a three- or four-CD retrospective. But like Brown's Star Time or Cash's Essential set, Anthology i... more »
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Al Green is one of those artists whose range and scope, like those of James Brown or Johnny Cash, seem almost too large for a three- or four-CD retrospective. But like Brown's Star Time or Cash's Essential set, Anthology is a deeply satisfying overview of an important artist's work. In addition to its generous helping of hits, intriguing rarities (a great early single of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," a live medley of "Let's Stay Together" and the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun"), and early hints of the gospel career that would follow this set's final late-'70s tracks, the box offers interview excerpts that both outline Green's working methods and underscore his crazy-like-a-fox eccentricity. It's worth the price of the set to hear the singer explain the many practical lessons he learned from rock and soul. --Rickey Wright
Necessary But Not Sufficient Green
A Reader | La Jolla, CA United States | 04/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd think if you're looking at this, you need no convincing of the mighty worth of Al Green; there's no one remotely like him - as versatile or as skillful, but mostly no one as powerfully, emotionally resonant. However, what you might appreciate knowing is that some of your favorite cuts - the ones you've heard over & over & grown to love - are not here. Or, rather, they're here but in LIVE versions. This is great for collectors & afficianados, but perhaps disappointing to someone who wants their favorite Green in a box. Hint: for a little less "green," buy two other CDs ("Greatest Hits" & "More Greatest Hits"). Best idea yet, though, is to buy all 3 - this will give you what you expect and also give you so much more that will broaden & deepen your respect for what music can give you. And Al Green is one of music's great messengers."
Much of what any Al Green collection should have.
Eric V. Moye | 04/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No question about it. He is a tough man. This Anthology has most of his hits as well as the songs that should have been hits. Al was smooth the way he sang love songs. He also had that earthy edge to his work.Kudos for the inclusion of some songs of his gospel roots.My only complaint? A bit too many of the songs I wanted were live versions. The studio cuts of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", "Sha La La La" "You Ought to Be With Me" and the like were true classics of his style to me. I want them the way I recall them (but, that IS just my opinion)."
The Good Al Green Times
Jeffrey Clarke | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No matter what your musical preference, this anthology is for you. Al Green is nothing less than a genius, and I recommend all music lovers to take a close listen, especially if just trying to enjoy a few quiet reflective minutes alone, or even better with your special someone for an evening. Any Al Green album promises to be moving and soulful; with this you have it all."