Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Al Green, Live

Way back in August, while lamenting the loss of Isaac Hayes, I mentioned my desire to check out one of the few remaining soul legends, Al Green. Well, last Friday night I got my chance to see him at the Showcase Live in Foxborough, MA, and it was well worth it, let me tell you! Always known as the smooth ladies man, Green played the part to the T. Throughout the show he tossed roses out to the crowd, all the while moving around like a man a third of his age. Seriously, I was amazed how much pep he still has in his step!

During his set (which seemed to go by way too quick, and which didn't include an encore, unfortunately), he played some of his well loved hits (Let's Stay Together, Here I Am (Come And Take Me), and the show stopping closer Love and Happiness) as well as some from his new album Lay It Down (including the title track), some gospel (as you'd expect from the Reverend - Amazing Grace of course), and a 60's medley including My Girl, (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, I've Been Loving You Too Long, (I'm not 100% sure about this one, I knew it was another Otis Redding track, and I knew it when I heard it, I just can't remember it now) as well as a few others. And like I mentioned above, the Reverend never let up moving around the stage giving it his all. Backing him wa a 13 member band that came together tight and played some sharp tunes.

There's still time to catch him in your town if you're lucky enough to live in Indianna or Missouri. Check out dates at the bottom to see if you're in luck. If not, and if you still haven't picked it up, I'd heartily recommend the new album.

and some older ones:

Al Green - Look What You Done For Me : Look What You Done For Me 7"

Al Green - La-La For You : Look What You Done For Me 7" B-side

Get them both on The Immortal Soul of Al Green.

Visit his website, his label Blue Note Records, and become his friend on MySpace.

Remaining Tour Dates

11/28/2008 Horseshoe Casino Hammond, IN
11/29/2008 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO

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