Let's Stay Together is the fourth album by the soul singer Al Green, released in 1972, and is the follow-up to his moderate success Al Green Gets Next to You. It was recorded at Royal Recording Studio, 1320 S. Lauderdale, in Memphis and was a success, peaking at number eight on the pop albums chart and became the first of six albums to peak at number-one on the soul album chart (where it claimed the position for ten weeks). It is best known for the title track "Let's Stay Together", which became Green's signature song and his only number-one pop hit single. The album was the third produced by Willie Mitchell and marked the beginning of Green's classic period of critically acclaimed albums. Let's Stay Together was reissued in 2003 by The Right Stuff.Wikipedia
Oh yah... Such a lovely record from the Rev
Sometimes, 35 minutes of gospel twinged soul is exactly what you need to be listening to. Opens with Let's Stay Together, never tops it, but very few have in the 50 odd years since. That sentence feels a bit harsh on How Do You Mend A Broken Heart, but you have a proper 11/10 track as the opener. I'd have hidden it halfway through the album to make sure the rest gets used! Shout out to the band as well - the guitar never does what you're expecting it to do. Brilliant stuff. As a side note, if I saw an album by somebody looking that cool on the front cover, I'd still give it a listen today.
Great way to start off this challenge. Love it energy he brings to the tracks. Everyone of them commands your attention. How can you mend a broken heart.... :'(
19th July 2021 Listened in the shower then on the living room speaker while getting ready for work in the morning. So relaxing, super chilled and so nice to listen to on a day like this. Absolute diamond.
His voice is so soulful and emotive. I'm digging it. Shame that he's a piece of shit wife-beater. Let's stay together or else I'll beat the piss out of you.
Kicks off with it's best track but nothing to dislike with the groove and vocal of classic Al Green
Fucking loved it.
LOVED it. Did not expect that whatsoever
Solid gold, and although the title track is very popular, the rest of the album is packed full of lesser known tracks which, to me, encapsulate al's early edge much better than some of his more popular work. Long time fav
I feel cool just listening to this. Pretty frickin' fantastic start to finish.
Smooth from start to finish. Laid back and chilled out, but still puts you in a happy mood.
Soul isn't generally my genre but there's something about Al Green's effortless energy that is just wonderful. I'm not sure what else to say. The man is an incredible performer and the musicianship was top-notch. Really enjoyable.
Rhythms totally his own, soulfulness as intelligent as it comes. He's touched by god and passing it along to you. Savour the moment. (A little too long on the slow tempos to compete with his best work.)
Wasn't my jam. Wasn't particularly bad either, just wasn't feeling this.
Great for chill background music, but only the title track stood out as a memorable song.
This one didn't escape background music level for me - there are some interesting melodies and Green's voice is generally pleasing in delivery, just not any solid hooks I found to grab onto here.
Soulful, listenable. Only one famous song.
This dude FEELS. I felt more romantic having listened to this album. Wish I'd found it sooner
Pretty good soul music, I'm enjoying, I do think my favourite is Let's Stay Together
Magical album. I'm a particular fan of the horns used throughout. I will be adding this to my shopping cart.
Classic Love and Soul
So this is definitely the kind of 70s music I wish I’d heard more of growing up. I like this one, very groove, funk.
Al Green is a favourite, and this is the album that introduced me to him. Great songs, slick and emotional vocals, timeless classic.
La voz es magnífica.
Always down for some Al Green
really goddamn good
Enjoyed every second
Big fan of the sounds of this album, only thing I'm not 100% on board with is the lyrics because it seems to mostly be about being/longing to be in a relationship. But I'm not gonna be too harsh on it. Every song on this sounds distinct while simultaneously having a nice flow throughout the entire project. Definitely gonna add it to my Discogs wantlist. Added every single song to my playlist. The highest of quality
Every song was a banger. Unreal
Альбом не нашла, а вот песню - да. Идеальна для поездок по ночному городу, и в целом запоминающаяся.
A great classic soul album
Pretty much every time I listen to any one of Al Green's classic albums I think it's the best one but this one might actually be his all time best.
Al Green rustles my jimmies
Thats my man... and he is a Priest you know 😇
The album is timeless, full of soul, and if you have a heartbeat, it’ll get your head moving to the beat. A definite album to add to a collection.
The master of sweet soul music, smoothness defined.
Saved Prior: Let's Stay Together Saved: 9. Old Time Lovin' 8. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart 7. It Ain't No Fun to Me 6. What Is This Feeling 5. Judy 4. La-La for You 3. I've Never Found a Girl 2. So You're Leaving 1. Let's Stay Together Overall Notes: So so good. Groove is immaculate. LOVED this.
Solid. Grooves for days.
Need I even say anything?
This album is smooth, funky, groovy, soulful. Enjoyable from start to finish. Highlights: Let's Stay Together, What Is This Feeling, I've Never Found A Girl, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.
I can't believe I've missed out on this album until now!
Awesom and very cool
Uma agradável surpresa. Só conhecia duas músicas, mas gostei de todas.
Unmistakable from the first few notes! Classics!
Nothing much to say other than this is a classic. Let's Stay Together is one of my favorite songs ever. I hadn't heard any of the others songs but they're all great. The trumpets throughout the album give it the classic. Old time lovin' is a particularly great song that I just heard for the first time. Al Green has one of the best voices in music history?
It's bopping, it's hopping, it's KTOWN BANGIN' Got some real classic songs on there baby
What a corker of an album! Al Green is a legend and this is a legendary album. An absolute joy to listen to. What a hero, so influential and really to my personal taste too. A full five stars from me, no negatives to be found here.
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What a great album, among the best of this era. 5 🌟
oh another classic soul album here, The Rev. Green doing what he did best and laying down the most seduce-able music possible, that smooth, smooth voice and the great backing band are superb. I absolutely love the Brother Gibbs "How can you mend a broken heart" with Al's timing on this as near to perfect as anything in the soul/r & b oeuvre. Of course another classic in the title track which is a standard now of course. Love Al and love this Album.
I think I knew all these songs despite never listening to an Al Green record before. Top stuff . Nice and short too, meaning I can deal with more of my 1001 backlog!
Some really great soul. Some of my favourite albums on the list so far have been soul, reminds me of some of the isaac hayes
Now that's an awesome album.
I love it since the first song..actually, especially because of the first song
What an album! Al is performing in the studio, rather than just recording - quite a distinction. There are so many subtle changes in vocal style. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is more than the perfect pop song. Pretentious warning alert: it's a work of art that can't be beaten. The Hammond organ holds it all together, along with the horn stabs. Amazing stuff.
Soul perfection. The Reverend does have the most beautiful voice, and this album showcases it perfectly from start to finish. The backing never intrudes, supporting the main attraction, and the backing vocals lift Al’s vocal up further. There is nothing about this I don’t love - beautiful songs, arrangements, production and of course THAT voice above it all.
Wanting less than 3 stars is incorrect, and you should try harder on your next listen.
A perfect album.
Remember when Obama sang that song
Great 70's funk soul sound. Hard to beat these groovy jams. Al Green was the Man. The mix is very laid back, and Al takes the center stage. Mellow horn section sounds right in the pocket. This was my first album listen on this series.
Groovy and smooth, easy listen
First impressions of this album are really good. Uplifting. Let's stay together is a good intro to album, I knew, the intro seemed familiar.
I like it
While know and love the title track well, I had never sat down and listened to this album all the way through. The joy of hearing this all the way through for the first time has been wonderful. I love the laid back, funky, generally simple arrangements that provide a perfect backing for the Rev Green's vocal stylings. His effortless transition into falsetto sounds so easy. But it has an authentic groove that sits deep in the music. Love this record. I need to rush out and get me a copy.
man oh man is this a good record. every song is so emotional and well-sung, but How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is basically perfect. bee gees who??
What a record!
Oh, yes, the good Reverend Green...hecks YES! Absolutely love this album. If all it had on it was the title track, it would still be great. I've been getting more into 60s/70s soul, funk, and R&B, and that world of music is proving to be a genuine treasure trove of beautiful musical gems...like this album.
An enjoyable listen from start to finish. Incredible vocals and the music is stellar. Arguably some of the tracks start to feel repetitive, but it's a strong album all the way through. Would probably lean more towards 4.5 stars, but if we have to give integers, might as well go for all five :)
His soulful voice on a random Wednesday lifted my spirits. Fantastic album. Yes, Al - I want to stay together.
amazing albums, great tones.
Beautiful, soulful, smooth album by the king. Title track is a banger 24/7 365 baby!
De esos discos de los que has seguramente escuchado más de una rola y cuando las oyes todas juntas resulta que hacen un gran conjunto en un paquete de 34 minutos. Sin desperdicio. La voz y la instrumentación me encantan, y me gusta mucho que aunque todo tiene un feeling de sensualidad, no raya en lo pegostioso de Depeche Mode por ejemplo.
Hard to go wrong here.
Al green—how can you not like it
Beautiful voice, beautiful writing, beautiful music, beautiful album. Absolutely timeless. Enjoyed throughout, wouldn't give it anything but a 5/5.
One of the great soul voices. And the music is fantastic. The horns! The strings! “Let’s Stay Together” is a great song. And “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” is phenomenal — might be the best track here. I love the strings around 2:45 that imitate the wind. I’m a fan of stuff like that in music.
Very tight. Vocals are stupendous. Backing band knows what's happening. 5 of 5 for tightness
Oh god it’s so good
Lovely soul album. Although I prefer Otis Redding, who's delivery has more of a bite to it, this was still great to listen to.
Like more or less any other Al Green 70s album: five stars.
I always perceived soul as tasteless pop music of the 70s, with some highlights throughout. Beyond Marvine Gaye and Stevie Wonder who innovated what was possible with soul, there were little artists who could make something of the genre, but Al Green is the exception of an artist who could make albums of pure soul (no progressive shenanigans) and no filler. Whenever I want to chill and take a break from rock or high energy pop or electronic, Al Green is typically one of the first artists who come to my mind, and the pinnacle of his work "Let's Stay Together" hits the spot in just about every way. Everything is spot on. Highlight is Al Green's energetic and emotional voice, always pleasing to the ear and never boring, especially when he pulls off his falsetto. Huge fan of the back vocals, both Chalmers's support and the gospel-like female vocals. Horns are used sparingly but their delivery is well-received. Rhythm section ensures each song is diverse and maintains its groove, incorporating funk while staying focused and consistent. The strings and back vocals come together so well in "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." You know they did something right when you hear the song a million times and you're shocked to see it's actually 6.5 minutes long. As for the song themselves, obviously starts off strong but I usually don't get into it until the groove of the 4th song. I'm really into the next few songs, but I feel like the album should end with "How Can You Mend" but "Judy" would also working as an appropriate epilogue. I guess I just wasn't a fan of "It Ain't No Fun to Me." But really, it's a highly enjoyable and short listen, and certainly a top soul recommendation to anyone.
extremely groovy motown / soul feel, very Marvin Gaye esque. also i love his jacket on the cover where can i get that lmao 1) Absolutely loving that subtle bass on Let's Stay Together 2) Ooh the call and response on La-La for You, definitely would go on to inspire that same technique in Hip Hop / Rap 3) Nice trumpets on So You're Leaving Me 4) THE BEBOP ORGAN ON WHAT IS THIS FEELING OMG 5) Old Time Lovin' was pretty good 6) Dang that cello (?) violin?? whatever it is at the start of I've Never Found a Girl is very reminiscent of Wovoka 7) How Can You Mend a Broken Heart's harmony parts reminds me of something and I can't quite think of what it is 8) Judy is great. hehe doody 9) More horns !!!
If I had a wedding song, Let’s Stay Together would have been on a short list. He’s voice is so cool. And look at that album cover. Only criticism is I feel like the ends of all of the songs could be a bit more intentional.
I love everything about this record. His voice is amazing, al Jackson’s drumming is great, the horns are so tight and the organ is sweet. And the way it’s recorded is just so warm and beautiful. The only critique I could think of is that the lyrics maybe aren’t the most interesting but who cares!! This record vibes like no other
Amazing voice. Love the rhythm section - the grooves are so heavy. Great songs I love his performance of The Bee Gees tune.
Overall a strong album with several highlights. A lot of the deep cuts were solid, even if they are not as popular as the title track. I highly recommend this project if you are looking for some chill 70’s soul. Favorite songs: Let’s Stay Together, La-La for You, So You’re Leaving, Old Time Lovin’, It Ain’t No Fun to Me Least favorite: Judy
Really enjoyable wanted it to last longer
Great soul album. Title track is obviously the hit, but quality throughout the rest of the tracks, too.
Oh this album fucks
Not bad at all. Hip hop isn't really what I am into but I can appreciate it.
So full of soul.
Fantastic, smooth, let's stay together is great
I recognize the greatness of this album, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the other 5-stars in my collection so far. I suspect the lines between some of these is going to be inconsistent. Oh well! 4 stars.
lovely, smooth, timeless
1. Really strong, instrumentation is nice and just in general really calming. 2. Really chill guitar and synth in background. Piano really nicely combines with guitar and is good on its own. Synth and guitar remind me of the album Pacific with Hosono (first song on it I think? with the gliding up guitar/synth together). Not too fond of horns but not bad. Really loving the synth. 3. Love the bass part and tone of the bass. Guitar is nice, but not dominant. Really lets drummer shine, solid with synth too. Bass work is impressive. 4. Arpeggiated guitar and synth work is impressive. Guitar work really nice, chorus additional voices are good to hear. Love the guitar riff. *Learn this song, you'll love it* 5. Bass and guitar sound SO good. Amazing guitar work, *learn this song too*. Good jam. 6. Amazing synth, guitar, and especially bass. Really groovy. Strings are really nice. Trumpets are good. 7. Really relaxing and amazing guitar and synth. Additional singers really nice. Really nice bass tone. Love the Rhodes. 8. So strong off the start, guitar and strings beautiful. Rhodes is subtle but nice. Love it. 9. Guitar interesting and nice, tweed sound I think? Bass tone is really good and impressive. The horns are okay. Strong end to the album as a whole.
I like it. Ole' SChool. Wasn't the best album i've ever heard.
Solid vocals. Sooth and tight R&B band. This album is a classic.
Very good soul, I mean, let’s stay together is one of the best songs out there
Already saved in Spotify albums. Classic album. The title track is my fav of the album. 7.5/10
Not as good as Al Green Explores Your Mind but still nice.
I think I'm starting to get into soul.
One of my all-time favorite albums .Al Green is hopeful and soulful.
One of the best Motown albums
Loved this! So funky and of it’s time but still holds out today. Gotta love some smooth beats and horns.
Good stuff. What an amazing voice.
hell yeah, man. another great snapshot of its time - plus It Ain't No Fun to Me is a fantastic track, and a perfect way to close out this album.
wonderful album to get on a relaxing sunday.
Decent soul album
Pretty good soul? album. Very nice voice, and enjoyable to listle to.
Hit me with the horns! Overall, I like the mellow vibe and smooth grooves.
Fuck you, JF... it's a good album. C'mon, let's stay together, when the times are good or bad, happy or sad ❤️
Sensual, auténtico, puro Soul.
Smooth AF album all throughout. 8/10
Muito gostoso de ouvir!
Every song's a classic, every song's sound. Green's got a voice.
Love this. It’s impossible to sit still listening to Al Green.
not bad at all, I liked that the songs weren't super long but in this case they could've been even a bit longer
Gran disco, suena muy natural y muy Gospel. Me gusta
Title song is a classic. Good soul album. Best songs: Let's Stay Together, I've Never Found a Girl & It Ain't No Fun To Me.
Soul zoals soul moet zijn. Niet 100% m'n ding maar wel een oké album
Solid old-school soul. A classic, and one that I also like. 4/5.
I was in the mood for this today. Realized one of the main reason I like a song is whether or not I could see myself playing it for people. I would love to learn these songs and play them. Especially "It Ain't No Fun to Me" that song oozes groove and cool right from the first bass notes. And I actually felt feelings when the first horn swells of Old Time Lovin' came in. I will put this album on again and let it play in the background of my life at home.
Smooth as butter. Why have I not listened to this album before? The funky, chill rhythm just burns on every track and the horns add a great layer. This one is going in my saved bucket and may even show up on vinyl in my house. I couldn't wait for the Stones album to finish and I didn't want this one to end.
Groovy echt tierisch
Klassiker, den ich wirklich gern höre!
Loved it. Would listen again
classic smooth soul album
Smooth as fuck, and I really like how crisp the drums and guitar sound
How can you hear the opening horns for "Let's Stay Together" and not get pumped? Al Green's voice is so smooth, and my only complaint is that his vocals get buried in this mix and it's hard to understand what he's saying. Otherwise it's super groovy and mellow, perfect for Sunday Morning breakfast.
Nice vibe. Short but intence. Best songs: So you're leaving and I've never found a girl & How can you mend a broken heart
Groovy and nice
dope funky soul album Let's Stay Together: dope La-La for You: pretty cool chill song; alright So You're Leaving: good track What Is This Feeling: dope song Old Time Lovin': really good song I've Never Found a Girl: dopee How Can You Mend a Broken Heart: fine, vocal mix quality is kinda rough imo Judy: alright song It Ain't No Fun to Me: good song
Very smooth and calm songs with some funky in it, I like it, it makes you feel good and forget about your problems.
A phenomenal soul album from one of the genre's greats. Green has a great catchy, emotive vocal performance and its back by some really nice groovy, lush soul back drops. I especially enjoyed the brass used to elevate particular moments in this one.
Liked it a lot, very calm and relaxing. Have only heard one song by Al Green in the past so it was very nice to hear all of these.
exactly what you think it is album cover is badass too
It wasn't my favorite album, but it had a nice 70s groove to it. I could find myself listening to it again.
Sweet sweet lovin!
In 1999, Q magazine wrote that the album "shows him as the authentic voice of love's pain and purity on such wonders as 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?'" and that "[H]is cover of the Bee Gees' [song] took the soul ballad to new levels of artistry and refinement."
The Rev. Al Green to us common folk. Every Sunday morning in my house.
Lots of songs that eventually became samples in famous rap songs :)
Classic 70s Soul. What can go wrong.
Bastante chuloo! la primera cancion ya la concocia
Muy buen album de soul, hermosos temas.
I think Al Green was about 25 when he made this album. How does someone 25 years old write and SING this shit?
Great album, love als singing
Legendary. Let’s stay together is a top 50 American song.
Enjoyed this album more than I thought it would, it flowed well and resonated even on first listen. The mid tracks stood out - What Is this Feeling, Old Time Lovin' and I've Never Found A Girl. Left me wanting to listen to it again, incredible given it is almost 50 years old.
Tremendous album! Really enjoyed this! Chilled out, funky, soulful. It’s beautiful. The boy has pipes! Loved it! On the list to be bought!
Mmmmm buttery smooth, but it still grooves. The epitome of soul. The horns add the requisite amount of tension while the rest of the arrangements are smooth as silk. This is a great album. Did I mention how smooth it is. 4 stars
Started with al green when i started sampling back in 2015. Now im finally listening to the album that started my producer career. And its beautifull
Great soul record with an an time great title track.
I really like: Let's Stay Together So You're Leaving The rest is super chill especially La La For You Old Time Lovin How Can You Mend A Broken Heart I also like the common theme among the songs.
You can call me Al. If Cee-Lo Green is the Soul Machine then who is Al? Compared to Al, Cee-Lo Green is the Tim Meadow's character from The Lady's Man. Oh-- not familiar with The Lady's Man? Search up Netflix if you want, but the real deal is on this album right here. I'm not sure of their connection, but if they are related it must be distant. Cee-Lo isn't even in the same ballpark as Al Green. Even so, Cee-Lo Green would be the guy cooking Oscar Mayer weiners at the concession stand while Al is putting the moves on his girl. Why don't they make music like Let's Stay Together anymore? This album exists in a different era. Turn it on and be transported to a different place in time. Go ahead, dim the lights, this is the stuff of late Saturday nights. Lo-fi recordings on the slow pace are great for indulgent relaxation. Simple songs, basic riffs, some backup singers, Al's high notes and songs that fade out. Oh yeah.. let's get deep, balls deep... Cee-Lo and the ladies man can Netflix and Chill. I'll keep it simple and stick with Al. ----------- REFERENCES ----------- Cee-Lo Green as the Ladies Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4fTcRViu_Y Cee-Lo Green ... Is the Soul Machine: https://1001albumsgenerator.com/albums/0wdleLMeNmGUHChsmx9svt/cee-lo-green-is-the-soul-machine
Неплохой, спокойный Слушать, когда отдыхаешь и устал им просто на расслабленном
This album was excellent. Green’s voice is great and the whole album is terrifically soulful and an amazing listen. Nice and concise as well
7/10, lovely, very chill
Ooooooo yessssssss souuuuuuullll. Easy 4
I've only recently listened to his music other than the hit(s) and I've been underappreciating this guy for years.
Nice and smooth. Last song didn't seem to match the tone, but all good elsewhere
The general of smooth
Lovely soulful album and really enjoyed his version of 'How to mend a broken heart'. Shame he has a bad past.
Great classic soul album. The title track is enough to hook me in. This slipped into the background pretty easily, but here I mean that as a compliment because it was just nice, easy listening. That meant fewer standout tracks, but still a great listen. Favorite tracks: Let's Stay Together, La-La for You, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, It Ain't No Fun to Me. Album art: Pretty ordinary portrait photo, but Al looks like a cool guy. Nice jacket. The font is kind of insane, I like that a lot. Why is his name in drippy radioactive waste font? Only Al knows. 4/5
More grade school/ high school tunes… played all time
What a vibe!
Such a solid soul, R&B album with heavy background jazz instrumentation. Love the brass! Has a great recording of How Do You Mend a Broken Heart original to The Bee Gees. Smooth is the best way to describe Al Green’s vocals.
Classic album, well written, great vocals and musicianship.
Track 01 - 4.5/5 Track 02 - 3/5 Track 03 - 3.5/5 Track 05 - 3.75/5 Track 06 - 4/5 Track 07 - 3.75/5 Track 08 - 3/5 Track 09 - 3.5/5 Overall: 3.75/5 Album Art: 2.75/5