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Let's Stay Together

Al Green

1972

Let's Stay Together

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.74

Votes

4337

Genres

  • Soul
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Oh yah... Such a lovely record from the Rev

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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.

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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.... :'(

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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.

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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.

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5

Kicks off with it's best track but nothing to dislike with the groove and vocal of classic Al Green

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5

Fucking loved it.

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LOVED it. Did not expect that whatsoever

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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

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5

I feel cool just listening to this. Pretty frickin' fantastic start to finish.

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Smooth from start to finish. Laid back and chilled out, but still puts you in a happy mood.

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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.

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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.)

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Wasn't my jam. Wasn't particularly bad either, just wasn't feeling this.

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Great for chill background music, but only the title track stood out as a memorable song.

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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.

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Soulful, listenable. Only one famous song.

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Simply Fantastic!

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This dude FEELS. I felt more romantic having listened to this album. Wish I'd found it sooner

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Pretty good soul music, I'm enjoying, I do think my favourite is Let's Stay Together

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Magical album. I'm a particular fan of the horns used throughout. I will be adding this to my shopping cart.

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Classic Love and Soul

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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.

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Very good

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Al Green is a favourite, and this is the album that introduced me to him. Great songs, slick and emotional vocals, timeless classic.

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Unspeakably good.

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La voz es magnífica.

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Eee

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Отличный соул!

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Ace.

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Always down for some Al Green

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really goddamn good

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Very chill.

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Enjoyed every second

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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

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Already saved

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Every song was a banger. Unreal

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Soulful

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Альбом не нашла, а вот песню - да. Идеальна для поездок по ночному городу, и в целом запоминающаяся.

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A great classic soul album

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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.

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Al Green rustles my jimmies

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Thats my man... and he is a Priest you know 😇

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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.

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The master of sweet soul music, smoothness defined.

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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.

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Solid. Grooves for days.

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Need I even say anything?

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Classic

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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.

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I can't believe I've missed out on this album until now!

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Classic!

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Awesom and very cool

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Uma agradável surpresa. Só conhecia duas músicas, mas gostei de todas.

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dope 10/10

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Unmistakable from the first few notes! Classics!

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5

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?

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It's bopping, it's hopping, it's KTOWN BANGIN' Got some real classic songs on there baby

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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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tri massa o sonzao pra curtir numa boa

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What a great album, among the best of this era. 5 🌟

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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.

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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!

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Wantlist

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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

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Now that's an awesome album.

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I love it since the first song..actually, especially because of the first song

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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.

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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.

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Wanting less than 3 stars is incorrect, and you should try harder on your next listen.

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A perfect album.

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Remember when Obama sang that song

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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.

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Groovy and smooth, easy listen

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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.

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I like it

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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.

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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??

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Great soul album. Title track is obviously the hit, but quality throughout the rest of the tracks, too.

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Classic

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Oh this album fucks

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Not bad at all. Hip hop isn't really what I am into but I can appreciate it.

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So full of soul.

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Fantastic, smooth, let's stay together is great

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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.

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Solid!

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lovely, smooth, timeless

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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.

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I like it. Ole' SChool. Wasn't the best album i've ever heard.

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Amazing

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Solid vocals. Sooth and tight R&B band. This album is a classic.

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Very good soul, I mean, let’s stay together is one of the best songs out there

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Already saved in Spotify albums. Classic album. The title track is my fav of the album. 7.5/10

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Not as good as Al Green Explores Your Mind but still nice.

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I think I'm starting to get into soul.

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One of my all-time favorite albums .Al Green is hopeful and soulful.

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One of the best Motown albums

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Bra soul

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Loved this! So funky and of it’s time but still holds out today. Gotta love some smooth beats and horns.

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Fucking classic

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Good stuff. What an amazing voice.

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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.

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wonderful album to get on a relaxing sunday.

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Decent soul album

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Pretty good soul? album. Very nice voice, and enjoyable to listle to.

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Así nomas

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Hit me with the horns! Overall, I like the mellow vibe and smooth grooves.

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Fuck you, JF... it's a good album. C'mon, let's stay together, when the times are good or bad, happy or sad ❤️

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Sensual, auténtico, puro Soul.

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Smooth AF album all throughout. 8/10

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Muito gostoso de ouvir!

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Every song's a classic, every song's sound. Green's got a voice.

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Love this. It’s impossible to sit still listening to Al Green.

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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

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Gran disco, suena muy natural y muy Gospel. Me gusta

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Enjoyed

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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.

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Soul zoals soul moet zijn. Niet 100% m'n ding maar wel een oké album

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Solid old-school soul. A classic, and one that I also like. 4/5.

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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.

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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.

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Groovy echt tierisch

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Klassiker, den ich wirklich gern höre!

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Loved it. Would listen again

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classic smooth soul album

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Timeless

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Smooth as fuck, and I really like how crisp the drums and guitar sound

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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.

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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

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Smooth listening.

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Groovy and nice

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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

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Very smooth and calm songs with some funky in it, I like it, it makes you feel good and forget about your problems.

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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.

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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.

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exactly what you think it is album cover is badass too

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It wasn't my favorite album, but it had a nice 70s groove to it. I could find myself listening to it again.

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Sweet sweet lovin!

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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."

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The Rev. Al Green to us common folk. Every Sunday morning in my house.

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Lots of songs that eventually became samples in famous rap songs :)

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Classic 70s Soul. What can go wrong.

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Bastante chuloo! la primera cancion ya la concocia

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Muy buen album de soul, hermosos temas.

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I think Al Green was about 25 when he made this album. How does someone 25 years old write and SING this shit?

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Great album, love als singing

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Legendary. Let’s stay together is a top 50 American song.

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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.

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Simply beautiful

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Tremendous album! Really enjoyed this! Chilled out, funky, soulful. It’s beautiful. The boy has pipes! Loved it! On the list to be bought!

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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

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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

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Great soul record with an an time great title track.

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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.

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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

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Неплохой, спокойный Слушать, когда отдыхаешь и устал им просто на расслабленном

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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

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7/10, lovely, very chill

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Ooooooo yessssssss souuuuuuullll. Easy 4

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I've only recently listened to his music other than the hit(s) and I've been underappreciating this guy for years.

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4

Great album.

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Nice and smooth. Last song didn't seem to match the tone, but all good elsewhere

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Loved this

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The general of smooth

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Lovely soulful album and really enjoyed his version of 'How to mend a broken heart'. Shame he has a bad past.

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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

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More grade school/ high school tunes… played all time

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Good Album

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What a vibe!

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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.

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Classic album, well written, great vocals and musicianship.

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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

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Easy Listening

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His vocal range and ability to jump around is seriously impressive. The instrumentation does a lot to compliment it too. Soul isn't my area of expertise but I dig this.

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Pure and beautiful - what is not to like?

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Feels very golden oldies, good to listen to.

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Pretty classic

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superrrr funky and cool. enjoyed

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Warm and comfy, perfect balance of background singers and main vocals. Really enjoyed listening to it.

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Classic soul record with a unique voice! Side A is absolutely brilliant while Side B weakens slightly, but still great. Fav tracks: Let's Stay Together, La-La For You, So You're Leaving

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12/10/2021 Today's Album: "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green - Coming directly off of listening to that terrible Tom Waits album, this album sounds like a hug. The production is already so warm and welcoming, with a booming groovy bassline and Al's subtle vocals. This beginning song is a very laid back and peaceful love song. This second song picks things up with a swinging back beat and these smooth piano lines. The production on the drums particularly is so good but everything sounds immaculate. The horns are a really nice part of this song. It almost feels like an end of movie song, like the task is completed and the heroes are happy.This song has a similar vibe to the others, but its a distinctly different feel and the hooks are completely different. Ooh that horn line in What is This Feeling is so nice. I love the groove of this song and the soft organ in the background is so nice. I like the swelling horns as well. I think the song structure is getting boring for me, but I think each of these tracks individually are great. Old Time Lovin' is a nice soft love song. It's like an instrumental that could have been done by the late Beatles with Al just being all horny over top of it lmao. I've Never Found a Girl is a nice track. I feel like these instrumentals get me really hyped up for the vocals and the vocals are always underwhelming, but I feel like it somehow works well all together. I just think I'm expecting a bit more nuance in the lyricism. The instrumentals are fantastic, though. There's a great horn solo in this song and I think it really works since Al isn't really singing much. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart has a way more straightforward song structure and I think it makes it a really nice song. Judy is sort of the same thing Al has been doing this whole album and It Ain't No Fun to me is a nice closer with a soft fade out. Overall this album is ok. Score: 7/10 Fairly good Highlights: La-La for You, What Is This Feeling, I've Never Found a Girl

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The album-titled first track of Let's Stay Together is the best track by far but overall a great album from the incomparable Al Green.

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Che voce e che groove! Direi che 'Let's stay together' sia la migliore, ma anche le successive colpiscono, tramite la voce calda e emozionante. Molto sexy tutto quanto. Colpisce particolarmente 'I've never found a girl'. 'How can you mend a broken heart' introduce una nota più malinconica e lenta e suggella un ottimo album. Molto piacevole, per occasioni speciali.

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Had this album on repeat all day. So smooth. Best track: Let's Stay Together

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Great old school RnB. Wonderful voice

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A fun listen. 8/10

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8/10.

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Mostly lived up to the lead single. 8/10

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Good

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Genre: Southern Soul 4/5 Al Green. One of music’s best falsettos and a perennial favorite among all ages. His sound and production was of the times, but it was his voice, calm, soothing, and soaring with enough emotion to make anybody feel, set him apart from the rest of the Soul artists at the time. The title track is one of his biggest hits and is a true gem, but the 6-minute How Can You Mend a Broken Heart is a knockout. No skips on this one, even those that are a bit more color-by-numbers. But it’s all good. It’s Al Green, man.

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Classic album, surprisingly short. A good mix of upbeat funky songs with slow melodic love songs. Lots of involvement from intsruments like the organ and strings.

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Intimate

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Funky, sexy, could listen all damn day Judy!

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Delicious. Smooth and with a Soul texture that can only be one man - an easy listening classic with more than a few stand outs.

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Loved it! Some great bangers on there I'm happy to hear again and some new ones. Ultimate feel good

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The forward influence is clear, even for those who don’t where this falls in pantheon of classic R&B. Band is tight -- a Platonic ideal as much as a point in time. Green's vocal quality seems more distinctive and extremely versatile than all-timey, perhaps too effortfully here and there.

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Beautiful, warm, sunshine soul that is extremely romantic and heartfelt. I love all the orchestral string work on this album, and Al Green's vocals are full of character. It's a joyous album centred on love

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First at all, let me address the elephant in the room, I cannot but remember that Pulp Fiction scene between Butch and Marcelus Wallace while listening to the first track. The rest of the album flows perfectly, it’s quite an experience definitely. Really set me in a good mood.

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De grandes chansons, enregistrées avec tact par un groupe dont on sent bien la présence enthousiaste. Je mets 4 étoiles parce que l’album est un peu inégal, mais c’est toujours un régal.

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Green has a cultured, effeminate way of establishing himself as a sex symbol, but also superior vocal skills. (7/10) FT: Let’s Stay Together, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

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Probably my favourite soul album so far. The music has a lightness of touch that feels so chilled and organic. Old Time Lovin’… *swoon*

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Classic R&B! Love it.

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The title track is one of my favorite love songs, always reminds me of Marcellus Wallace and Butch making a deal. Other than that, great tunes for a dinner party! Highlights: Let's Stay Together, La-la for you, I've never found a girl.

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Totes classic

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Heerlijk album met enorm fijne stem

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Dayum, Reverend Al. Al Green's voice is instantly recognizable and iconic. Let's Stay Together is an amazing song kicking off an amazing album. The Memphis 70s sound is so prevalent on here. The album includes the Reverend's cover of the Bee Gee's 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart' which, may be better than the original, it's very close. How many cover songs can do that? 4/5.

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Good chill soul album. Liked it.

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At first I only recognized and fully listened to the title track since that’s the popular one, but the rest of the album is really great soul music too. At first I only had it on in the background but relistening to it in the car alone made it much better

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Love al green!

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A nice start to the week.

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‘Let’s Stay Together’ is that perfect balance of ballads and RnB funk grooves, effortlessly shifting between tempos without missing a beat. It’s full of tight musicianship and Al Green has a serious singing voice, full of emotion and range. It’s just a super solid soul album all round.

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Lovely. Shit cover though.

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Smooth and soulful.

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Hugely iconic soul, one of these albums where it’s hard to credit so many classic songs cheek to jowl. Green’s biography suggests a pretty problematical individual, but it seems I’ve decided to put such considerations to the side for this project.

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A really smooth, breezy, yet groovy soul album. 'Lets Stay Together' is instantly recognizable, 'La La For You' has some nice chord changes but a lot of the songs are fairly average. I like the production which is quite bottom heavy (at times you can barely hear the guitars) focusing on the mellow grooves and brass. Of course Green's vocals are superb throughout, bumping up the overall quality a notch or two. It's likeable and l can totally appreciate it's classic album status.

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God we've had some bangers recently. This is just the epitome of cool, every song is so chill and beautiful, and Al's voice is amazing. Title track and the BeeGees cover steal the show, the rest is solid if not as great

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Soul heaven! I bopped my head throughout, and I’ve got two of those songs on steady replay.

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Klasik. Kvalitetan je album. Mozda si ga ne bi ovak pustila ali ga cijenim

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Obviously a very funky record, but also mellows you out like a deflated marshmallow. It's sweet on the ears and loud when it wants to be too. I think the only criticism I can give is that the album cover is really bad. That awful wall texture and generic drippy text do not match the music at all.

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Smooth, soulful, and sexy.

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4/5. Al is king. Great stuff.

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Leuk

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I can recognize greatness, even if it's not for me.

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Cool and chill

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Great album, chilled morning misoc

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Solid 4/5

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nice

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I saw Al Green at a free concert in the Sydney Domain in January 2010. After being told the place was full & being turned away, I crawled under a rope partition & ran into the crowd. I was not gonna miss Reverand Al. And he delivered. I reckon the majority of the crowd had been introduced to Al Green by the inclusion of this album’s title track in Tarentino’s Pulp Fiction. In the wake of that I saw him perform the song on Letterman in early 1995. He was outstanding - so relaxed, laid back & in the groove that he & producer Willie Mitchell had created decades earlier. His sound is unique. This album is not full of hit singles but it flows. It immerses the listener. The oddity on the record is his cover of The Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (the only time I saw them was not far from the Domain, also outdoors in the old Showground in January 1972). This song had toppedgthe American charts in 1970. What Green does with the track on this album is remarkable. He totally slows it down and he makes it his own. I really liked the original, but Al gives it soul & takes it to a whole new emotional level. My copy of this LP is on Motown, who distributed Hi Records back-catalogue in the 80’s. Hardly surprising. It’s a great listen.

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Cute, chill good vibes

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Sydän sulaa kun kuuntelee tätä kultaista ääntä veistelemässä rakkaudesta. 3.5, mut annetaan nyt 4

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I know this is classic, but it failed to grab me.

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Pretty good. Superchill. Closer to a 3.5 though

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Very 70's! Loved it

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1972. Key Songs: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Let's Stay Together

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I enjoyed this. A few songs were standouts, but overall it was pleasant. 3.5

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Soulful and sensual. Pleasant, but not really my everyday jam. Love the lush instruments, and Green's voice is wonderful. Favorite tracks: "It Ain't No Fun to Me", "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"

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Lækker, afslappende 70’er soul, gospel-inspireret

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Great album, not for me though.

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Really fun album good stuff nice to hear more than just the title track.

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Meh

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Smooth, relax, definitely something I can listen with a petite.

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Perfect dinner at home vibes

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Some classics

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La la for you is my favorite song on the album, I really like the genre and will explore it further.

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Pretty chill

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In general, this is my kind of thing, I love this style of music. This album was less upbeat than I like it, though, so not my favorite. I will hunt down some more Al Green, though.

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Cool but a bit slow for my taste

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Listenable. Banger title track. Not going to dial it up every day.

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Soul, trumpeter. Nice bas i I've never found a girl. 6/10.

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A fine, groovy, and soulful album.

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It's ok ╮(. ❛ ᴗ ❛.)╭

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Stands the test of time. Strong horns supporting the vocals.

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so good...

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Couple of great songs, good album overall, but not great start to finish.

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I znowu czarny album, tym razem klasyka soula, chociaz nie jestem fanem gatunku, to jednak dosc charakterystyczne nazwisko wokalisty zapada w pamiec, tak samo jak jego wokal, bo to wlasnie on jest czyms co go wyroznia, a moze inaczej to wlasnie Green byl jednym z pionierow smooth soula i to jego wokal nakreslil standardy jak maja spiewac inni, wiec wokal potrafi przechodzic od gladkiego szeptania, do ostrego wycia, co najlepiej oddaje kawalek old time lovin, wazne jest takze to w jaki sposob instrumentale kieruja sie za wokalem, a nie jak zazwyczaj ze wokal dostosowuje sie do instrumentali, a te sa bogate, sekcja rytmiczna drumy razy dwa, basik, organy gitarki, a do tego dochodzi sekcja instrumetow detych, trebacze, puzony i w co tam jeszcze mozna dmuchac, a do tego dochodzi chorek, ktory w klasycznym rokowym materiale bylby overdubem, a tutaj jest to zywa interakcja z wokalista, chociaz tematycznie bardzo soulowo czyli milosc, milosc smutna, milosc radosna, to slucha sie tego przyjemnie, a sam material to tylko 34 minuty, na plejaka tytulowy opening lets stay together oraz how can you mend a broken heart

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nice rhythm but the music is to jazzy

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This had some classic hits on it, I was into the whole vibe.

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Wel mooi.

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Goeie vibe!

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Fijne muziek en toffe stem. Openingsnummer herkende ik wel, maar ik vond het overige werk ook prima te pruimen.

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Smooth!

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He has such a calming smooth voice, it's very relaxing. I wish there were more stand out songs on this album than just the title track though. That voice could have done so much more.

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Paar leuke, opgewekte nummers.

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3.5/5 i'll have to relisten to judge.

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Ganz okayer Funk + Soul, anscheinend auch ein Klassiker. Hab ich so nebenbei weggehört, musste aber nur selten aufhorchen.

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3/5

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Хороший звук, но нудятина

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Mellow thoughtful lyrics, music that accompanies rather than overwhelm. What you played when you were with your best chick

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Good, felt kinda average

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Pretty good soul music, would listen again if I was in the right mood for it.

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A good soul album. One really well known song.

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What is this feeling

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If I ever feel the warm embrace of a woman again this is what I would listen to

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I liked the brass but none of the songs really stood out to me. Had a nice general groove though

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Decent album! I would listen to it again.

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i didn't hate it

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Very good

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Pretty smooth stuff. Opening track is a classic.

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It's fine. Al Green is smooth. But nothing makes a lasting impression past "Let's Stay Together."

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-perfectly pleasant, but nothing memorable

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Very chill, might need more listening

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Al right

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This is what SOUL should feel like. Baby making music right here. Opens strong - kinda fades as it goes but never overstays its welcome Fav tracks: “Let’s Stay Together” “So You’re Leaving”

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Really fun album to listen to in the morning. Helped get my day started and I know I've heard Let's Stay Together before because it was instantly recognizable. This week, however, felt like album after album of just ok albums that didn't really do anything for me save for a few fun songs. This one is part of that group, a good album that I probably won't listen to again. I'm sorry Al, we probably won't stay together.

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A very short album at ~30 minutes. I listened on repeat for several hours but still feel like I didn't hear the songs. Very background-friendly.

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Average enjoyment

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First half is great, amazing grooves and great vocals. Gets slower and less interesting as the album progresses.

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Sweet sounding record.

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A fun listen...he's got a great voice. Definitely feel-good music!

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A little dated for me, I could appreciate the musicianship and it's place in history but not quite my jam.

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Was ok, not really my genre

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Ganz chillig, bisschen aufgesetzt

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Chill stuff

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Titillagið er vitaskuld æði og hitt er gott og ljúft grúv. Ekkert brjálæðislega eftirminnilegt samt, svona við fyrstu hlustun.

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Good soul album, he's not Marvin Gaye but he's good. I didn't know 'It ain’t no fun to me', catching and goog rhythm song.

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3 1/2

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Not bad

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okay for me...understand its impact at the time.

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Great voice, first song is the highlight. Good soul album.

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Thought I was going to absolutely love this one because "Let's Stay Together" (the song) is one of my all-time faves. But that was really the only standout song on the album for me. The other songs were just meh. Giving this one a 3 purely due to that song.

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Romantic sexy good vibes 3/5

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Una buena voz, para un género muy de los 70. Música negra bien acompañada

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not very memmy sorry :(

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I didn't find anything special about this album. It's nice and chill, but nothing more than that.

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Bit disappointing.

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Beautiful but a little slow

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Such a smooth voice, and yet seemingly such a cunt. Anyway, as a fan of rap, i separate the music from the person. This one is a bit too smooth.

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Cet album n'avait aucun intérêt particulier, si ce n'est de confirmer la théorie selon laquelle pochette ignoble = mauvais album. Le seul album dérogeant à cette règle étant bien évidemment le superbe Comme une étoile de Gilbert Montagné.

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Cet album est extrêmement sympathique mais ne parviendra jamais à créer la même tension sexuelle qui inonde ceux de Marvin Gaye. Bien tenté.

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Nice. Obviously *Pulp Fiction* has done a great job getting audiences acquainted with the 70s soul gem that gives this album its title. And I can't say the rest of the record was an unpleasant listen (half of those tracks are nicely done, there's no arguing about that). On the other hand, I'm a bit skeptical whether this album as a whole can be classified as an "essential listen", especially compared with masterworks from Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding or Stevie Wonder. Maybe this was a bad day for me to dive into a soul album, but frankly, I'm not sure what separates those tracks from Barry White stuff sometimes (apart from their diametrically opposed voices, that goes without saying). I leave this as a question mark here. Maybe with a little more time on my hands, I'll get more attuned to the subtleties of this album, who knows? Number of essential listens : more than a third so far, I've temporarily lost count here... Albums I *might* include in my final list: a quarter so far (including this one) Albums I certainly won't include in my final list: more than a third so far.

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Pretty good soul stuff!

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The title track was the only familiar song for me from this album. It was good to hear a full album from Al Green. "I've Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do)” and "La-La for You” grabbed my attention. Overall the album was okay.

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Под работу и Солнце на улице этот альбом замечательно подходит.

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Fine, but a bit dull. Gentle, smooth listening with a bit of soul, a couple of stand out songs that elevate it to a 3, but mostly background music really.

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detta va ikkje så verst egentlig

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This is the kind of stuff that if I hear one song in a movie soundtrack I go - that sounds great. A whole album of it doesn't work as well.

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I had never heard this whole thing before and was a little bit disappointed. Title track is incredible of course, but there weren't any other great ones. Nothing bad either, fine to have in the background, but probably not something I'd return to.

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oh man this album. definitely 3.

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Classic voice. Some really good songs. 3/5.

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Great album, a couple of real classic songs on here.

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I'm not the biggest Soul/R&B-fan, but this is quite nice. Standout: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart. 3/5

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Although I knew of "Let's Stay Together" before, I can't ignore the influence that the Pulp Fiction soundtrack added to my late teens. Yup 90s nostalgia of a 70s tune! No other standout tracks on the rest of the album, but still enjoyable contemplative easy listening.

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I was hoping a lot more for this album given how good Al Green is for a singer. It just never soared when I thought it could. 3.5/5

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Pleasant enough with the classic soul sound. One absolute solid gold hit, but others are good, just not stand out.

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Great voice of course, but I do feel he's let down by some of the material.

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Very competent. High 3.

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One great song on an ok album.

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I love the song “Let’s stay together. The rest are fine. 7/10

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This is perfectly good music. It's just not anything I'd listen to all that often... BTW - I had no idea Al Green was still alive.

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barry white vibes, gostosinho

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This is pretty bland. It's not awful, but even at half an hour (including two covers) it's too long. 2/5.

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Głos jego mi się nie podoba ://

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Empezó bien pero para durar media hora aburrió muy pronto.

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No enganchó.

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one song is enough

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Мне такое впринцпе неособо нравится

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One good song (because it was in Pulp Fiction), the rest - boring

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As with some of the others, excellent vocalist and I like the music accompaniment. However, the genre just doesn't do it for me.

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This soul album from the 70's is Al Green's fourth. It is critically acclaimed for the beautiful soul music and Al Green's smooth lyrics & golden voice. I enjoyed this album, but it's not something I would listen to normally.

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I like the title track quite a lot. The rest I am completely indifferent to…meh.

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escrevi 500 vezes isso, o site fica apagando. o álbum é okay, muito meloso de amor. a primeira música é okay, a voz do al é brincalhona, tem coro, saxofone come solto no coro. próximo

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How can you mend a broken ❤️‍🩹? You listen to Al Green . He did a great job creating life long love songs. He got better with age, like a fine 🍷

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I only knew the first, homonymous song of the album, from Tarantino's classic "Pulp Fiction". Apart from that, the album was chill, but not worth any more words from me.

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No doubting Al's got a great voice and the opener is a great track. Otherwise all a bit soul-by-numbers for me.

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Heureusement qu'il y a Let's stay together, sinon c'est juste un album de soul qui s'écoute en background

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All of the songs sort of blend into each other. The second a song ends and another begins I've already forgotten what it sounds like. Nice background noise, not much else

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Kjedelig

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I love Al but I didn't love this.

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Just not my style.

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Sometimes I can't sleep at night. I think I might have found a solution to my problem.

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nah

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Some fun guitar stuff going on but not my style of music

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