Beno wrote:Seeing he post about Al Green's albums above made me think of this.
Four albums on 2 CDs for £9.99 from Amazon. A lot of people on here will probably have them but I haven't and I'm sorely tempted. I assume at least three of the four albums are excellent?
Indeed they are, and because they're largely chronological (Gets Next To You , Let's Stay Together and I'm Still in Love With You), you can trace some sort of development of the Hi/Willie Mitchell sound. Or at least I think so, the sketches become increasingly richer, more wideranging and anticipate Call Me. That said, all three are equally excellent for different reasons (Gets Next to You is very playful, whereas I'm Still in Love with You has an incredible boduir ambience thing going on), and worth hearing.
The Belle Album is also very good, albeit his most intensely involved, perhaps even autobiographical (?) work- a real mix of the secular and sacred. Incidentally, your post on the Motown 3-Disc "Anthology" inspired me to pick it up, and it's one of the best older things I've bought this year.