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The Best of the Gospel Sessions

The Best of the Gospel Sessions

by Al Green Al Green
The Best of the Gospel Sessions

The Best of the Gospel Sessions

by Al Green Al Green




Al Green has sold some 20 million records, been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by BET, among other honors, and most of that has stemmed from his secular pop career and the smooth, soulful Hi Records sound he helped build with producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s. But he's also been elected to the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and if Green's fame largely rests with pop hits like "Let's Stay Together" and "Tired of Being Alone," his perceived personal calling has always been gospel, and as this well-chosen and sequenced selection of some of his best non-secular sides from the 1980s shows, he's a singer's singer no matter what the genre -- given that Green's themes have always been about the need for love and respect, exactly who he addresses the song to starts to feel like a mere detail. There's a lot to love here, from his reverent version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" to the jaunty and soothing "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (which has a backing track that eerily resembles Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," another song that has the connection between love and God as its core subject), and when one compares a track like "Higher Plane" here with Green's peak commercial work with Mitchell from the '70s, the similarities far outweigh the differences.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
Label: New Haven
UPC: 0027072809225
catalogNumber: 28092
Rank: 50538


  1. The Lord Will Make a Way
  2. None But the Righteous
  3. Higher Plane
  4. People Get Ready
  5. His Name is Jesus
  6. Morningstar
  7. Hallelujah (I Just Want To Praise the Lord)
  8. Straighten Out Your Life
  9. No Not One
  10. All We Need is a Little More Love
  11. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  12. Jesus Will Fix It
  13. Power

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Linda Jones   Background Vocals
Larry Lee   Guitar
A-Strings   Strings
Anita Ball   Background Vocals
Francine Belcher   Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati   Background Vocals
Johnny Brown   Organ,fender rhodes
Tony Brown   Keyboards
Kelli Bruce   Background Vocals
Ben Cauley   Horn
Steve Cobb   Bass,Electric Bass
Moses Dillard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Reuben Fairfax   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ray Griffin   Bass
Jack Hale   Horn
Willie Hall   Drums
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Leroy Hodges   Electric Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Jackson   Keyboards
Debbie Jamison   Background Vocals
Jimmy Kinnard   Electric Bass
Andrew Love   Horn
Edgar Matthews   Horn
Memphis Strings   Strings
Memphis Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Nashville Horn Works   Horn
Jerry Peters   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Temple Riser   Background Vocals
Michael Toles   Electric Guitar
John Toney   Drums
Gary Topper   Horn
Bob Wray   Bass
Charles Miller   Background Vocals
Andrea Blackwood   Background Vocals
Berkley Buckles   Background Vocals
Eban Kelly   Background Vocals
Paul Zaleski   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion
Larrie Londin   Drums
Perry Michael Allen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards
Angelo Earl   Guitar
Kenny Bell   Guitar
David Cousar   Guitar
Gerry Peters   Synthesizer
Debra Carter   Background Vocals
William Brown   Background Vocals
Michael Baker   Guitar,Background Vocals
David Briggs   Keyboards
Kimberly Fleming   Background Vocals
Karen Taylor   Background Vocals
Tim Dancy   Percussion,Drums
Jessie Butler   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Bobby Jones & the New Life Singers   Background Vocals
Steve Potts   Drums
Bobby Jones   Background Vocals
P. Leon Thomas   Keyboards
Michelle Omata   Background Vocals
Jeanie Grant   Background Vocals
Gerard Minnies   Electric Guitar
Candi Grant   Background Vocals
Bountiful Blessings Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Green   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Laura Lee   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Engineer
William C. Brown   Engineer
Bill Cantrell   Engineer
Moses Dillard   Composer
Jimi Randolph   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Eban Kelly   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Paul Zaleski   Producer,Engineer
Ken Harding   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Keith Burke   Composer
Jean Burleson   Composer
Sharon Michalsky   Composer
Ron Dickerson   Engineer
Fred Jordan   Engineer,String Arrangements
Billy Sherill   Engineer
Lawrence H. Lee   Composer
Errol Thomas   Producer,Engineer

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