Let’s Stay Together
HI 1971, CD £9.87, VINYL £15.08 You Say: “Unbelievable originals and covers.” Stephen Garcia, via e-mail Super-quick follow-up to Gets Next To You, this LP moved Green’s songwriting front and centre. In addition to the title track (his first US pop Number 1), La-La For You and Old Time Lovin’ brought sunshiney soul; So You’re Leaving sorrowed, What Is This Feeling uplifted and It Ain’t No Fun To Me was solidly grounded by the funk laid down in the Hi rhythm section engine room. Two cover versions also grab the attention. He recalibrated the Bee Gees’ How Can You Mend A Broken Heart, arguably his most complete cover ever, with great delicacy, exquisitely teasing out the heartbreak and loss in Barry and Robin Gibb’s classic. Meanwhile, from across Memphis Eddie Floyd’s I’ve Never Found A Girl also gets a weighty reworking.