Gets Next To You

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

HI 1971, CD £1.98 VINYL £33.49 You Say: “More raw-sound­ing and less pol­ished than his later LPs.” San­der Geerdink, MOJO Face­book Two years af­ter scowl­ing from the cover of 1969’s Hi de­but Green Is Blues, Al looks as flam­boy­ant and happy on the front as he sounds on the 10 tracks. Tired Of Be­ing Alone re­veals him as a song­writer of ex­cep­tional po­ten­tial, but his cov­ers point to a rare abil­ity to take a song ap­par­ently the sole prop­erty of an es­tab­lished artist and to­tally rein­vent it, cre­at­ing a new set of emo­tions through fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tions of lyric and melody. Mo­town and Stax (The Temp­ta­tions’ I Can’t Get Next To You, John­nie Tay­lor’s God Is Stand­ing By) are up­staged; his take on Fred­die Scott’s Are You Lonely For Me Baby is lovely. Hard-driv­ing orig­i­nals – I’m A Ram; You Say It; Right Now, Right Now – are slightly less suc­cess­ful, but the Hi tem­plate and sound are set.

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