Back Up Train

Back Up Train is Al Green's debut album, released by Hot Line Records, a label formed by Palmer James and Curtis Rodgers, high school friends of Al Green's. This album was released prior to signing with Hi Records and still lists his name as "Greene" (the actual correct spelling of his name).

Back Up Train
Al Green - Back Up Train (album cover).jpg
Original 1967 vinyl edition
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 1967 (1967-03-21)
LabelHot Line Music Journal
ProducerCurtis Rodgers, Palmer E. James
Al Greene chronology
Back Up Train
Green Is Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The album has been reissued, first in 1972 on Bell Records 6076 as Al Green (and a release of "Guilty" as a single, which became a Top 30 R&B hit), then in 1999 on Arista 7822-19097-2 as Al Green Master Hits. In 2005, with Sony's acquisition of the BMG/Arista catalog, it was issued again on Legacy 82876-69548-2 as Back Up Train with the original artwork from 1967.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Back Up Train" (Curtis Rodgers, Palmer E. James) - 2:19
  2. "Hot Wire" (Palmer E. James) - 2:55
  3. "Stop and Check Myself" (Al Green) - 1:41
  4. "Let Me Help You" (Palmer E. James) - 1:47
  5. "I’m Reachin’ Out" (Tiny Watkins) - 2:43
  6. "Don’t Hurt Me No More" (Curtis Rodgers, Palmer E. James) - 2:16
  7. "Don’t Leave Me" (Palmer E. James) - 2:17
  8. "I’ll Be Good to You" (Tiny Watkins) - 2:13
  9. "Guilty" (Robert Earl Williams) - 2:56
  10. "That’s All It Takes (Lady)" (Curtis Rodgers) - 2:19
  11. "Get Yourself Together" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 2:25
  12. "What’s It All About" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 1:54
  13. "A Lover's Hideaway" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 2:36