Let's Stay Together (Al Green album)

Let's Stay Together is the fourth studio album by soul singer Al Green. Released in 1972, as the follow-up to his moderate success, Al Green Gets Next to You, it was recorded at Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. A commercial success, it peaked at number eight on the pop albums chart and became the first of six consecutive Green albums to peak at number one on the soul album chart, where it held the position for ten straight weeks.

Let's Stay Together
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)
StudioRoyal Recording, Memphis, Tennessee
LabelHi (SH-32070)
ProducerWillie Mitchell
Al Green chronology
Al Green Gets Next to You
Let's Stay Together
I'm Still in Love With You
Singles from Let's Stay Together
  1. "Let's Stay Together"
    Released: December 1971

Let's Stay Together is best-known for its title track, "Let's Stay Together", which became Green's signature song and his only number-one pop hit single. The third Green album produced by Willie Mitchell; Let's Stay Together marked the beginning of Green's classic period of critically acclaimed albums.

Critical reaction edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Blender     [2]
Christgau's Record GuideA−[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [4]
Pitchfork Media8.7/10[5]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[6] &      [7]

The album's appeal was widespread among critics; Rolling Stone noted, "Green's voice is something to marvel at. He can croon, shout, scat, rise to the smoothest falsetto, and throw in the funkiest growls ... Let's Stay Together is, like its predecessor, an indispensable treat."[8]

In 1999, Q magazine wrote that the album "shows him as the authentic voice of love's pain and purity on such wonders as 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?'"[9] and that "[H]is cover of the Bee Gees' [song] took the soul ballad to new levels of artistry and refinement."[10]

List rankings edit

  • Included in Q magazine's "Best Soul Albums of All Time"[9]
  • Ranked #335 in the Virgin All-Time top 1000 album list[11]
  • Ranked #608 in the Guinness top 1000 album poll (1994) and #25 in the Top 50 Soul Albums list[12]

Track listing edit

All songs written by Al Green, except where noted

Side one edit

  1. "Let's Stay Together" (Green, Al Jackson, Jr., Willie Mitchell) – 3:18
  2. "La-La for You" (Green, Mitchell) – 3:31
  3. "So You're Leaving" – 2:57
  4. "What Is This Feeling" – 3:42
  5. "Old Time Lovin'" – 3:19

Side two edit

  1. "I've Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do)" (Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell, Booker T. Jones) – 3:41
  2. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 6:22
  3. "Judy" – 3:47
  4. "It Ain't No Fun to Me" – 3:23

Reissue tracks edit

Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue

  • "Eli's Game" – 4:55
  • "Listen to Me" (Traditional) – 2:30

Personnel edit

Al Green in 1973
Drummer Al Jackson Jr.; he was also a co-writer on the song "Let's Stay Together"

Rhythm section

Horn section


Additional personnel

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Let's Stay Together at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Al Green: Back Catalogue". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ "Al Green: Let's Stay Together / I'm Still In Love With You / Greatest Hits Album Review - Pitchfork". Pitchfork.com. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ Palmer, Bob (30 March 1972). "Let's Stay Together". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ Hunter, James (11 February 2003). "Let's Stay Together (Reissue)". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Let's Stay Together". Rolling Stone. March 30, 1972. p. 50.
  9. ^ a b Q, October 1999, p.150
  10. ^ Q, October 1999, p.121
  11. ^ Colin Larkin (1998). "Top 1000 album list". Rocklistmusic.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Guinness Top 50 Soul Albums". Rocklistmusic.xo.uk.

Bibliography edit

  • Let's Stay Together album liner notes by Colin Escott. Cream / Hi Records, Inc.