Today is Al Green’s birthday.
Al’s made some really great albums over the years, but if there’s a perfect one in there, it has to be Call Me. Soul music, gospel music…whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t get much better. His version of “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away?” is one of the best cover songs of all time. Just the sound of the album (and the others he was making in the early 1970s) is something special. The drums have this unique, soft, thick saturation to them. The words always sound like they’re being sung right into your ear. Nothing else sounds like that.
I’m not really a religious dude. But if there’s a heaven, and you go there, and you end up in a little white church, and Al Green isn’t the Reverend, something is very wrong.