My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Let’s Stay Together was recorded in 1971 at Royal Recording in Memphis, TN. The album was released in January of 1972.
What I think: What we’ve got here is a very succinct 34 minute album that lays out the best of Memphis and Southern Soul. Green’s vocals are cool and smooth invoking his best cross between Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. The music is hot with soaring horns, quick organ licks and lovely clean Steve Cropper brand guitar. It gets going with one of the best choruses of all time in “Let’s Stay Together” and doesn’t let up until the middle of side two were there is a bit of a stumble in “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” (of course I’m not all in for the Bee Gees song, even before I knew they wrote it. ) and even then it’s not a total loss. The album rights itself pretty well, for the final two songs ending with the amazing “It Ain’t No Fun to Me”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s everything that is wonderful about Southern Soul on one album. It’s one of those albums that make me wonder why I’ve never heard it before…. To every time there is a season.
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5
Let’s Stay Together Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (214/279)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%