Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Al Green "Full Of Fire"

Al Green

"Full Of Fire"
( LP Hi Records, 1976 )
Catalog # HI UK LP 417

A1 Glory ,Glory 2:45
Written-By - A. Green, W. Mitchell
A2 That's The Way It Is 3:37
Written-By - A. Green
A3 Always 3:17
Written-By - A. Green, C. Hodges
A4 There's No Way 3:28
Written-By - E. Randle, W. Mitchell
A5 I'd Fly Away 4:08
Written-By - A. Green
B1 Full Of Fire 5:12
Written-By - A. Green, M. Hodges, W. Mitchell
B2 Together Again 5:15
Written-By - B. Owens
B3 Soon As I Get Home 3:25
Backing Vocals - Duncan Sisters
Written-By - A. Green, M. Allen
B4 Let It Shine 3:12
Written-By - A. Green, M. Hodges

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Strings, Horns] - James Mitchell , Willie Mitchell
Artwork By - Queens Graphics
Backing Vocals - Rhodes, Chalmers & Rhodes
Bass - Leroy Hodges
Drums, Congas, Bongos - Howard Grimes
Engineer - Willie Mitchell
Guitar - Teenie Hodges
Mastered By - Howard Craft
Organ - Charles Hodges
Photography - Norman Seeff
Piano - Archie Turner , Michael Allen
Producer - Al Green , Willie Mitchell
Saxophone [Baritone] - James Mitchell
Saxophone [Tenor] - Andrew Love , Lewis Collins
Strings - Memphis Strings, The
Trombone - Jack Hale
Trumpet - Wayne Jackson

Recorded at Royal Recording Studios,
1320 South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee 38118.

Full of Fire is the second to last '70s effort that Al Green co-produced with Willie Mitchell. While much of Green's previous work (I'm Still in Love With You, Call Me, Al Green Explores Your Mind) spotlighted Green's skill at doing songs filled with romance and longing, on Full of Fire he's more concerned with his burgeoning religious nature. Although that may seem slightly boring, the album is better structured and, as a whole, comes off even better than Al Green Is Love. The first track, "Glory, Glory," sneaks in religion so deftly that even Willie Mitchell probably didn't even get it until the track was done. One of the few romantic tracks, the sweet and old-fashioned "Always," has him coming in soft with much charm. "I'd Fly Away" and "Soon as I Get Home" both have Green fantasizing about heaven, but they're both spacey rather than morbid. The last track, the hard-edged "Let It Shine" is enlivened by Howard Grimes' patently surprising drumming. Although Green isn't always all there on Full of Fire, his co-production with Mitchell and the playing of Hi Rhythm makes this an essential offering.
By Jason Elias (AMG)

By Celo


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Ian Van Groove said...

Still burning bright here, cheers!

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