Al Green: Truth N' Time: CD

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We're happy to report after repeated listening, that Al was just as much full of fire on "Truth N' Time" as he was on his more commercially successful mid and late 1970's albums. The rhythm and horn sections of Al's backing band are as tight, funky and grooving as the best of his previous Hi Records material. "Truth N Time" has the feel of a Memphis house party full of gospel, soul and some infectious disco ("Lo and Behold") thrown in for good measure (hey, it was the late 70's don't forget!). This is not the metallic in your face disco heard in the clubs but rather Al embraces the fairly new (in 1978) disco style and turns it into a sensuous, soulful, and steamy mix. Green's voice is in fine form and particularly check out his falsetto runs. "Wait Here" starts with a familiar Sly Stone-influenced rhythm riff and builds into a bluesy groove. No less than six keyboard players add rich texture to these 8 songs. Standout covers are his audacious renditions of "To Sir With Love" and "I Say A Little Prayer"; two songs traditionally covered by women. Al's gender bending and sinuous vocalizations on "To Sir With Love" reveal a heartfelt tribute to his "two" fathers, and his jumpy falsetto interpretation of the Bacharach-David standard "I Say A Little Prayer", captures the anxious exuberance of that song and it is a pleasure to hear Green sing it with such verve and energy. Green's original tune, "Truth In Time" goes back to his charting material of the early 70's with a propulsive soul rhythm, horns that bob and weave like a prize fighter and playfully intelligent lyrics to reflect on like "all we need is time." Time, as Al Green writes in the re-issue liner notes, for "a spiritual love for mankind and his creator". "King of All" gives hints at what would be Green's transition to all spiritual music. The intricacies of Green's religious philosophy are only nascent thoughts here on this concise album, but "King of All" reveals a definite Christian and Gospel oriented spiritualism. The album closes with another Green original composition, "Happy Days" that further reveals where Green was heading in his spiritual quest. It doesn't hurt that the song also harkens back to the exuberance of Sly Stone circa "Stand!" with it's funky rhythms percolating along. Green may have grown weary of singing purely secular songs by 1978, however, "Truth N' Time" is a rich musical experience that meets the high standards Green established for classy, gritty yet smooth soul that was Al's uniquely gifted musical contribution to popular music in the 1970's.

 

CONDITION: (SEE AVAILABLE OPTIONS AND PRICING)

LABEL: HI/MOTOWN RECORDS

CATALOG: 3746353172

MATRIX: DISC MFG, INC. <H> W.O. 25160-2 3746353172

YEAR: 1978

FORMAT: CD

TRACK LIST:

 

  1. BLOW ME DOWN
  2. LO AND BEHOLD
  3. WAIT HERE
  4. TO SIR WITH LOVE
  5. TRUTH N' TIME
  6. KING OF ALL
  7. SAY A LITTLE PRAYER
  8. HAPPY DAYS

 

NOTES: THIS IS THE ORIGINAL 1978 VERSION ON HI RECORDS/MOTOWN RECORD DISTRIBUTED. THIS IS NOT THE 2006 REPRESS. SOLD AS IS!!! PROMOTIONAL COPIES MAY BE/HAVE STICKERS, HOLE PUNCHED, STAMPED, CORNER OF ARTWORK CUT, SPINE NOTCHED, MISSING ARTWORK (FRONT AND/OR TRAY CARD), AND ETC. SOLD AS IS!!!