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"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul

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#1033: ann peebles - i can’t stand the rain (live in studio)

you may know the world’s best song about precipitation from lowell george’s cover during his late bathrobe-and-drugs-and-overalls phase — or because timbaland and hype williams turned a few seconds of its opening into the finest hour for missy elliott in trash bags through a fish eye lens. but the stickiest version of i can’t stand the rain is the original that co-writter ann peebles recorded in memphis with al green’s producer and his band in the early 1970s, a song so sweaty and sad and saturated that she named her album after it. it’s music with tension and life! and yet here’s a version that i like even more — recorded years later, with just her husband on a wurlitzer electric piano, the drummer howard “bulldog” grimes playing with just a few flicks of the wrist, and someone smart enough to barely play electric guitar. it’s ferocious music for ferocious times. 

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#1010: aretha franklin - do right woman do right man (merv griffin show, 1967)

more soul than immanuel kant, more soul than socrates pointing up high on his death bed in david’s painting, more sole than the bottom of the north sea, more sole than imelda marcos’ shoe closet, more soul than al or sam or otis and james. the peak of american culture? the peak of the color green! the peak of hula hoop decor. the peak of music—and video.

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#647: al green - tired of being alone (1971, soul train)

what’s out today? let me tell you: three dvds with five hours of soul train, one of the great institutions in american pop culture, hosted by don cornelius, the best-named man in show business. and as if that weren’t enough, there’s over three hours that time-life home entertainment is promising to be “fabulous bonus material.” but if it’s this video of blue al green looped over and over i’ll be satisfied.

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the reverend green in white with the blues.

the reverend green in white with the blues.

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#584: al green - love and happiness (live, 1974)

this one goes out to patti garin lee abelson and danny maurice “please don’t ever let anyone know my middle name is maurice” abelson. on this most wonderful day, let us please remember the reverend al green’s words: “love is, wait a minute, love is walking together, talking together, say it again, say it together.”

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Al Green - Here I Am
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#326: al green - here i am (come and take me) (1974)

mighty al green can melt your eyes into useless little puddles of putty with one arm literally tied behind his back. all he needs are a pair of yellow slacks, a vest, a horn section with the depth of kierkegaard, and some roses to fling around. his near-scream sly stone freak-out at the end has the highest wallop-per-dollop ratio that national television could allow during the gerald ford administration.

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i don’t know who kristy foom is, but i wish i did. then i could buy or at least steal this from her.

i don’t know who kristy foom is, but i wish i did. then i could buy or at least steal this from her.

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#28: cat power - the greatest (2006)

this is from the same bbc show as the clip below (later with jools holland), so why does cat power’s band sound even holier? it’s because she was playing with the reverend al green's band—the reverend motherfucking al goddman green!

i don’t know what “secure the grounds for the later parade” means, but when she sings it i want to beat the soil and gnash my teeth.

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good cover #5: al green is so in love with you, whatever you want to do is alright with him. cause you make him feel so brand new, and he wants to spend his life with you!

good cover #5: al green is so in love with you, whatever you want to do is alright with him. cause you make him feel so brand new, and he wants to spend his life with you!

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#18: al green - jesus is waiting (1974)

today is super bowl sunday, which means everyone is watching football instead of remembering that it’s lord’s day. but what the world needs now is less pork rinds and more prayer! or at least religious al green videos from soul train.

back in 1974, the feather-falsetto soul singer al green was famously about to take a shower when a woman named mary woodson poured boiling grits on him, which led him to a religious revelation: he became the reverend al green in 1976.

but even before that incident, the man had clearly been touched by the holy spirit. here on soul train in ‘74, he makes christianity (which, let’s face it, isn’t the most immediately moving of the major religions) into a soulful extravaganza. and by the end of the relatively quiet song, his memphis band gets almost as heart-shattering as otis redding’s.

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