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Call Me [Original recording remastered]

Al GreenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • ASIN: B0002ABUQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Call Me (Come Back Home)
2. Have You Been Making Out O.K.
3. Stand Up
4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
5. Your Love Is Like The Morning Sun
6. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
7. Funny How Time Slips Away
8. You Ought To Be With Me
9. Jesus Is Waiting

Editorial Reviews

Call Me is the masterpiece from America's last great soul singer, a vulnerable, sensual, spiritual, and sexy album. Sent soaring by the bluesy accents of the Memphis Horns and held to Earth by the rock-solid, wide-open groove of drummer Al Jackson, the subject here is nothing less than Green's soul, a battle expressed beautifully in his otherworldly voice--crying and praying on the title track, despairing on his cover of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," both bitter and resigned on his version of "Funny How Time Slips Away"--a voice as true as anything short of heaven. And on the closing "Jesus Is Waiting," we even get to hear that. --David Cantwell

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best LP? August 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Al Green's classic soul now newly remastered (no extra tracks) on his masterpiece "Call Me," sometimes known as "Come Back Home." His voice is sinuous, like a watersnake, and creeps up and through every obstacle like beautiful roses gilding a trellis. It breaks like the surf and it rolls on like a glacier, it can do anything he wants it to do. And he chalks up this gift to God.

Mournful, secular tunes like the heartbreaking "Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away" meld here with the desperation that finally turns to bliss in "Jesus Is Waiting," so the contradictions of the gospel/R & B blend he pioneers all get resolved during the course of one LP. Some of the tracks are slightly extended past their natural stopping point, a 70s device pioneered by Isaac Hayes and others in the Stax/Volt stable, but if you like extended trills and groans and gasps ad infinitum, you'll scream when Al Green wants you to because he is the man!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Sweet Soul Music July 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you want the definition of not just soul, but sweet soul music, look no further than Al Green. I can't even pick a favorite amongst the Hi Records recordings done with Willie Mitchell. If I was pressed to choose, I'd say Still In Love With You, Call Me, and Livin' For You. They actually sound like a continuation of one beautiful yet funky vibe.
This album could be my favorite, though. "Call Me" is a wonderful, kind of haunting song. But I think Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun personifies everything early 70s Al Green is about. It's like gospel, but without references to God; just love (unlike his later recordings, or the inspirational "Jesus is Waiting", on this album). It's simply mesmerizing. It gets inside you. And I love how the song ends with him creating verses based on previous titles ("I'm tired of being alone/I'm still in love with you/Let's stay together").
If you like Marvin Gaye, the Staples Singers, or perhaps Curtis Mayfield, buy this album. Sweet soul is not Lionel Richie or Ashford and Simpson or Peaches and Herb or Anita Baker or any of that crossover stuff. It's right here.
It's Hi Records. It's Willie Mitchell. It's Al Green. Thank you, sir, for years of listening pleasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Righteous Al September 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Al Green doesn't just sing a song, he inhabits it. He can be pleading like in the title track or in the brilliant "You Ought To Be With Me" or forceful as in "Here I Am" & "Stand Up". Being from the south, he wasn't just influenced by gospel, but country music as well. His interpretations of the country standards "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Funny How Time Slips Away" are soulful and show his incredible range. The creme-de-la-creme of the album is the closing track "Jesus Is Waiting". Mr. Green is an ordained minister and part of what makes his music so interesting is his devotion to both God & sex. "Jesus Is Waiting" is a dirge that is sung with all the sexual urgency of any of his great love songs and is just an amazing song. You can't go wrong with any of Al Green's early to mid 70's albums, but if you had to choose one, Call Me should be your first choice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth as vaseline, rich and creamy September 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, they were all residing in my cd collection when I bought this Al Green-cd on a trip to New York, a few years ago. I expected lots from it, but not that it would stand as my favourite soul-album as for today. Otis is grittier, Aretha creates more db's, marvin made superior records, but for me, they cannot make an impact such as Al Green. Nine beautiful arranged songs, dealing with such quintessential topics such as love, religion and sexuality. Nine achingly delicious chants by the true master of soft soul. I still can't believe my own exaltation when I play "Jesus is waiting" or "Here I am", or "Call Me" again. It's slick, smooth, cheesy, corny, mucky, call it what you want, but in the meantime it's also one of the most passionately felt records I ever heard: Green LIVES his songs. You want your heart broken? Let Al do it, and you'll be thankful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Green's best work March 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Al Green was the first great soul singer in the 70's. Plenty of releases until today; yet he failed to release a better album than this, with another one called "I am still in love with you". These 2 albums stand apart from all the rest of his work.
This album definitely sets the standard of what we call today Smooth Soul.
If you are new to Al Green's work, this album next to "I am still in love with you", are the ones. You will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best soul albums ever! August 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was perhaps Al Green's best album. Every song had hooks that would catch the most jaded of music listeners. I would rank this as one of the top 10 soul albums of all time. Al Green was in peak form here, before the infamous hot grits incident. A little bit of gospel, whole lotta soul and a bit of sweet gravy poured over the whole batch. Very tasty!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful November 30, 2001
By robbin
Format:Audio CD
al green is just as soothing as james taylor but just as soulful as otis redding on this one...'call me' contains the 'classics' as well as 'b' sides such as 'having you been making out okay' and 'jesus is waiting'...i really recommend this beautiful...comforting cd to nasty 'lick you up and down' stuff here...yes...the 70's did have the raunchy soul songs like today...'call me' is full of sweet,tender love songs and whether you are with someone or not these ballads are very enjoyable...the songs and al green's interpretations of the two country classics 'i'm so lonesome'and 'funny how time slips away' are not whiny and pleading...just breathtakingly feel so sorry for al green but he gets his true feelings across in this value priced gem...i cannot believe i paid so little for such great music...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything Al Green does gets a five star from me
Published 28 days ago by Brenda Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the original master
This is the original album. No fake Emile's, no over dubs, no surprises. Just the day I hoped it would be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me
Al Green at his best! I had this on LP back when it was released in 1972. Great music after all these years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven R. Krahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
For me, nothing really compares to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" album. It was the first soul/R&B album that I purchased that made me fall in love with music by... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gerald Chapa, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Call Me by Al Green
Al Green is one of my personal all time favorite R&B singers. I have never heard a song by him that I can say I did not like. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ms. Poodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Al Green's Finest studio album
For me, this was Al Green's finest studio album. I like nearly everything he recorded in the 70s, but this album comes the closest to perfection. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
1.0 out of 5 stars Not packaged in a regular cd case.
The package it came in was not a regular cd case. I like a case because it is more solid than a paper case. It doesnt have as many good songs on it as i thought it did.
Published on September 26, 2010 by texasex
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Jesus is Waiting is one of three songs that brought tears.
The others were Four Tops Still Waters Run Deep and Buddy Holly Because I Love you. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Al Green's best albums
This Al Green album was a great favorite during his heyday in the mid '70s and has two of his biggest hits, the title number and "You Ought to Be With Me". Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by New England Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) Slightly monotonous but still first-rate
Another great album, though it might not be able to match its predecessor. The songs are all good and fine - the hit title track, another one of Al's smooth orchestrated soul... Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by finulanu
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