Call Me (Al Green album)

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Call Me
Studio album by Al Green
Released April, 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Soul[1]
Length 35:07
Label Hi Records
Producer Willie Mitchell
Al Green chronology
I'm Still In Love With You
(1972)
Call Me
(1973)
Livin' for You
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Blender 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A+[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[6]

Call Me is the sixth album by soul singer Al Green. It is widely regarded as Green's masterpiece, and has been called one of the best soul albums ever made.[7] In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 70th greatest album in any genre. Call Me was a Top 10 Billboard Pop Album, and the third #1 Soul Album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 289 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Praised for his emotive singing style, Green here incorporates country influences, covering both Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. This album contained three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "You Ought to Be with Me," "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" and "Call Me (Come Back Home)."

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Al Green, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Call Me (Come Back Home)" (Al Green, Al Jackson, Jr., Willie Mitchell) 3:03
2. "Have You Been Making Out O.K."   3:42
3. "Stand Up"   3:25
4. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams) 3:10
5. "Your Love Is Like the Morning Sun"   3:09
6. "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (Green, Teenie Hodges) 4:14
7. "Funny How Time Slips Away" (Willie Nelson) 5:33
8. "You Ought to Be with Me" (Green, Jackson Jr., Mitchell) 3:15
9. "Jesus Is Waiting"   5:36

Personnel[edit]

  • Al Green – Vocals, Producer
  • Willie Mitchell – Producer, Engineer
  • Charles Chalmers – Background Vocals, Horn Arrangements
  • Margaret Goldfarb – Assistant Producer
  • Howard Grimes – Drums
  • Jack Hale – Trombone
  • Charles Hodges – Organ, Piano
  • Leroy Hodges – Bass
  • Mabon "Teenie" Hodges – Guitar
  • Wayne Jackson – Trumpet
  • Kathy Kinslow – Assistant Producer
  • Charles Levan – Assistant Producer
  • Ed Logan – Tenor Saxophone
  • Andrew Love – Tenor Saxophone
  • The Memphis Strings – Strings
  • James Mitchell – Baritone Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
  • Bud O'Shea – Executive Producer
  • Eli Okun – Executive Producer
  • Cheryl Pawelski – Assistant Producer
  • Donna Rhodes – Background Vocals
  • Sandra Rhodes – Background Vocals
  • Archie Turner – Piano
  • Al Jackson, Jr. – Drums
  • Robert Gordon – Liner Notes

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America) – album[edit]

  • 1973 Pop Albums No. 10
  • 1973 Black Albums No. 1

Billboard (North America) – singles[edit]

  • 1972 "You Ought To Be With Me" Pop Singles No. 3
  • 1972 "You Ought To Be With Me" Black Singles No. 1
  • 1973 "Call Me (Come Back Home)" Pop Singles No. 10
  • 1973 "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" Pop Singles No. 10
  • 1973 "Call Me (Come Back Home)" Black Singles No. 2
  • 1973 "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" Black Singles No. 2

Later samples[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shapiro, Peter et al. (2003). Buckley, Peter, ed. The Rough Guide to Rock (2nd ed.). Rough Guides. p. 451. ISBN 1858284570. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 2007). "Al Green: Back Catalogue". Blender. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock, p. 451. Rough Guides. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.