The Belle Album

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The Belle Album
Studio album by Al Green
Released December 6, 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Soul
Length 39:38
Label Hi Records
Producer Al Green
Al Green chronology
Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1977)
The Belle Album
(1977)
Truth N' Time
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 5/5 stars 2006[2]
Blender 4/5 stars 2007[3]
Robert Christgau (A)[4]
Mojo (favorable)[5]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone (favorable) 1978[6]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars 2004[7]
Spin (favorable)[8]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[9]

The Belle Album is a studio album by soul musician Al Green. It is his first album recorded without longtime producer Willie Mitchell, owner of Green's former label, Hi Records. With Mitchell and his label Green also abandoned the famed Hi Rhythm Section, which had previously played a large part in defining Green's distinctive musical style. This also marks the first instance in which Green plays lead guitar on his records.

The Belle Album is one of the last in a string of secular recordings made by Green; he had recently converted to Christianity and had been ordained as a pastor, and thereafter he began creating gospel records exclusively.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Al Green, Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, Jr.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Belle" – 4:50
  2. "Loving You" – 3:32
  3. "Feels Like Summer" – 3:42
  4. "Georgia Boy" – 7:01

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Feel Good" – 5:20
  2. "All N All" – 3:39
  3. "Chariots of Fire" – 3:50
  4. "Dream" – 7:33

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron (November 1, 2001). Review: The Belle Album. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  2. ^ Rosen, Jody (May 2, 2006). Review: The Belle Album. Blender. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 2007). Review: The Belle Album. Blender. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 30, 1978). "Consumer Guide: The Belle Album". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2011-01-03.
  5. ^ a b Product Notes – The Belle Album. Muze. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  6. ^ Marcus, Greil (February 23, 1978). Review: The Belle Album. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2011-01-03.
  7. ^ Hoard, Christian (November 2, 2004). "Review: The Belle Album". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: 345–346.
  8. ^ Staff (April 1989). "The 25 Greatest Albums of All Time". Spin: 48.
  9. ^ Larkin, Colin (March 1, 2002). "Review: In a Silent Way". Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music: 141.

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