In 1973, Al Green released Call Me, the album widely considered his finest. Featuring soul classics such as the title track, ‘Here I Am (Come and Take Me), and ‘You Ought To Be With Me,’ as well as covers of country hits ‘Funny How Time Slips Away’ and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ this is am excellent introduction to the range and silky smooth sound of the Reverend.
Soul isn’t my genre, so I haven’t given Call Me as many listens as it deserves, but every time I do it’s a transporting experience.
Today’s random selection is the third track from Al Green’s 1973 album Call Me. I’ll get around to 1973 in my Decades series pretty soon, and this album will definitely make an appearance.
One interesting aspect of this soul classic is that two of its nine tracks started as country tunes: Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and Willie Nelson’s ‘Funny How Time Slips Away.’
This list of Oscar snubs contains two kinds of songs — those that are paired, memorably and forever, with the films in which they appear; and those that have been so big for so long that I didn’t even know they originally showed up in a movie.
Today’s Song of the Day is an example of the latter.
For just about every band I’m featuring this week, I can name a maximum of three songs off the top of my head but after that I’m at a loss.
For Blondie, it’s ‘Call Me,’ ‘Heart of Glass’ and ‘The Tide is High.’ I’d probably recognize a couple of others if you played them for me, but I sure can’t come up with them on my own.
I’ve had an Al Green song sitting my ‘drafts’ queue for months now, and I’ve never gotten around to posting it as a Song of the Day until today because, well, I just don’t have anything to say about it.
Originally the song was ‘Here I Am (Come and Take Me)’ but it’s since been pulled down for copyright infringement. I then switched to ‘Call Me,’ the title song from the same album. Call Me is an excellent album, featuring those two soul classics as well as ‘Funny How Time Slips Away,’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and a handful of other slow burners.