Name: “Let’s Stay Together”
Artist: Al Green
Release date: 1972
Favorite track: “Let’s Stay Together”
I was so happy to add this record to my collection, solely because “Let’s Stay Together” is such an incredible song. It’s sultry, romantic and thoughtful — three adjectives that don’t often merge to describe one track.
The title track is one of my favorites to sing. It’s also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
I can’t imagine this record not existing. It’s as if Green birthed a record everyone had already heard in another life. Every song is instantly iconic because of its soulful vocals, deliberate storytelling lyrics and musicality.
In some ways, I feel as if this album laid the foundation for every love song and ballad that came after it.
“Let’s Stay Together” feels vital.
When I hear Green’s voice, I feel like the notes reach through my skin, grab my heart and squeeze it. It’s heart-wrenching — tender, yet tough.
One thing I admire about the track listing is how each song title cuts straight to the point. Today’s song titles aren’t so curt. You know what these songs are about, such as the title track, “So You’re Leaving” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”
Have a romantic issue? Pick your song — you’ll know the one.
While I admire songs such as “So You’re Leaving” and “I’ve Never Found a Girl,” “Let’s Stay Together” is still my favorite.
I’m, I’m so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you
— “Let’s Stay Together”
It surprises me how much I’m drawn to the slow-paced, somber tracks on this album. “So You’re Leaving” and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” coax patience out of me.
There is a sense of longing in that you wait for a crescendo that never happens. You start to enjoy the waiting.
So you’re leaving me today
Just because of what they say
You took their word against mine
Friends do lie some time
— “So You’re Leaving”
“So You’re Leaving” concludes with a funky rhythm.
The last two tracks, “Judy” and “It Ain’t No Fun To Me,” really bring out the blues in this album.
Green’s photo on this album cover is priceless.
I adore the leather and suede jacket and slight scowl he wears. It captures Green’s relatability and fits the frustrations featured in the record’s lyrics.
The backdrop of the wall also indicates the time period, which makes it a fun piece for your collection.
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.