"Shut up, Al Green"
The incomparable Al Green turned 60 last Thursday (April 13), and if I had been up-to-date on my Page-A-Day calendar, I would have posted this then. But, alas, I am always a few days behind.
The occasion gives me an excuse to post up my absolute favorite Al Green recording. It's a cover of The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," available on the 2003 compilation Soul Tribute To The Beatles. It is magnificent in its stylish, loose soul groove, and #1 in my book for several reasons:
#1 song to get that "unh" dancing action goin' on in your living room to
#1 use of syncopation (check around 0:52)
#1 song to start a mixtape with
#1 studio banter at the beginning of the track
("We got the FEELIN' now!" "-Shut up, Al Green.")
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" - Al Green