Letís Stay Together (12/4/71) #1 US, #7 UK, #1 RB, #36 AC. Sales: Ĺ million. Airplay: 2 million
Letís Stay Together
ďPrior to this album, Al Green never had a number one song. The title track, Letís Stay Together, achieved that status and held it for nine consecutive weeks [on the R&B chart]. Greenís ingenuity produced one of the all-time classics, which has the bounce of a dance cut and the passion of a ballad. The dynamic soul singerís whispers, animated cries, and riffing enhance his already stirring deliveryĒ (Lytle).
ďThis album was sold on the strength of the title track as there were no other selections to grace the Billboard charts. However, this album includes the timeless gem How Can You Mend a Broken Heart [originally a hit by the Bee Gees] and lesser-known beauties like the exulting Judy, the cookiní testimonial I Never Found a Girl, and the soothing blues effort It Ainít No Fun to Me. The Arkansas native and his creative partner Willie Mitchell season these selections with lucid rhythm arrangements complemented by the faint strums of a guitar and brawn, unchiding hornsĒ (Lytle).