Al Green: What a Wonderful Thing Love Is
From I’m Still In Love With You (Hi, 1972)

Brand Nubian: Momma
From Fire in the Hole (Baby Grande, 2004)

I’ll have a much longer Al Green post coming up in the near future, in anticipation of the 4-CD, Immortal Soul of Al Green anthology that’s coming out in September. For just a taste now, this is one of my favorite songs off of one of my favorite albums of all time – Willie Mitchell’s production has never been better: the searing strings, the lushness of it all.

Clearly, I’m not the only one who thought so since Brand Nubian take a loop off this for “Momma,” off their new album. For Brand Nubian fans of old – the new album won’t come close in consistency or quality, but it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been (yeah, this is kind of damning with faint praise, but compared to say, Puba’s last solo LP, Fire in the Hole is a marked improvement).


Soul Sides was recently invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on audioblogging for the Morning News.