Al Green: Call Me (And Much Hilarity Will Ensue)

Deep in (possibly crazy) thought.

Interviewing Al Green is always an adventure. You just never know where things might go during the course of the conversation with the man.

When we did this interview, for instance, he became fixated on my last name.

As we discussed producer Ahmir Thompson's belief that the new "Lay It Down" is the true follow-up to 1977's "The Belle Album," and what that might say about some of the great Al Green gospel albums, the reverend said: "I think maybe he's answering from a standpoint of: 'As far as I''m concerned...' And his concern is warranted. But I saw some of the live shows in Tokyo and Seoul, Korea, when he" - meaning Al Green - "was doing these gospel tunes, and I'm just now getting a chance to see them, and it's like: du Lac, du Lac, du Lac! Come on man, I do lack it!"

Or did he say "I do like it"? Still not sure.

Anyway, published words don't always do Al Green justice. Sometimes, you just have to hear him to fully appreciate/be amused by him.

So, for your listening pleasure, here is the audio version of his response to my question about working with a hip-hop producer - and why it had taken so long for him to do that given that he's been listening to rap for two decades, back to the days of Run-D.M.C.

It's worth downloading if you've ever wanted to hear Al Green doing a freestyle rap. Or even if you haven't. Like I said, always an adventure.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  May 27, 2008; 9:22 AM ET Interviews
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That's BRILLIANT. Completely makes up for the tiny article.

Posted by: KS | May 28, 2008 10:09 PM

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