Al Green "Take Me to the River"

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  1. daddyo

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    Love me some Al Green!
     
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    :agreeOh man do I. What a crime that an anemic cover got to be the known version of such a smokin' song. THE man is burning in that video! And so is his band. I have nothing against the Talking Heads - love their artsy, fartsy stuff (I went to art school with them and played in a lot of Chris Frantz' bands) but this is one of the most dynamic soul songs of all time and the original version is unbeatable. I remember in the 80's I put it on a dance tape for a huge loft party I helped throw and the place went wild. Lots of white folks (including me) getting funky. Anyway, thanks for turning me own to this video. I miss the original Soul Train too!
     
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    I had (and still have) the album, "Al Green Explores Your Mind" on vinyl. I think I bought it in '75. I bought it specifically because I had heard "Take Me to the River" on the radio. When the Talking Heads remade it, it was old hat for me. I think they did a real cool version, but the original is certainly a gem, as well.
     
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    Al Green's Greatest hits is a great album and this song isn't on it... What kind of drums is that guy playing there? Was it designed by the guy that did the [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]L'eggs pantyhose eggs?

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    We patterned out version of 'TMTTR' after Al's... :)
     
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    I like both versions, but Al Green rules.
     
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    Don't forget Foghat's version! It's on the Night Shift album, and it smokes.

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    I like the talking heads version much better.
     
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    BROTHER, THANKS FOR POSTING THAT...I FORGOT HOW SMOKIN THE ORIGINAL IS...LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!:phones




    so just for grins....what other covers (good or bad) are people aware of?

    so far;

    Talking heads

    Foghat

    i'll add one: Annie Lennox


    Any more out there that you know of ? ....
     
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    I've heard Gov't Mule do it in concert, but they haven't put it on an album.
     
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    The Rev. Al tears it up in a FUNKY version of Take Me to the River at the '96 Olympic closing ceremony (right here in Atlanta, GA). BB's first and then Al comes out (around 1:52 of the vid), with BB backing on Lucille! Wish I'd had tickets to THAT!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3a7ZpkelLY&feature=related

    Enjoy!
     
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    Teenie Hodges, Al Jackson Jr....how could it be any less than awesome?
     
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    I once saw the Grateful Dead play it at the Pyramid in Memphis on April Fools 1995. Pretty solid show....for '95. Yeah, they played Candyman & Tennessee Jed too!
     
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    There is another GREAT version by Syl Johnson from Stax across town in Memphis that smokes!
     
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    Weir has been doing TMTTR for years with Ratdog also.
     
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    That - and Rev. Al - just SMOKES!!!!

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    The Talking Heads version is as 'white' as it gets. And, the Rev. Al Green's version is as 'black' as it gets. Because we are 'white,' our version is the bastard child of both versions. We would like to do it even more like Green, but we just couldn't pull that off, so we do it our very own way, LOL ... :)
     
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    Mitch Ryder owns this song along with "Ain't Nobody White". Its on the Live Talkies release.
     
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    +1. It's one of those songs that you remember when and where you were when it came on the radio. It was actually a top 10 R&B hit back in the AM radio days. I remember exactly where I was and who was in my car when I first heard it. Syl Johnson played with Junior Wells, Magic Sam, and Jimmy Reed. His version of this song takes Al's to school and then some. That's a pretty stout claim but well worth seeking out. I think the name of the LP was "Total Explosion!" and it is a legendary R&B classic album.
     

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