THIS JUST IN: Oxford, Mississippi based Fat Possum Records (Andrew Bird, Heartless Bastards, Wavves) has confirmed an exclusive license on the Hi Records catalogue. The first three releases under the Hi/Fat Possum deal, remastered versions of Al Green’s timeless Greatest Hits, I’m Still In Love With You and Let’s Stay Together, will be in stores March 31. Al Green has long been hailed as the first great soul singer of the 1970s. Green’s Hi Records output in the early ’70s melded his singing, often considered the last great Southern soul voice, with immaculate productions crafted by Green and producer Willie Mitchell. This distinctive sound not only propelled Al Green to his status as the most popular and influential soul vocalist of the period, it helped make “Let’s Stay Together,” “Take Me To The River,” “Love and Happiness” and numerous other tracks from Green’s Hi catalogue classics for decades and generations to come. Other Hi releases soon to be reissued under the Hi/Fat Possum exclusive license will include additional early ’70s Green classics Gets Next To You, The Belle Album and Livin’ For You, as well as albums by Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Willie Mitchell and O.V. Wright.
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