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Gospel according to Al Green
Green, Al, 1946-
Twenty-fifth anniversary edition.
Publication Information:
Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2008]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
The story of R&B singer Al Green, who gave up a successful singing career to become a gospel singer and Pentecostal preacher.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1984.

Special features include: 90-minute audio interview with Al Green; reflections by director Robert Mugge; concert excerpts; extended songs and more.
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MPAA rating: Not rated.
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ML420.G84 G687 2008V Adult DVD Central Library

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Filmmaker Robert Mugge's acclaimed documentary about singer Al Green and how he left behind a career as one of the biggest stars in R&B to become a preacher and gospel artist has been given a solid presentation for its DVD release. The Gospel According to Al Green has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The narration is in English, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include a discography of Green's recordings, credits for his musicians, notes on the making of the film, and additional audio-only performances. ~ Mark Deming

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Library Journal Review

Director Mugge captures two great musicians in peak form. Sixty-three-year-old soul singer Al Green, known for his sensuous performances, became a born-again Christian in 1973. After a few years of struggling to reconcile his beliefs with his secular music, he bought the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis and devoted his life to Jesus. This DVD includes a half-hour excerpt from one of his legendary services, where Green sings, exhorts, and applies all the stagecraft he's learned over the years. One need not be a believer to find this riveting. This 25th-anniversary edition excludes Green's triumphant reentry into the world of secular music a few years back, but it is packed with bonus features. Sonny Rollins puts the emphasis on performance, beginning with the 14-minute solo "G-Man" that opens the film. Rollins (b. 1930) also discusses his creative process, and three critics offer appraisals. Oddly, much of this production is devoted to a pretty atypical performance, "The Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra," that Rollins helped compose and performed in Japan. It's a strange and lovely piece, but not what Rollins usually does. Both titles are highly recommended for music lovers.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.