Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

13. Al GreenLet’s Stay Together

I’m the step-son of Al Green, so that’s my father in many ways. Let’s Stay Together has that tom-snare that just gave it this whole deadpan quality, and then there’s the organ work. It sounds like church. What’s so special about the organ is that it’s got that dichotomy about it. It can sound absolutely angelic or downright evil all at the same time. It’s the only instrument can sound like that to me. And they made good use of it. He used the same sounds, the same producer, the whole way through; it’s not like records today where people use this producer or that producer. That’s what I was able to acquire with Danger Mouse. Al Green is everything. He’s everything that I am.


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