Friday, 18 September 2009

Al Green - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

Album: Let’s Stay Together (Hi,1972) Chart pos: N/A

A brief post today due to the lack of time, today’s song is Reverend Al's wonderful version of the Bee Gee's rather gloopy ballad How Can You Mend a Broken Heart. Like fellow Memphis native Isaac Hayes, Al Green was adept at tight funk, soulful ballads and making other peoples tunes their own. Here Al stretches out the Bee Gee's 1971 hit to a lushly orchestrated six minutes without stooping to any kind of emotional heavy-handedness. While the Bee Gees sounded a tad melancholy Al Green pours so much emotion into the song that he sounds like a broken man. Despite not being released as a single the song has managed to feature in film’s such as Good Will Hunting and Notting Hill.


  1. Ever heard Al Green's version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"? Amazing. It's good enough to make you forget Hank.

  2. I think ive heard it, its quite a good song i hope to get the rest of is Hi albums, at the moment i only have his first four.

  3. It's on Call Me, along with another transformed country song, "Funny How Time Slips away".