Aidin Vaziri | The wait is over. Even though his last two secular releases saw him reuniting with producer Willie Mitchell, who steered his classic sessions for Hi Records in the ’70s, this is the Al Green album people have really been holding out for. Produced by Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and featuring guest spots from Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and the Dap-Kings Horns, “Lay It Down” effectively re-creates the vintage bedroom-bound sound of hits like “Tired of Being Alone” and “Love and Happiness.” We spoke with the Rev. Green of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Memphis by phone from his home.
Q: I heard you wrote “I’m Wild About You” while you were watching Animal Planet.
A: Yeah. It’s about wild love. Excuse the expression but it means I don’t want to ask for it, I want to take it.
Q: What show was that from?
A: I have no idea. I watch it all day, every day. I just keep it on there. They have elephant movies on. They have polar bears. They have giraffes. They have cheetahs. I just let it run.
Q: If you could be any animal for a moment what would it be?
A: I don’t know. I’m not able to transform myself to even be another animal. I don’t have that in my head. Next question.
Q: Which of your old hits moves you the most when you sing it live?
A: “I Ain’t Telling.”
Q: You’re not?
A: No, that’s the name of it. Continue reading.