Fri. Oct. 18, 2019

Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Classics: Al Green – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (Cream Records)

Life comes in such a way that a pupil may at times do better than the teacher. And, with no offense to the Bee Gees who gave birth to ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ back in 1971, Al Green brought it to another dimension the year after. Thus doin’ like what Jimi Hendrix did on Bob Dylan‘s ‘All Along The Watchtower’. In other words appropriating ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ for himself. And, by that revealing an extra part of his Blues background, as a matter of fact.

Unsurprisingly, the soothing ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ stands among the highlights of his ‘Let’s Stay Together’ album. This with its title track which Tina Turner eventually brought back to life some eleven years after. And no wonder how it manage to find extra exposure on various soundtracks along with time. From ‘Good Will Hunting’ (1997) to ‘The Virgin Suicides’ and ‘Notting Hill’ both in 1999 then ‘The Book Of Eli’ in 2010…

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