In 1968, Ellis Haizlip, the first black producer at New York’s public TV station, WNET, launched a revolution. He created, hosted and curated SOUL!, a weekly TV show that showcased every facet of black American culture. Poets, politicians, entertainers and revolutionaries joined Haizlip and his audience every Thursday night to debate and define the meaning of soul itself.
In 1973, SOUL! dedicated an entire episode to “the music and the artistry of the incomparable Al Green,” and it’s been coveted and covertly shared by fans ever since as the best performance ever captured of Right Rev. Green in any setting. Which, of course, puts it in the running for the best performance ever captured of anything. Oh, and the man pulled this off while nursing a cold.
You can watch the full episode at WNET’s website: http://www.thirteen.org/soul/jan-3-1973/
BONUS CUT: Still not enough Al for you? Don’t worry. It shouldn’t be. So start with his greatest hits and then move on to this list of his 10 most Trunkworthy tracks — the songs you might not know that are every bit as good (or better) than the ones you do.