Al Green Shares Soulful Cover of Lou Reed Classic Perfect Day

Eleven time GRAMMY® Award-winning soul icon and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame® inductee Al Green has returned with his first new single in five years. Perfect Day is out digitally now on Fat Possum Records. A simmering and soulful cover of Lou Reed’s 1972 classic – originally produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson – now, it heralds the dawn of Green’s next chapter.

Al Green (Todd Nakamine)

Al Green (Todd Nakamine)

About Perfect Day, Al Green commented, “I loved Lou’s original Perfect Day. The song immediately puts you in a good mood. We wanted to preserve that spirit, while adding our own sauce and style.”

During February 2023, Al Green recorded Perfect Day at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN. The track is produced by Matthew Johnson and Bruce Watson. Green notably reunited with members of the classic Hi Rhythm Section who powered up some of his most seminal hits from the seventies. The track finds him back with Reverend Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass), and Archie “Hubbie” Turner (piano) for the first time since 2005, while Steve Potts (drums) and Will Sexton (guitar) also return. Adding new blood to the mix, the single also features U.K. alternative R&B artist RAYE on background vocals. Over a backdrop of lush cinematic strings, swooning organ, and eloquent guitar, Green’s instantly recognisable voice simply soars, ringing out on the final crescendo as he promises, “You’re gonna reap just what you sow,” in a call-and-response with RAYE.

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Raye @ Glastonbury Festival 2023 (Kalpesh Patel)
Raye @ Glastonbury Festival 2023 (Kalpesh Patel)

Listen to Al Green’s superb rendition of the Lou Reed classic below:

For this fall, Al Green adds two special Midwest shows over Thanksgiving weekend, including Detroit’s Fox Theatre on 24th November and at St. Charles’ The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO on 25th November with special guest Bettye Lavette as support. The public on-sale starts on Friday, 25th August at 10am local time. Notes Green: “I’ll be looking for everybody that has heard “Love and Happiness” and “Let’s Stay Together” at the concert tours.”

Perfect Day notably follows his 2018 cover of Freddy Fender’s Before The Next Teardrop Falls. Al Green recently played two packed shows in July with a first-time performance at the Yaamava’ Theater in Highland, CA on 30th September. Tickets are available HERE.

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates:

30th – Yaamava’ Theater, Highland, CA

24th – Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI25th – The Family Arena, St. Charles, MO

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