Record cover for Back Up Train

Back Up Train (1967) is the debut album by soul musician Al Green, then performing by his birth name, Al Greene. This was Green's only full length album recorded in Grand Rapids before moving to Memphis, TN. It was released by Hot Line Music Journal, a local label started by Palmer James and Curtis Rogers, two of Green's classmates at South High School. The album was recorded while Green was only 20, and it has been alleged that he never saw a penny from the release. 1

Track Listing

  1. "Back Up Train" (Curtis Rodgers, Palmer E. James) - 2:19
  2. "Hot Wire" (Palmer E. James) - 2:55
  3. "Stop and Check Myself" (Al Green) - 1:41
  4. "Let Me Help You" (Palmer E. James) - 1:47
  5. "I’m Reachin’ Out" (Tiny Watkins) - 2:43
  6. "Don’t Hurt Me No More" (Curtis Rodgers, Palmer E. James) - 2:16
  7. "Don’t Leave Me" (Palmer E. James) - 2:17
  8. "I’ll Be Good to You" (Tiny Watkins) - 2:13
  9. "Guilty" (R. Williams) - 2:56
  10. "That’s All It Takes (Lady)" (Curtis Rodgers) - 2:19
  11. "Get Yourself Together" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 2:25
  12. "What’s It All About" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 1:54
  13. "A Lover's Hideaway" (Tiny Watkins, Palmer E. James) - 2:36


  1. Robert Christgau: Al Green retrieved 12/28/2012