Otis Redding - Otis Blue Otis Redding Sings Soul
Label: Sundazed Music / Volt Records
Cat#: LP 5064
Format: Vinyl, Mono LP, Reissue, 180gram
Originally released as Volt 412 in 1965.
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1 Ole Man Trouble
Written-By – Otis Redding 2:35
Written-By – Otis Redding 2:03
A3 Change Is Gonna Come
Written-By – Sam Cooke 4:13
A4 Down In The Valley
Written-By – Solomon Burke 2:55
A5 I've Been Loving You Too Long
Written-By – Jerry Butler, Otis Redding 2:53
Written-By – Sam Cooke 2:38
B2 My Girl
Written-By – Ronald White, William Robinson 2:53
B3 Wonderful World
Written-By – Barbara Campbell 3:09
B4 Rock Me Baby
Written-By – B.B. King, Joe Josea 3:22
Written-By – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:43
B6 You Don't Miss Your Water
Written-By – William Bell 2:49
Backing Vocals – Earl Sims
Baritone Saxophone – Floyd Newman
Bass – Donald "Duck" Dunn
Design [Cover Design] – Haig Adishian
Drums – Al Jackson Jr.
Engineer – Tom Dowd
Guitar – Steve Cropper
Keyboards – Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes
Photography [Cover Photo] – Pete Sahula
Supervised By [Supervision] – Jim Stewart
Tenor Saxophone – Andrew Love
Trumpet – Gene Miller, Wayne Jackson
Vocals – Otis Redding
He didn't have a smooth soaring voice like a Sam Cooke and he didn't have the graceful ability to glide across the stage like a James Brown. But there was something incredibly special about him. To me he was the most sincere singer ever. He poured so much of himself into his performances that it couldn't help but touch your heart.
He had a real talent for that. He was poised to become a worldwide superstar right before he died so young.
Otis Redding's Otis Blue is among the greatest albums ever made. Every moment of this record is breathtaking. This is one of the earliest albums that was true soul, and it is most likely the best. All 11 songs are incredible. Otis Blue shows just how great of a singer Redding was.
Three things make this album so incredible. One of them is Otis Redding's voice. It is incredible. Few people could sing like Otis Redding. Whether it is a slower song, such as I've Been Loving You Too Long, an up beat song, such as Respect or even a blues song, such as Rock Me Baby, Redding's voice shines. There isn't one moment on this album where one woul question the greatness of his voice.
A Second and equally important aspect of this incredible album is the band. Backed by Booker T. and The MGs, the instruments on this album are wide and the playing is great. Also, Steve Cropper on lead guitar is essential to the greatness of the sound of these songs. Especially on Ole Man Trouble and Rock Me Baby, Cropper's guitar almost overshadow's Redding's incredible voice.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this album is just how great the songs are. Ole Man Trouble is a Redding original. It contains some great guitar work and Redding's voice, as always, is great. Respect, another original, is only about two minute long, but the energy that Redding and the band put into that two minutes in intense. It is very different then the later Aretha Franklin version. I like this one just as much, but it is up for arguement.
A Change is Gonna Come is the first of three Sam Cooke songs on this album. Cooke was one of Redding's favorite singers and he did these songs in tribute to the recently deceased Cooke. In paying tribute, Redding's versions at least equal the originals and sometimes almost surpass. A Change is Gonna Come is a bit slower then the first two, but it is one of the highest points of the album. It really shows how great Redding's voice is.
Down In The Valley is a great cover of the Solomon Burke original. I think that this version is even better. I've Been Loving You, another Redding original, was the biggest hit on the album. Again, it is a slower song that is very beautiful. Shake, a second cover of Sam Cooke, lightens up the mood and is just a fun dance song. My Girl, a cover of the immensley popular Temptations song, is just a sgood as the original. Redding's version, however, definitely has more feeling and emotion in the singing.
Wonderful World is the third cover of Sam Cooke. This version again at least equals Cooke's version. Rock Me Baby, a BB King song, shows that Reeding can also sing blues. Steve Cropper's bluesy guitar almost overshadows Redding's voice. Satisfaction, a cover of the Rolling Stones song, isn't quite as good as the original (only because the original is so great), but this version is still great and is interseting to hear. The album closes with You Don't Miss Your Water, one of the best songs on the album. It closes the album with a bang.
Otis Redding - Satisfaction
Folks Sam Cooke started it all, James Brown nursed it a bit, Wilson Pickett to it to a higher leverl, Aretha made it hers, but Otis owned it. Man could that soul man sing the blues and rock the house, talk about ripping the roof off the house he's the first man to do just that.
I feel sick thats I'm only now discovering this excellent cover!
Otis Redding - Respect
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long
This song and this artist are rooted deeply in gospel and blues. The lyric is dripping with irony.
Otis Redding - Shake
When art is done well..something inexplanable happens and its like magic..
OTIS REDDING My Girl