Live in London and Paris

Live in London and Paris

by Otis Redding
     
 

When the Love Generation (which, truthfully, did no better with that emotion than any other generation) got its first real glimpse of soul giant Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 backed by Booker T. & the MG's, a powerhouse band if there ever were one, they saw love with a capital L, because Redding sang love songs like the world was about to end,…  See more details below

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When the Love Generation (which, truthfully, did no better with that emotion than any other generation) got its first real glimpse of soul giant Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 backed by Booker T. & the MG's, a powerhouse band if there ever were one, they saw love with a capital L, because Redding sang love songs like the world was about to end, wringing the emotion out of them like a soulful, urgent hurricane. He was, simply put, an unstoppable force on-stage, taking all the energy of gospel and upping the ante until it seemed like the very sky itself was about to fly off into space from the very power of it. Redding was soul, and soul in every fiber of his being. The two sets included here, which predate the Monterey performance by a couple of months, were recorded in London (March 17) and Paris (March 21) on the Stax/Volt package tour of Europe in 1967, and they just might be even more astounding (particularly the Paris night) than the Monterey set. Working again with the MG's, with the horns of the Mar-Keys along for extra kick, Redding burns the house down in both of these sets, wringing every last bit of energy out of Sam Cooke's "Shake" until it seems the universe is about to come off its hinges, turning "Try a Little Tenderness" into a silken caress, making "I've Been Loving You Too Long" into an anthem for the hopeless arc of love, and taking "Day Tripper" to places the Beatles could only dream about, all with the MG's and the Mar-Keys churning behind him like a huge, funky turbine. This was Stax soul in all its ragged, vital glory. The original tapes of these sets (Atlantic issued an LP of the London show in 1967) have been reassembled and restored for this release, and the end result is a stunning reminder of what a giant Redding was. You want to know about love? Drop this in your player.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Stax
UPC:
0888072308923
catalogNumber:
30892
Rank:
120216

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Redding   Primary Artist,Vocals
Booker T. & the MG's   Track Performer
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Al Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Liner Notes
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Liner Notes
Bill Belmont   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Keith Richards   Composer
Joe Tarantino   Mastering
Ronald White   Composer
David Gorman   Art Direction
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Jean Noël Ogouz   Liner Notes

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