Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector's Edition]

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Otis Redding's third album, and his first fully realized album, presents his talent unfettered, his direction clear, and his confidence emboldened, with fully half the songs representing a reach that extended his musical grasp. More than a quarter of this album is given over to Redding's versions of songs by Sam Cooke, his idol, who had died the previous December, and all three are worth owning and hearing. Two of them, "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," are every bit as essential as any soul recordings ever made, and while they (and much of this album) have reappeared on several anthologies, it's useful to hear the songs from those sessions juxtaposed with each other, and with "Wonderful World," which is seldom ...
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All Music Guide
Otis Redding's third album, and his first fully realized album, presents his talent unfettered, his direction clear, and his confidence emboldened, with fully half the songs representing a reach that extended his musical grasp. More than a quarter of this album is given over to Redding's versions of songs by Sam Cooke, his idol, who had died the previous December, and all three are worth owning and hearing. Two of them, "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," are every bit as essential as any soul recordings ever made, and while they (and much of this album) have reappeared on several anthologies, it's useful to hear the songs from those sessions juxtaposed with each other, and with "Wonderful World," which is seldom compiled elsewhere. Also featured are Redding's spellbinding renditions of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (a song epitomizing the fully formed Stax/Volt sound and which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards originally wrote in tribute to and imitation of Redding's style), "My Girl," and "You Don't Miss Your Water." "Respect" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long," two originals that were to loom large in his career, are here as well; the former became vastly popular in the hands of Aretha Franklin and the latter was an instant soul classic. Among the seldom-cited jewels here is a rendition of B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby" that has the singer sharing the spotlight with Steve Cropper, his playing alternately elegant and fiery, with Wayne Jackson and Gene "Bowlegs" Miller's trumpets and Andrew Love's and Floyd Newman's saxes providing the backing. Redding's powerful, remarkable singing throughout makes Otis Blue gritty, rich, and achingly alive, and an essential listening experience. Rhino's 2008 Collector's Edition undoubtedly adds a lot of music, but collectors should note it's short on previously unreleased material. Disc one contains the original mono album, and disc two the original stereo album, with each CD filled out by a good amount of live and studio bonus material. However, the only three previously unreleased cuts are mono mixes of the stereo album versions -- that's the exact terminology used on the sleeve -- of "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Respect," and "Ole Man Trouble." That only qualifies as "previously unreleased," at least in sense of hearing music that's never been on the market before, by the barest of margins, though at least all of them run a little longer than the previously available versions. The inclusion of two B-sides ("Any Ole Way" and "I'm Depending on You") is nice, as is a fast studio take of "Respect" that was first issued on the 1992 compilation Remember Me. Historical liner notes by Stax scholar Rob Bowman are another good bonus. But as good as they are, the six and five cuts respectively from In Person at the Whisky a Go Go and Live in Europe must already be owned by most of the collectors interested in a release like this. As much good music as these two CDs contain, and as good as the packaging is, it falls into the uncomfortable gap of being too much for most fans -- who'll find the original unembellished album, in stereo or mono, just fine -- and not enough rarities for the true collector. ~ Bruce Eder & Richie Unterberger
Rolling Stone - Anthony Decurtis
Otis Blue is Redding’s true dictionary of soul, a stunning journey through the past and future vocabulary of R&B in thirty-three minutes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227993894
  • Catalog Number: 422140

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ole Man Trouble (2:38)
  2. 2 Respect (2:08)
  3. 3 Change Gonna Come (4:14)
  4. 4 Down in the Valley (2:59)
  5. 5 I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:01)
  6. 6 Shake (2:40)
  7. 7 My Girl (2:55)
  8. 8 Wonderful World (3:31)
  9. 9 Rock Me Baby (3:36)
  10. 10 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:53)
  11. 11 You Don't Miss Your Water (3:08)
  12. 12 I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:29)
  13. 13 I'm Depending on You (2:31)
  14. 14 Respect (2:21)
  15. 15 Ole Man Trouble (2:47)
  16. 16 Any Ole Way (2:31)
  17. 17 Shake (3:50)
  18. 18 Ole Man Trouble (2:36)
  19. 19 Respect (2:22)
  20. 20 I've Been Loving You Too Long (5:48)
  21. 21 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (4:34)
  22. 22 I'm Depending on You (3:03)
  23. 23 Any Ole Way (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ole Man Trouble (2:39)
  2. 2 Respect (2:08)
  3. 3 Change Gonna Come (4:21)
  4. 4 Down in the Valley (3:00)
  5. 5 I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:16)
  6. 6 Shake (2:41)
  7. 7 My Girl (2:55)
  8. 8 Wonderful World (3:08)
  9. 9 Rock Me Baby (3:30)
  10. 10 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:49)
  11. 11 You Don't Miss Your Water (2:52)
  12. 12 Respect (1:51)
  13. 13 I've Been Loving You Too Long (4:10)
  14. 14 My Girl (2:42)
  15. 15 Shake (2:53)
  16. 16 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:53)
  17. 17 Respect (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Redding Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
Joe Arnold Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Packy" Axton Tenor Saxophone
Sammie Coleman Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
John Farris Trumpet
Isaac Hayes Keyboards
Robert Holloway Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Booker T. Jones Organ, Keyboards
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman Baritone Saxophone
Robert Pittman Tenor Saxophone
Earl Sims Background Vocals
Ralph Stewart Bass
Elbert Woodson Drums
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
James "Jockey" Young Guitar
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller Trumpet
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Lou Adler Composer
Greg Allen Reissue Design
Bert Berns Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Wally Heider Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
B.B. King Composer
Cheryl Pawelski Reissue Producer
Keith Richards Composer
Bob Rolontz Liner Notes
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan Reissue Producer
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Ronald White Composer
Zelma Redding Author
Joe Josea Composer
Babe Chivian Composer
Pete Sahula Cover Photo
Joseph Eugene Martin III Composer
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