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

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

by Otis Redding
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2015
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227951856
catalogNumber:
422140
Rank:
15328

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Redding   Primary Artist
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
"Brisco" Clark   Tenor Saxophone
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   Drums
Clarence Johnson   Trombone
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Trumpet
Sammy Coleman   Trumpet
James Young   Guitar

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Lou Adler   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Wally Heider   Engineer
B.B. King   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Al Jackson   Producer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan   Reissue Producer
Haig Adishian   Cover Design
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Ronald White   Composer
Kenny Nemes   Assistant Management
Zelma Redding   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Babe Chivian   Composer
Gladys Sanchez   Music Business Affairs
Pete Sahula   Cover Photo
Joseph Martin   Composer

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