The Soul Album [LP]

The Soul Album [LP]

by Otis Redding

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

Otis Redding's talent began to surge, across songs and their stylesand absorbing them, with the recording of The Soul Album. In contrast to The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, which was an advance over its predecessor but still a body of 12 songs of varying styles and textures, rising to peaks and never falling before an intense, soulful mid-range, The Soul Album shows him moving from strength to strength in a string of high-energy, sweaty soul performances, interspersing his own songs with work by Sam Cooke ("Chain Gang"), Roy Head ("Treat Her Right"), Eddie Floyd ("Everybody Makes a Mistake"), and Smokey Robinson ("It's Growing") and recasting them in his own style, so that they're not "covers" so much as reinterpretations; indeed, "Chain Gang" is almost a rewrite of the original, though one suspects not one that Cooke would have disapproved of. He still had a little way to go as a songwriter -- the jewel of this undervalued collection is "Cigarettes and Coffee, co-authored by Eddie Thomas and Jerry Butler -- but as an interpreter he was now without peer, and his albums were now showing this remarkable, stunningly high level of consistency. Also significant on this album was the contribution of Steve Cropper, not only on guitar but as co-author of three songs. [The Soul Album was re-released on LP in 2017.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227935207
catalogNumber: 91705
Rank: 23737

Tracks

  1. Just One More Day
  2. It's Growing
  3. Cigarettes and Coffee
  4. Chain Gang
  5. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out)
  6. Good to Me
  7. Scratch My Back
  8. Treat Her Right
  9. Everybody Makes a Mistake
  10. Any Ole Way
  11. 634-5789

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