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Born in Dawson, Ga., Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was five years old. At an early age he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. Otis attended Ballard Hudson High School and participated in the school band. Determined to help his family financially, he began to compete in the Douglass Theatre talent shows for the ... Read more in Amazon's Otis Redding Store

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  • Vinyl (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00DVT55FM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's How Strong My Love Is
2. Chained And Bound
3. Woman, Lover, A Friend
4. Your One And Only Man
5. Nothing Can Change This Love
6. It's Too Late
7. For Your Precious Love
8. I Want To Thank You
9. Come To Me
10. Home In Your Heart
11. Keep Your Arms Around Me
12. Mr. Pitiful

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180 gram audiophile vinyl

About the Artist

Released in 1965, Otis Redding's second album 'Sings Soul Ballads' features a fine choice of sweet and tender songs. Backed up by the STAX house band consisting of such soul greats as Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald 'Duck' Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. Redding delivers the goods with impressive style. His renditions of Sam Cooke's 'Nothing Can Change This Love' and Chuck Willis' 'It's Too Late' can be seen as improved versions of the originals. Biggest hit on the album proved to be 'Mr. Pitiful', a nickname given to Redding by a local Memphis radio DJ. Also available on vinyl: 'Pain In My Heart' and 'In Person At The Whiskey A Go Go'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 10 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1965 when "soul", as opposed to R&B, Motown and gospel, was starting to develop its own identity, "The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads" set an early reference point for this new style of music. And, while his next album - "Otis Blue" - was more polished, more commercial and more successful, this often overlooked record is in many ways much more satisfying. Redding's singing is quite stunning, with heart-rending deliveries that make you believe that he means what he says and the back up from Booker T, Steve Cropper and the Stax "house band" is consistently creative and incisive. Many of the arrangements used here were subsequently recycled in the flood of "soul" (or, more aptly, "not really soul") records that were to follow but, while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles fans may argue, this was where it all came together for the first time in a glorious, unified whole. There's no R&B and, with the exception of "Mr Pitiful", no dance tracks. What there is, is a genuinely painful heart and... that's what "soul" - a much maligned musical label - is in fact all about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roundwood on 19 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album is a must for any music fan looking to extend their Otis Redding collection beyond a greatest hits package or the iconic Otis Blue. The raw Stax production and simple arrangement provide a great showcase for Otis' peerless voice and much underestimated song-writing ability. From the opening bars of the classic That's How Strong My Love Is, through self penned tracks like Your One and Only Man, you are taken on a journey infused with soul, gospel, blues and pop, that climaxes with the awesome Mr Pitiful. The name of the album says it all - soul ballads sung by the great Otis Redding, what more could you want?
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By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
Rather than a compilation, this is a stand-alone album from 1965 by the man with a voice dripping and oozing with soul, the magisterial Otis Redding (1941-67). Those dates tell a tragic story, but few singers in any genre have left such a precious legacy.
Otis grew up in Georgia, home of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Tony Joe White, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Curtis Mayfield - there must be something in the water - and this is country-inflected soul music that could only be from the South.
Of course, Otis recorded many ballads during his brief but illustrious career, only a few of which are presented here, in remastered form (the original CD never sounded quite this good). But the tracks that are here are all wonderful, starting with the opener That's How Strong My Love Is, a great deep soul barnstormer by Roosevelt Jamison that's been recorded by all kinds of artists from the Stones to Steve Young, Humble Pie to Taj Mahal. Otis does the definitive version (though Young's comes close).
The rest of the songs are up to the standard set by that impassioned first track, including a few by Redding himself, closing with the mid-tempo hit Mr Pitiful - a 'ballad' in its broadest sense.
An interesting track is his version of It's Too Late by Chuck Willis, also covered by Roy Orbison and Derek & the Dominoes. All three versions are worth hearing, as they all make something different of this superb number.
Sam Cooke's emotive Nothing Can Change This Love is almost as splendid as Otis's incredible recording of Cooke's Change Gonna Come, while other standouts are Home in Your Heart, the gorgeous Chained and Bound, the sensual Come To Me, Keep Your Arms Around Me, and the slow, bluesy, beautiful For Your Precious Love, all sung with Redding's trademark passionate soulfulness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cathleen heaney on 6 Jan. 2015
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Good album good service
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
One of the best genuine "Soul" albums... 15 April 2000
By nicjaytee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1965 when "soul", as opposed to R&B, Motown and gospel, was starting to develop its own identity, "The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads" set an early reference point for this new style of music.
While his next album - "Otis Blue" - was more polished, more commercial and more successful, this often overlooked record is in many ways much more staisfying. Redding's singing is quite stunning, with heart-rending deliveries that make you believe that he means what he says. And, the back up from Booker T, Steve Cropper and the Stax "house band" is consistently creative and incisive. Many of the arrangements used here became standard reference points for the flood of "soul" (or, more aptly, "not really soul") records that were to follow. But, while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles fans may argue, this was where it all came together for the first time in a glorious, unified whole.
While the subsequent soul standards - "Mr Pitiful" and "That's How Strong My Love Is" - provide the opening and closing bookends, it is the numbers in-between that make this album really stand-out. If "soul" is the ability to capture emotions through music then, here it is. The sparse, single note piano arrangement and desperate lyrics on "It's Too Late" are breath-taking - alongside Ray Charles' "Someday Baby" one of the saddest tracks ever made; if the joy of love's enfatuation is what you're looking for then "Your One And Only Man" has it; and, for believable pleading, then "Come To Me" has never been bettered.
There's no R&B and, with the exception of "Mr Pitiful" (despite the title), no dance records. What there is, is a genuinely painful heart and... that's what "soul" - a much maligned musical label - is in fact all about.
If you like the slower tracks on "Otis Blue" then buy this... it won't disappoint.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The original soul 17 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listeneng to this album since 1965 and I never tire of it. Why? "Nothing Can Change This Love" is possibly the best "soul" (not R&B, not blues, not urban, not gospel--but all of these together, and then some) song that was ever recorded. Otis's treatment of "Woman, Lover, Friend" will engage your blues sensibilities in new ways. "Home In Your Heart" will make you dance. "Keep Your Arms Around Me" will make you dance. Slowly. The soul music of Otis Redding journeys the peaks and valleys of life and speaks to them eloquently, if somewhat crudely. All the songs on this album are great. This is one CD that belongs in everyone's collection.
Otis at his romantic best. 23 Nov. 2011
By Justo Roteta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although this was not Otis Redding's most successful or best-remembered album, it really remains an important part of his legacy. Like James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave, Otis Redding personified the ultra-raw, sweat-drenched, no-holds-barred Southern Soul sound and style which was equal parts Gospel, Soul and Funk. It's well worth mentioning, however, that Otis was also a great Soul balladeer in his own right--not as romantic or sensuous as Barry White or Isaac Hayes, of course-- but his ballads nonetheless reach the core of the listener's soul and tug at his or her heartstrings nonetheless. When you listen to this CD, you'll understand why Otis was and is viewed by so many as the greatest Soul singer of all time.
By far one of my favorite soloists 10 Mar. 2013
By Sarah33 - Published on Amazon.com
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He encapsulates what it means to love and experience heart break and express that through music. His voice has such subtlety. There aren't many artists out there that can use their voice in such a way. He has one of the most amazing voices and although his life and career were cut short, he left an amazing amount of music for us to appreciate now. He leaves everything out there in each song.
Best Otis Album Ever 10 Jun. 2013
By Peter A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I spent much of my college life listening to this album and the Temptations Sing Smokey. Very happy to have found this at Amazon; I "loaned" my copy years ago.
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