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OTIS REDDING - need I say more?,
This review is from: Original Album Series (5 Pack) (Audio CD)
Otis Redding was a soul singer; to some, the greatest soul singer ever. His recording career lasted from his first single release in October 1962 to his death (at the age of 26) in a plane crash in December 1967. He was born in Dawson, Georgia, moving to Macon, Georgia at the age of 5. His studio based albums (on the Stax/Volt label) were all recorded in Memphis, Tennessee. He was backed by Booker T and the MG,s (Booker T. Jones - organ/piano, Steve Cropper - guitar, Al Jackson - drums, Lewis Steinberg later Duck Dunn - bass) who also recorded under their own name, usually augmented by a horn section who later became known as the Memphis Horns. The combined MG's and Memphis Horns appeared on almost every recording from Stax. Some of the MG's and MH's were also present in the earlier Memphis based instro band, the Markeys.
Otis recorded 5 studio albums under his own name while he was alive. This is that grouping.
For the money, the value this package represents is utterly fantastic. Almost all of Otis' oeuvre - in terms of studio albums it only omits the posthumous "Dock of the Bay" and the duets one with Carla Thomas. OK it doesn't include any live stuff but there isn't a terrific amount and you could buy that separately. In response to possible comment, I am aware that the original sleeve notes are nice to have (and I do have the vinyl) but I can assure you that you're not missing anything too great for this set.
In original sequence the albums are:
"Pain in my Heart" - which as you might expect contains early and formative material, very largely covers, but does include the excellent title track and his first single "These arms of mine". I'd rate this at 3 stars.
"The great Otis Redding sings soul ballads" - this largely consists of slow intense ballads (as it's title suggests!) which were the basis of much of his later work. But "Mr Pitiful" his first really funky single is also present to slightly break the pattern. Four stars.
"Otis Blue" - his best known, and, in pretty well everyone's view, his best album. Contains "I've been loving you too long", (have you seen the great live version of this number in the Monterey Pop festival?) and his version of Sam Cooke's "A change is gonna come". Five stars. See also my review.
"The Soul Album" is his least known album but there's not much of a quality drop. Four stars from me. Again, see my reviews.
"The Dictionary of Soul". Another great one. Not a bad track on it and many highlights including "Try a little Tenderness". Five stars and see review.
Overall you can't go wrong here. Five stars taking into account the vast amount of fabulous material this set contains. What did we do before they started packaging the good old stuff in this manner?
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 15:59:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2011 16:00:15 GMT
W. J. Mccormack says:
Dangerous Dave thanks for informing of us what is in this package. Why does it need a punter to do this? Why don't Amazon give a list of material, especially on such a historic set of recordings as these.
For my money Otis & Sam Cooke were joint equal best ever soul singers of all time. END OF
Saying that I also loved many of the other greats too, this was a truly miraculous period for soul music. Today's soul music is very, very poor IMHO.
I think I might well buy this set. I have Otis Blue and the duet with Carla Thomas (I think it was that one anyhow) on vinyl but hey lets get the CDs too.
The World lost a great singer on that black day when Otis was killed.
ps Are you any relation to Dave from Dave Danger and the Dangers?
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