The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads

July 29, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1965 Atco Records, a label of Atlantic Recording Corp., manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company
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  • Total Length: 33:41
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  • ASIN: B001CVR0T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,026 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on April 14, 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.
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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