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Soul Album [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Otis ReddingAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (June 11, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002JNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 06/11/1991

Although Redding was a great songwriter (he gave us Aretha's "Respect" and Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music"--'nuff said), he partially made a reputation for himself as a great interpreter of other people's material, ranging from Beatles and Stones covers to "Louie Louie" to standards like "Try a Little Tenderness," which had originally been a hit for Bing Crosby. And unlike other soul artists of the time, including the great Jackie Wilson, Redding--with the help, of course, of guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and drummer Al Jackson--could take even schlock, at least in R&B terms (i.e., "The Tennessee Waltz"), and transcend it, making it his own. Otis makes all 11 tracks here his own--not that any of them were ever considered schlock. But many, including Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," Roy Head's "Treat Her Right," and Wilson Pickett's "634-5789," were closely associated with their originators. Redding's cover of Smokey Robinson's "Scratch My Back" is so awesome that it makes you forget the Miracles' original. The Soul Album is sometimes underrated because it's a covers album--but it's a classic covers album, nevertheless. --Bill Holdship

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5.0 out of 5 stars Untoppable soul August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a small-frills reissue that includes no bonus tracks or alternate takes. What it does include is nice *mono* remastering by ace Bill Inglot, taken from the original master tapes. It also includes a nice reproduction of the original album front and back (the latter in almost life size). The interior of the CD booklet gives release info (label, date, chart info) as well as a list of the musical support.
Musically, Redding proves himself over and over to be perhaps the greatest soul singer of all time (though Ray Charles during his Atlantic period might give him a run for the money). The eleven tracks on this disc (about 32 minutes) find Redding reaching to the depths of his emotions for vocals that no one else could ever rival. Everything his vocal chords touch becomes *his*. Covers of hits that are unforgettable in their original version (e.g., Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang", Wilson Pickett's "634-5789") become something entirely different when Redding turns his attentions to them.
The band (including Booker T., Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson Jr., Sammy Coleman, Wayne Jackson, Bowlegs Miller, Andrew Love, Charles "Packy" Axton and Floyd Newman) provides some really incredible backing. Booker T's organ and Steve Cropper's guitar, in particular, create an incredible atmosphere, punctuated beautifully by the horn section. There is a cohesiveness between Redding's vocals and the musical background that is not evident in lesser soul recordings. There is a sort of empathy between the players and the vocalist that is jazz-like and rare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Number Four And Holding.. July 15, 2009
By R. Webb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Otis Redding never recorded a bad song or much less a bad album, capable of taking on any ol' song at hand and simply turning it golden. THE SOUL ALBUM, 1966, was Redding's fourth and his third, OTIS BLUE, was a mighty tough act to follow, and yet still, THE SOUL ALBUM, holds it's own in the very limited Otis Redding catalog, containing Redding co-written songs, JUST ONE MORE DAY, GOOD TO ME, ANY OLE WAY, the rest of the album consist of covers, Cooke's, CHAIN GANG, Pickett's,634-5789, - co-written by guitarist Steve Cropper, also including, SCRATCH MY BACK and the ballad, CIGARETTES AND COFFEE. The remastered "SOUL ALBUM" is a good solid effort from the man, Otis Redding, be sure to collect all recordings from the genius of soul. Rhino/Atco
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Album December 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have this Album in Stereo & the CD is in MONO. The biggest difference in the two the complete unedit version of Just One More Day plays on the CD Mono Version and and the still being worked on Scratch My Back plays on the Mono Version. The Stereo Album has the Finish Takes. Will the Stereo Version of the Soul Album ever be release. Same applies to the Dictionary of Soul. The Stereo Album has the completed takes the Mono CD has alternate takes: Day Tripper & Hawg For You. Maybe one day the Stereo Verisons of The Soul Album & Dictionary Of Soul will be release because the Albums have the finish Takes. But until that happens and it won't because with Otis Redding Rhino will not release anything prior to 1967 in Stereo. But with Sam & Dave Carla Thomas it does not applied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love old music May 5, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
could not find this any where else and I really wanted it the best sings in the would for me CARDINE L. JORDAN
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Redding March 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD
It is probably fair to describe Otis Reddings fourth studio album, "The Soul Album" as one of his lesser known, perhaps largely because the album does not contain any of his greatest classics or hits. Only single was taken from the album, his and Steve Cropper's own "Just One More Day", which in many ways is akin to "I've Been Loving You Too Long" from the previous album "Otis Blue"

This does not in any way make it a weaker album than Redding's other. His vocals are always top notch, and the songs fit in most cases his voice perfectly.

The musicians are the famous Stax people, with Steve Cropper and Booker T Jones as some of the best known.

Only three of the songs have Redding credited as a songwriter. In addition to the single "Just One More Day" they are the slow ballad "Good to Me" and the more optimistic "Any Ole Way", which could have been written by Sam Cooke. A great Sam Cooke song is "Chain Gang", which is also one of the album's highlights. Redding actually makes this song into something completely different, new and more exciting than Cooke's otherwise fine original.

Classic R & B ballads are "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" and less "Cigarettes and Coffee" - both convincingly interpreted by Redding.

"Scratch My Back" and "Treat You Right" are two "good time" numbers and well-known live favorites recorded in countless versions over time.

The final number "634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)" is another higlight, at least as strong as Wilson Pickett's more famous version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! February 18, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I got this for my mom, and she loves it! This is her kind of music, and it was so nice to find it in vinyl!
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