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Soul Man: Live in Japan [Live]

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

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listen  4. A Nickel And A Nail 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. His Precious Love 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (September 26, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Bullseye Blues
  • ASIN: B00000048Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Clay has been singing soul music intertwined with gritty blues since 1965, when he crossed over from the gospel world, and his passion hasn't abated over the years. Yet the Chicagoan's 1983 performance, with his voice forcing its emotion and his ersatz Otis Redding, 0. V. Wright, and Al Green moves, is of interest to admirers only. Clay's studio-recorded 1992 release I'll Treat You (Bullseye Blues CD) is better, though it can't touch his 1970s I Can't Take It LP on the Hi label, or his recent gospel sides. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing... March 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have had this on cassette since it came out and was disappointed to see the CD is missing the last 2 songs, Ellie and Trying To Live My Life Without You, which add up to more than 20 minutes. The music that remains is top-rate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Unchanging Soul Man September 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Otis Clay sings in front of a devoted Japanese audience and gives the performance of his life. He sticks to the style that made him - raw, passionate, Southern-style soul that sounds like it was born in Memphis. His intense singing shows his gospel roots with His Precious Love included on this disc. Other highlights include Holding On To A Dying Love, and the O.V. Wright song, A Nickel And A Nail. This collection is an excellent overview of his hits. It was recorded in 1983 and has the core of the band that backed up Al Green in the 70's. A good place to start if you're new to Otis Clay. There's no one like him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Listening February 24, 2011
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The CD speaks for itself. CD player in car only holds 12 CDs. Now it is a 11 CD player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review (vinyl version) March 17, 2013
By the mid-'80s American soul artists were an endangered species, all but abandoned by domestic audiences who'd move on to disco and other musical genres. Like many soul acts, Chicago's Otis Clay made a couple of attempts to adapt to changing public tastes, but by and large he stayed true to his Southern soul roots, simply turning his attention to overseas markets, including Europe and Japan.

Recorded in October 1983 at a concert in Tokyo's Yubin Chokin Hall, the album was originally released by the Japanese Yupitera label under the title "Live Again"

Repackaged for the US market by Rooster Blues, "Soul Man Live In Japan" was an eleven track, double concert set pulling together a mixture of Clay's own hits, misses, and several classic cover tunes (Al Green, The Spinners, O.V Wright). Then 41, Clay was in prime form throughout the set, showcasing one of soul's most overlooked voices. The fact he was backed by a crack band featuring drummer Howard Grimes and the Hodges Brothers certainly didn't hurt the results - this was one tight outfit. So where to start ? Hard to do it when virtually every one of these songs was worth hearing. If pushed in a corner, I guess my top three choices would be 1.) 'Hard Working Woman', 2.) 'Nickel and a Nail', and 3.) 'Precious Precious' ... The set would have been even better had Clay avoided the concert plague of stretching songs to the breaking point. At least half of the selections clocked in at over eight minutes. As much as I love a song like 'Trying To Love My Life without You', there simply wasn't a need for more than ten minutes of it. The album would have been far stronger had those extended vamps been curtailed in favor of adding more songs with shorter running times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Working Man June 4, 2008
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I saw Otis Clay at Fitzgerald's in Chicago and I saw Al Green's band in action many years ago. Putting them together leads to some mighty fine soul music. The Hodges Brothers and Howard Grimes provide the groove and Otis sings those classics that make your legs move. "A Nickel and A Nail" and "Precious, Precious" may be really familiar, but you still want to sing and dance along. When true professionals record live music, the results stand out. Buy this CD!
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