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GIFT FROM GOD,
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This review is from: Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding (DVD)
December 10th marks the 40th anniversary of Otis Redding and his band the Bar-kays tragic loss in an airplane crash in Madison,Wisconsin.This release is a wonderful tribute to everyone of them and their families and friends.
I saw Otis perform 3 times back in London, twice with the fabulous Stax Revue show and once solo at the RamJam club. He was a dynamic performer, and brought pure joy to all his shows with great enthusiasm,appreciation, and a voice that was pure dramatic soul--pretty good hip shaker too!!
The contents of this DVD are well covered in Amazons notes,18 performances,gathered from various sources-in between we get interviews with his lovely wife Zelma,Steve Cropper,Wayne Jackson,Jim Stewart and his daughter Karla.The performances are all great,he obviously was not at ease lip-syncing for TV, but put a mike in his hand and its a whole different show.If you are a fan of Otis and the whole Stax story, this DVD is essential--it will bring joy to your heart and a tear to your eye-that is a smooth combination.
Special thanks to Reelin'in the Years and all who put this release together--we need to support these guys who are making available in pristine sound and vision the great sights and sounds that make up music history.
Next time you are down in Memphis visit the Stax Records building, beautifully restored,see all the memorabilia,listen to the sounds in the building they were born--walk in the steps of Otis--you are following one of the greats.
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Initial post: May 6, 2009 6:58:09 PM PDT
Andrew Maben says:
I was at that Ramjam show as well (don't remember seeing you there!) What an evening! I was just a kid, and frankly intimidated when I found that my, even younger, girlfriend and I were apparently the only white faces in the place (this was surely not so - apparently Peter Gabriel was there - but I'm sure you remember how packed it was) - anyway, my fears were of course completely baseless. We were greeted with smiles, people insisted on making room for us and we ended up right in front of the stage, at the feet of the master. As I said, what an evening! I've been to a lot of clubs, seen all kinds of bands, hung out backstage... But to have seen Otis that evening is a gift I will always treasure.
Oh, and I don't suppose you remember the date?
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