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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul Collector's Edition, Import, Original recording remastered

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Otis Redding was a singer of such commanding stature that to this day
he embodies the essence of soul music in its purist form. from the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame s website page on Redding s 1989 induction
Though Otis Redding s career was cut tragically short by a plane crash,
his legacy and recordings are inestimably large. Intense, raw and emotional, his sound defines golden era Southern soul. Redding s third album, OTIS BLUE: OTIS REDDING SINGS SOUL, is considered his first LP masterpiece, and it ranks
#74 on Rolling Stone s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting that it was recorded in a single 24-hour period in 1965, calls it, a virtual soul-music primer. The original album features a trio
of songs by Sam Cooke, Redding s idol, who had passed away shortly before OTIS BLUE was made. It also features his version of Respect a song he wrote, but that s an Aretha signature his great cover of (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction and other classic tracks. In its deluxe COLLECTOR S EDITION, this landmark
work is presented in both mono and stereo versions, along with rare and
previously unreleased bonus gems.
2-CD deluxe, expanded COLLECTOR S EDITION of Redding s 1966 masterpiece.Original album highlights include three classic Sam Cooke covers Shake, A Change Is Gonna Come, and Wonderful
World Redding s dramatic take on the Stones (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction, and his beautiful rendition of the Smokey Robinson classic My Girl. Plus, the Cooke-penned originals Ole Man Trouble and Respect. Disc One presents the original mono album. Bonus material includes six alternates and singles including previously
unreleased mono mixes of stereo album versions of I ve Been
Loving You For Too Long, Ole Man Trouble, and Respect. Also features six classic songs recorded Live at The Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles in April1966including Satisfaction
and Respect. Disc Two presents the original stereo album. An alternate 1967 version of Respect is featured as a bonus track. Deluxe DigiPak features a special collector s edition O-card plus a 16-page book with rare photos and new liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B0013SJ44Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Outside of an anthology or greatest hits package, this is the Otis Redding disc to own. Eight of the eleven selections are cover tunes, but Otis and crew attack the material with such passion and precision that it escapes the usual haphazard feel of a full length record slapped together around a few strong singles. There's three Sam Cooke numbers, ("Wonderful World," "Shake," and the incredible "A Change Is Gonna Come"), a fabulous rendition of Solomon Burke's "Down in the Valley," B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water," and the Motown hit, "My Girl," done Stax-Volt style. When Otis released his blistering take on "Satisfaction" in early 1966, many thought that the Rolling Stones had gotten the song from him instead of the other way around. The three originals show Otis in top songwriting form with "Respect" (later turned out by Aretha Franklin), "Ole Man Trouble," and the exceptional ballad "I've Been Loving You Too Long." The Big O is of course backed up by the always impressive Stax house band Booker T. & The MG's, augmented by horn players from the Mar-Keys and Isaac Hayes on keyboards (who often played with the group whenever Booker T. was away at school). Without question, this is an essential Otis Redding CD, a classic Stax release, and a milestone of the soul genre in the 1960's. Follow this one with the aptly named "Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul: Complete & Unbelievable."
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Forty three years after its first vinyl release on Volt and after two CD releases (mono on Atco; stereo on a rare Japanese reissue) - this album sounds as great as it always did. The major revelation is the stereo version newly remastered by the guys at DigiPrep - Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch - it is INCREDIBLE - having listened to this album for the full 43 years in stereo-I now hear things in the stereo version that I never knew were there! A must have version of perhaps the greatest soul album of all time.
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Otis Redding's Otis Blue is among the greatest albums ever made. Every moment of this record is breathtaking. This is one of the earliest albums that was true soul, and it is most likely the best. All 11 songs are incredible. Otis Blue shows just how great of a singer Redding was.
Three things make this album so incredible. One of them is Otis Redding's voice. It is incredible. Few people could sing like Otis Redding. Whether it is a slower song, such as I've Been Loving You Too Long, an up beat song, such as Respect or even a blues song, such as Rock Me Baby, Redding's voice shines. There isn't one moment on this album where one woul question the greatness of his voice.
A Second and equally important aspect of this incredible album is the band. Backed by Booker T. and The MGs, the instruments on this album are wide and the playing is great. Also, Steve Cropper on lead guitar is essential to the greatness of the sound of these songs. Especially on Ole Man Trouble and Rock Me Baby, Cropper's guitar almost overshadow's Redding's incredible voice.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this album is just how great the songs are. Ole Man Trouble is a Redding original. It contains some great guitar work and Redding's voice, as always, is great. Respect, another original, is only about two minute long, but the energy that Redding and the band put into that two minutes in intense. It is very different then the later Aretha Franklin version. I like this one just as much, but it is up for arguement. A Change is Gonna Come is the first of three Sam Cooke songs on this album. Cooke was one of Redding's favorite singers and he did these songs in tribute to the recently deceased Cooke. In paying tribute, Redding's versions at least equal the originals and sometimes almost surpass.
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If I could,I would give Otis Blue 6 stars.
This was the first album I ever bought, and it's turned out to be the greatest ever made,in my opinion.
Incredibly, all 11 tracks were recorded in a 24 hour period.
Considering the technology of the time,the sound quality is hard to belive.
But Otis could have made these songs into jewels under almost any conditions.We're blessed that those conditions were instead almost optimal,thanks to musicians like Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper.
If you only buy one Otis Redding album,this should be the one.
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HISTORY:
With the groundwork of his first two albums behind him, "Pain In My Heart" in 1964 and "The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads" in early 1965, Otis Redding stepped into the Stax recording studio on McLemore Avenue in Memphis on the 9th of July 1965 to quickly slap down his 3rd album. And quick was the optional word. In one long adrenalin fuelled session (broken up by night gigs the band had to attend - only to reconvene in the early hours of the morning), its 11 songs took less than 24 hours to produce. In fact, Otis flew out of Memphis the very next day to do another gig! It is of course now recongnised as a bona-fide 60ts soul classic and this "Collector's Edition" is here to celebrate that.

TOM DOWD was the Engineer, ISAAC HAYES, JIM STEWART and DAVID PORTER were the Producers and the Stax House Band were the session players:
WAYNE JACKSON and GENE "BOWLEGS" MILLER on Trumpets
ANDREW LOVE on Tenor Sax
FLOYD NEWMAN on Baritone Sax
ISAAC HAYES and BOOKER T. JONES on Keyboards
STEVE CROPPER on Guitar
DONALD "DUCK" DUNN on Bass
AL JACKSON, JR. on Drums
EARL SIMS on Backing Vocals
(Jones, Cropper, Dunn and Jackson, Jr make up the nucleus of Booker T. & The MG's)

"Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul" was released in the USA on the 15th of September 1965 on Volt 412. It charted on the Pop Albums chart at a lowly number 75, but hit the big number 1 spot on the R'n'B LP chart of that month. It was released in the UK in February 1966 on Atlantic ATL 5041, originally in Stereo only - but later re-issued in 1967, again on Atlantic, but this time in both Mono and Stereo (587 036 for Mono and 588 036 for Stereo).
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