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Pain In My Heart

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The 1964 debut album from the legendary Soul shouter. While Otis Redding died in 1967, just as he was achieving the success he so richly deserved, his recorded output proves that his talents were in full force even before the world began to take notice. When listening to Pain in My Heart, there is no denying that Otis hit the ground running with this excellent set of soulful gems. 12 tracks. Warner. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

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Like most R&B albums of the early 1960s, Otis Redding's 1964 debut was a haphazard mixture of the artist's contemporary hits ("These Arms of Mine," "Pain in My Heart"), B-sides ("Something Is Worrying Me," "Hey Hey Baby"), and covers of popular hits of the day ("You Send Me," "Stand by Me"). Stylistically, Redding was still trying to find his feet; though he obviously had the voice and ability to pull off tender ballads like the title track, he hadn't yet given up on trying to scream like Little Richard ("Lucille"). Uneven as they may be, the tracks on Pain in My Heart get over on the sheer soulfulness of Redding's singing. Worth the price of admission alone is the underrated "Security," which was the first in a string of great uptempo Redding originals. --Dan Epstein
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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra/Asylum
  • Run Time: 31 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002IH3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As with many early Stax full-lengths, this album was built around the success of a couple hits. In this case, it was a pair of soulful ballads. What had originally been a recording session for Johnny Jenkins & The Pinetoppers (for whom Otis was the vocalist) in 1962 resulted in Otis introducing "These Arms of Mine." It was released at the end of the year and went on to become a Top 20 R&B hit, followed by "Pain In My Heart" in 1963. Another session in January 1964 produced the rest of the tracks, most of them covers. There are songs by two of Otis' heroes, Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and Little Richard's "Lucille," as well as renditions of "Stand By Me," "I Need Your Lovin'," "Louie Louie," and Rufus Thomas' "The Dog." While some of it is unremarkable filler material, Redding's "Something Is Worrying Me" and the excellent "Security" make this disc worth a listen. The backing band is Stax's legendary rhythm section, Booker T. & the MG's, with horns provided by the Mar-Keys. Jenkins plays guitar on "These Arms of Mine" and its B-side "Hey Hey Baby." At the time, Otis hadn't completely found his groove yet, so the album is fairly inconsistent. However, it's interesting to hear the seeds of what he would become, and his wonderful singing on the slow numbers was already in fine form. It stands as a promising debut record that's enjoyable but not essential. The strongest tracks off this CD can also be found on Rhino's 2-Disc Otis Redding anthology, "Dreams To Remember" (which also features "Shout Bamalama," the Pinetoppers song that brought them to Memphis in the first place).
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This is pure r&b that doesnt get any better. I can remember my parents enjoying this album. For such a very early work of Mr.Redding I think it deserves nothing less than 5 stars. The version of "the dog" is nothing less than happy and uplifting (at least to me).
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Otis Redding is among my favorite music artists. His music is unbeatable! I have a library of his music and am constantly adding to it. I love his style. It's as though he is still alive. For anyone in a slight downward mood, put some Otis on the "old stereo", and I guarantee you will come "alive!" On this particular CD, it's obvious, his heart and soul is in it! Buy it-you won't be disappointed.
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1964, the year the big man Otis Redding walked in the Stax studio and recorded his debut, "Pain In My Heart", - the first of six studio albums in his very short legendary career. There are five Redding originals here, the timeless "These Arms Of Mine" Redding's first to hit the charts, "Hey Hey Baby" is an influenced tribute to Little Richard, and also "Security", "That's What My Heart Needs", "Something Is Worrying Me",...notable covers include Ben E King's "Stand By Me", Sam Cooke's "You Send Me", The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie", Little Richard's "Lucille", - Otis Redding does a mean Little Richard almost "to a t", revealing the soulistic singer had not quite found his style on this first go around, gradually building stronger with each album reliably backed by the great Booker T and the MG's, Pain In My Heart is a good solid Otis Redding debut.
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This album was three years in the making and was the first album by Otis Redding. When he was introduced to the Stax Studios in October 1962, he was the lead singer (and chauffeur) in a successful regional band called Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers. His composition These Arms Of Mine was recorded during the final 45 minutes of a try-out Johnny Jenkins session, backed by Booker T and the MGs with Steve Cropper on piano and Johnny Jenkins adding guitar; it was released on a single (with Hey Hey Baby from the same session) a month later, and followed up by his song That's What My Heart Needs in 1963 (It's flip, Mary Had A Little Lamb, was not included on the album). Later in the year he had a hit with Pain In My Heart. This was an adaptation of Ruler Of My Heart, written by Allen Toussaint for Irma Thomas, and had another Otis composition, Something Is Worrying Me, on the other side. It was followed up by another original, Security, released in June 1964 and backed with I Want To Thank You (included on Otis's second album, Soul Ballads).

According to the Atlantic discography, Security was recorded on 16 January 1964, and the same session apparently produced all the tracks on the remainder of the album. These were all covers, selected by Otis, and included singers he admired such as Sam Cooke (You Send Me), Little Richard (Lucille), Ben E King (Stand By Me)and Memphis DJ and singer Rufus Thomas (The Dog). I Need Your Lovin' had been a hit for Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford in 1962, while Louie Louie had recently been in the charts by the Kingsmen, though Otis most likely references Richard Berry's 1956 original in his cover. Booker T and the MGs play throughout, abetted by the Mar-Keys on horns. The album, released in 1964, is uneven but includes some inspired singing and playing and a lot of soul.
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