“Otis Blueː Otis Redding Sings Soul” by Otis Redding - album review

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TJR says

Following on from “The Great Otis Redding Sings Ballads” in March, came “Otis Blue” in September. Team Otis were just going from strength to strength at this time and this was the best serving yet; both in my eyes and in the commercial stakes. The hottest action all comes in the first half of the set. The album leads off with two of Otis’s own compositions, both of which make up the album’s lead single, released just a month before the LP. “Ole Man Trouble” (the current b-side) makes for a great starter – as ever, the whole group are sharp and Otis vocals are amazingly nuanced and expressive. The horns and organ are a treat. The A-side, “Respect” (another penned by Otis), proceeds to tear the place up with its foot-stomping brilliance; this must have been a scorcher on the dance floors. Having lost his buddy, Sam Cooke, in distressing circumstances in December ’64, “Otis Blue” pays tribute by title and by the inclusion of 3 of Sam’s songs, including a thoroughly magnificent reading of “A Change Is Gonna Come”. The fight for equal rights and social justice goes on via this soul brother. Just when you think Side 1 can’t possibly get much better, along comes another all-time classic written, once again, by the main man. “I’ve Been Loving You For Too Long” had given him his biggest single success to date, peaking at #21 in the Billboard 100 in the early summertime.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:55] 7.9.png Otis Redding - Ole Man Trouble (Otis Redding) Soul Ballad
A2 [02:05] 9.5.png Otis Redding - Respect (Otis Redding) Soul
A3 [04:17] 8.8.png Otis Redding - A Change Is Gonna Come (Samuel Cook) Soul Ballad
A4 [03:02] 7.4.png Otis Redding - Down In The Valley (Solomon Burke Sr.) Soul
A5 [03:10] 9.7.png Otis Redding - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding, Jerry Butler) Soul Ballad
B1 [02:35] 7.7.png Otis Redding - Shake (Samuel Cook) Soul
B2 [02:52] 8.8.png Otis Redding - My Girl (William Robinson, Ronald White) Soul
B3 [03:00] 7.0.png Otis Redding - Wonderful World (Samuel Cook, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert) Soul
B4 [03:20] 7.3.png Otis Redding - Rock Me Baby (Riley B. King, Joe Josea) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B5 [02:45] 6.7.png Otis Redding - (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) Soul
B6 [32:22] 7.5.png Otis Redding - You Don’t Miss Your Water (William Bell) Soul Ballad

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