“The Soul Album” by Otis Redding - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1966Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

He’s such a masterful interpreter that it matters not whether he’s working with his own material or that of others. Released in April ’66, “The Soul Album” had a few originals, as well as borrowing from soul brothers such as Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and Smokey Robinson. All the usual gang are present: guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, drummer Al Jackson with Booker T and Isaac Hayes on keyboards. They make for such a tight group and just nail it every time; Otis and the Booker T crew were a dream team. Best on a consistently brilliant LP are the deep soul ballads “Just One More Day” and “Good To Me”, both of which are Otis originals, and “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)”, a vital reading of Wilson Pickett’s big hit from the chart of the day. His catalogue has been impeccable thus far, and this is yet another fine addition; best played at quarter to three in the morning with your lover in your arms.

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A1 [02:55] 8.1.png Otis Redding - Just One More Day (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, McElvoy Robinson) Soul Ballad
A2 [02:40] 7.5.png Otis Redding - It’s Growing (William Robinson, Warren Moore) Soul
A3 [04:00] 7.9.png Otis Redding - Cigarettes And Coffee (Eddie Thomas, Jay Walker, Jerry Butler) Soul Ballad
A4 [02:58] 8.0.png Otis Redding - Chain Gang (Samuel Cook) Soul
A5 [03:10] 6.9.png Otis Redding - Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Jimmie Cox) Soul Ballad
B1 [03:45] 9.1.png Otis Redding - Good To Me (Otis Redding, Julius Green) Soul Ballad
B2 [02:45] 7.0.png Otis Redding - Scratch My Back (James Moore) Soul
B3 [02:10] 6.8.png Otis Redding - Treat Her Right (Roy Head, Gene Kurtz) Soul
B4 [03:00] 6.7.png Otis Redding - Everybody Makes A Mistake (Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell) Soul Ballad
B5 [02:32] 6.3.png Otis Redding - Any Ole Way (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper) Soul
B6 [02:50] 8.5.png Otis Redding - 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd) Soul

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