CD Review: Otis Redding

Otis Redding
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector’s Edition)
By David Chiu

Otis Blue is an enduring document of Redding’s blistering Memphis soul with perfect musical backing by the great Booker T. and the MG’s and a ringing horn section. Every cut on this 1965 classic showcases Redding’s grit on the funk groove “Respect” (recorded over a year before Aretha Franklin made it her song), and the Stones’ “Satisfaction”; His delivery on slow songs “I’ve Been Loving You For So Long” and Sam Cooke’s civil rights anthem “Change is Gonna Come” is equally hard-hitting. The special Collector’s edition contains the full stereo version of Otis Blue in addition to the original mono version; alternate takes and singles; and live cuts from The Whiskey A Go-Go and Europe recorded in 1966-1967 showing what a versatile showman he was in enthusiastic performances of “My Girl” and “Shake.”

A performance by Otis Redding of “Satisfaction”:


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