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Otis Redding

  • Dictionary of Soul [Volt, 1966]
  • The Immortal Otis Redding [Atco, 1968]
  • Love Man [Atco, 1969] A
  • Tell the Truth [Atco, 1970] B+
  • The Best of Otis Redding [Atlantic, 1972]
  • Recorded Live: Previously Unreleased Performances [Atlantic, 1982] B-
  • Remember Me [Stax, 1992] Choice Cuts
  • Live in London and Paris [Stax, 2008] **

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Dictionary of Soul [Volt, 1966]
[CG70s: A Basic Record Library; CG80: Rock Library: Before 1980]

The Immortal Otis Redding [Atco, 1968]
[CG70s: A Basic Record Library; CG80: Rock Library: Before 1980]

Love Man [Atco, 1969]
Although the tender passages aren't quite up to his best, this is Redding's best lp since "Immortal." Dig especially the scatting on "I'm a Changed Man." A

Tell the Truth [Atco, 1970]
Atlantic is obviously scraping bottom on Otis--there's nothing here I'd play to prove he was the greatest soul singer who ever lived, and several of the performances sound exploratory. But almost every track offers some special moment--the curly little horn part on "Give Away None of My Love," Otis's offer to bet "five dollars and a quarter or even more" on "Snatch a Little Piece," his tributes to fellow Maconites James Brown and Richard Penniman. And even when he's got-ta got-ta got-ta do his shtick he's one of a kind. B+

The Best of Otis Redding [Atlantic, 1972]
[CG70s: A Basic Record Library; CG80: Rock Library: Before 1980]

Recorded Live: Previously Unreleased Performances [Atlantic, 1982]
Eight cuts from the engagement that produced In Person at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, recorded in April 1966, twenty months before he died, and unreleased until late 1978. Only two of three new titles are attached to new songs, including an "A Hard Day's Night" that's apparently a warm-up for the "Day Tripper" on Live in Europe. Sounds good anyway, atonal horns and all, but it's docked a notch for making one wonder why almost all the classic studio stuff is currently unavailable. B-

Remember Me [Stax, 1992]
"Trick or Treat"; "Send Me Some Lovin'"; "Cupid" Choice Cuts

Live in London and Paris [Stax, 2008]
Hot mix of two concerts that duplicate the one memorialized as Live in Europe way back in 1967 ("Try a Little Tenderness," "Respect"). **

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