When Otis Redding and the Stax house Band entered the recording studio on July 9, 1965 they had no idea they were about to make could music history. They all thought they were there to make a quick recording of fill ins for Redding’s third full length LP. The soul singer from Macon Georgia was on the brink of breaking through a whole new level of sales.

Otis Blue was recorded in April and July of 1965 and released September 15 the same year. An expanded reissue of it was released on April 22, 2008. Redding does a spectacular performance for this album.

This package contains two discs. The first one features a remastered version of the original in mono with an expanded version of “Respect”, Ole Man Trouble” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (which he wrote with Chicago R&B great Jerry Butler) as well as tracks from Redding’s live album “Live At Whiskey A Go Go” and the second in stereo expanded with a version of “Respect” recorded in 1967 and a list of songs recorded live in Europe.

We also can enjoy Redding’s version of Sam Cooke’s “Shake”. One of my childhood memories is hearing the Temptations, “My Girl” which Redding performs on this album too. You will find Redding’s version of Solomon Burke’s, “Down In The Valley”, B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby”, William Bell’s quintessential southern soul ballad,” You Miss Your Water” and the Rolling Stones, “Satisfaction”.

You can get your copy of this CD here.

Jan Barrett

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