Otis Redding – Otis Blue

Published on 12 April 2019 by

      Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, or simply Otis Blue, released September 15, 1965 on Stax Records, is the third studio album by soul singer Otis Redding. The album mainly consists of cover songs by popular R&B and soul artists, and, bar one track, was recorded in a 24-hour period over July 9/10 1965 at the Stax Recording Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Otis Blue was critically acclaimed upon release and became one of Redding’s most successful albums; it reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and was his first to reach the top spot of the Billboard R&B chart.
      Otis Redding’s Otis Blue is among the greatest albums ever made. Every moment of this record is breathtaking. This is one of the earliest albums that was true soul, and it is most likely the best. All 11 songs are incredible. Otis Blue shows just how great of a singer Redding was. ‘Bruce Eder’ Redding’s powerful, remarkable singing throughout makes Otis Blue gritty, rich, and achingly alive, and an essential listening experience. Nate Patrin of Pitchfork Media cited the album as the 1960s’ “greatest studio-recorded soul LP”, and further stated that it is “a hell of a record, the crowning achievement of a man who could sound pained and celebratory and tender and gritty and proud all at once, with a voice that everyone from John Fogerty to Swamp Dogg to Cee-lo owes a debt to”.

Otis Redding – vocals
Booker T. Jones – keyboards, piano
Isaac Hayes – keyboards, piano, producer
Steve Cropper – guitar, producer
Donald Dunn – bass
Al Jackson, Jr. – drums
Wayne Jackson / Gene Miller  – trumpet
Andrew Love – tenor saxophone
Floyd Newman – baritone saxophone
William Bell / Earl Sims –  backing vocals

Release Date: 1966
Duration: 32:22
Genre: R&B, Pop/Rock
Styles: Deep Soul, Soul
Recording Date: April, 1965 – September, 1965


Otis Redding – Otis Blue Tracklist

  1. 00:00 – One Man Trouble
  2. 02:39 – Respect
  3. 04:48 – A Change Is Gonna Come
  4. 09:04 – Down In The Valley
  5. 12:06 – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
  6. 15:03 – Shake
  7. 17:45 – My Girl
  8. 20:43 – Wonderful World
  9. 23:57 – Rock Me Baby
  10. 27:23 – Satisfaction
  11. 30:12 – You Don’t Miss Your Water

Otis Redding - Otis Blue

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