Album #51 – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

Album #51

This album was just what the title says: Otis Redding singing soul music. It was not his own songs on the album either. Most of the material was well known soul and r & b songs with Redding’s twist on them. The first two tracks: Ole Man Trouble and Respect were the only originals. Respect, of course, would go on to be a number one hit in 1967 for Aretha Franklin and her signature song. The version of Respect here is a different arrangement but still is just as good as Franklin’s version. The album was very soulful. I particularly liked Redding’s version of A Change Is Gonna Come which was originally written and recorded by Sam Cooke. The song was written by Cooke about the struggles through the civil rights movement in the early to mid 1960’s. Cooke’s version can sometimes be too over the top for me. Redding does the song justice and goes right to the song’s roots. It almost feels as if Redding was performing this song live on stage with his band. The whole album feels like that. I also liked Redding’s version of The Temptations classic My Girl. Redding did the song note for note but there are no harmonies in Redding’s version. I am so used to The Temptations version that I surprised me as to what Redding would do with it. Other highlights include: Wonderful World, a great version of The Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction simply titled Satisfaction and Rock Me Baby. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Today! by The Beach Boys

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