Otis Redding – Otis Blue – Analogue Productions 45RPM 200g Vinyl
Otis Redding’s third album presents his talent unfettered, his direction clear and his confidence emboldened, with fully half the songs representing a reach that extended his musical grasp. More than a quarter of this album is given over to Redding’s version of songs by Sam Cooke, his idol, who had died the previous December.
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul is considered by many critics to be Redding’s first great album. Recorded in April and July of 1965, it was released September 15th of that same year. The styles of Cooke and Redding couldn’t have been more different; Cooke smooth and sure, Redding raw and pleading. But Redding’s versions of “Shake” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” show how Cooke’s sound and message helped shape Redding’s Southern soul sound. Redding’s singing reaches a new level of expressiveness with this as well as with covers of B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby” and the Motown hit “My Girl.”
This great album receives the full Analogue Productions reissue treatment here, starting with Kevin Gray’s remaster from the original analog tapes. Then we back that up with 200-gram plating and pressing on super-silent vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings. Finally it’s all housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing. Deluxe all the way; you’ll be estatic with the results!
1. Ole Man Trouble
3. Change Gonna Come
4. Down In The Valley
5. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
7. My Girl
8. Wonderful World
9. Rock Me Baby
11. You Don’t Miss Your Water