Thursday

Otis Redding

Live In Europe - 1967
Recorded during the infamous Stax/Volt revue overseas tour in the Spring of 1967, the Live in Europe LP is a testament to the overwhelming power of soul music during this brief window in time, and the absolute rapture into which Otis Redding would send his audiences. It was coined "Beatlemania in Reverse" for good reason. Sadly, this was also the final LP Redding would see released before his death in December of that same year. As the Stax house band throughout much of the decade, Booker T and the MGs backed all of the artists on this European tour, and here do the same for Otis. Rather than the smoky, hypnotic grooves laid down by his usual touring group (as featured on his In Person at the Whiskey a Go Go LP), the MGs provide a tight, bouncy elegance that, aside from a few deviations and extended endings, keep the songs true to their studio counterparts. But as with any Otis Redding live document, his vocal prowess and ability to reinterpret his own tunes is nothing short of stunning. Now, forty years since it was recorded, the version of "Try a Little Tenderness" included here remains one of the most incredible performances of all time.


4 comments:

JLB418 said...

very nice love your blog and choices/taste of music,my Dad was a big music fan and told to check out your blog I am glad that I finally listened to him.

Anonymous said...

thanks, great blog. i love soul.

kindsaluv said...

i'd really be pleased you if could re/uploaud this gem. thanks a lot, great blog. on my list, cheers

JR HeatWarp said...

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