Over the course of the day, Redding masterfully performed two of his most recent compositions, along with popular songs by B. This quintessential blues man bore witness to existential pain, deep sorrow and regret, sensual joy, and romantic longings with the nuanced power of a gifted poet.
Not one note, minute, or plaintive cry is wasted. One version is taken from a show and the other from his Live in Europe release. Why Redding excelled in so many situations had a great deal to do with both his connectedness to his roots and his cultural confidence.
King's "Rock Me Baby", with some of the best-timed "heh" asides this side of James Brown; a stomping version of Solomon Burke's "Down in the Valley" that ratchets up both the gospel beatitude and the secular lust; the staggering reworking of William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" that has one of the most devastating pleading-man lead vocals in the entire Stax catalog.
But there's also two other covers that really show what Redding could do in a different sort of pop context. Of all the versions of "My Girl" that sprang up in the wake of the Tempations' career-making December release, Otis' is especially inspired, twisting its familiar melodies against it and interjecting a few unexpected pauses and shifted inflections; the way he delivers its once-familiar chorus just a little off-balance can deke you right out of your socks.
Much of Redding's popularity in the UK hinged on this track, which was released in England by Atlantic to capitalize on the fact that it was one of the few places the Temptations' version hadn't caught on. And his transformative take on " I Can't Get No Satisfaction", growling and sneering and wailing against a mph backbeat sounds like even more of an impressive accomplishment whenyou take into account the fact that he hadn't even heard the Rolling Stones' original version at the time he recorded the song.
The covers are supplemented on this collection by four originals, two of which-- the mournfully harried "Ole Man Trouble" and the Jerry Butler-co-written "I've Been Loving You Too Long" with its priceless ending crescendo of desperation-- are evidence enough that he wasn't just a flashy interpreter.
Another is "I'm Depending on You", the B-side to "I've Been Loving You Too Long", and it's a simple, perfectly fine vehicle for him to turn unremarkable lyrics into remarkable vocalizations. The other one, of course, is "Respect"-- the song that Redding liked to joke was "stolen" from him by Aretha Franklin. This is a great album and well worth a listen. I tend to prefer stereo records over mono but on this particular one I found the stereo remastering to be quite poor and I have since bought the mono version.
I have to say the mono pressing is vastly superior. Total rubbish and waste of time don't waste your money buying it I got a full refund I don't know how Amazon list this rubbish through total waste of money. Recieved quickly and in excellent condition. Played well and brought back lots of memories. Got it as an LP when I got my first record player. Report abuse.
If you are a fan of soul music you must get this for your collection. It is a unique tine capture of a time when Otis was at the top of his game. I had the vinyl of this as a teenager and just wanted it for my collection namely for his cover version of 'I can't get no satisfaction'. While buying the CD I also found a vinyl copy so happy days. Recommended investment for any soul fan! What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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Ring Smart Home Security Systems. Blink Smart Security for Every Home. More than a quarter of this album is given over to Redding 's versions of songs by Sam Cooke , his idol, who had died the previous December, and all three are worth owning and hearing. Two of them, "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," are every bit as essential as any soul recordings ever made, and while they and much of this album have reappeared on several anthologies, it's useful to hear the songs from those sessions juxtaposed with each other, and with "Wonderful World," which is seldom compiled elsewhere.