“Complete And Unbelievableː The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul” by Otis Redding - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1966Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The Otis Redding dream team delivered their second high quality LP of the year in October ’66. Once again it features the Booker T. & the M.G.'s—Booker T. Jones (organ), Steve Cropper (piano, guitar), Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (bass), Al Jackson Jr. (drums)—pianist Isaac Hayes, and the Memphis Horns, consisting of Joe Arnold (tenor sax), Wayne Jackson (trumpet), Andrew Love (tenor sax) and Floyd Newman (baritone sax). There are seven Otis originals and 5 covers on this set, and once again Otis demonstrates how to turn any old ham into easy cool with renditions of “Tennesse Waltz” and “Try A Little Tenderness”. There’s an airing for Lennon and McCartney’s “Day Tripper”, clearly with half an eye on an easy dollar. The LP ascends to its greatest highs with self-penned works. “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” is a call-and-response classic and never feels dumb despite the lyrics in the chorus. That’s the Otis effect. “My Lover’s Prayer” reverts to his default mode of deep-southern soul-ballad spine-tingling greatness. Mr. Pitiful my ass; this man’s sweet soul groove albums were fab winners every time.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:40] 9.6.png Otis Redding - Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper) Soul
A2 [02:53] 6.6.png Otis Redding - I’m Sick Y’All (Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, David Porter) Soul
A3 [02:53] 6.9.png Otis Redding - Tennessee Waltz (Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart) Soul Ballad
A4 [02:26] 6.0.png Otis Redding - Sweet Lorene (Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Alvertis Isbell) Soul
A5 [03:46] 6.5.png Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Harry MacGregor Woods, James Campbell, Reginald Connelly) Soul Ballad
A6 [02:32] 7.3.png Otis Redding - Day Tripper (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Soul
B1 [03:05] 9.2.png Otis Redding - My Lover’s Prayer (Otis Redding) Soul Ballad
B2 [02:34] 6.4.png Otis Redding - She Put The Hurt On Me (Otis Redding) Soul
B3 [02:50] 5.8.png Otis Redding - Ton Of Joy (Otis Redding) Soul
B4 [03:47] 6.8.png Otis Redding - You’re Still My Baby (Chuck Willis) Soul Ballad
B5 [03:24] 6.8.png Otis Redding - Hawg For You (Otis Redding) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [02:28] 6.7.png Otis Redding - Love Have Mercy (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) Soul

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