Sorting out Otis Redding’s Live Albums can drive you mad. Here’s why:
It should be noted there is a fourth source.
There is a fourth, if you include the video bootlegs of his performance on his first trip to Paris in 1966, but for that, go YouTubing or Vimeoing or Dailymotion.com for “Otis Redding Paris 1966.” I’d link to them but they get pulled, re-uploaded, pulled-again…Once you find them, watch them because you’ll never know if they’ll get posted, again.
You’ll also see him on some British pop shows during his 1966 and 1967 tour.
Watching Eric Burdon trying to keep up with him sends chills down my spine because it validates that no one could keep up with Otis Redding.
Otherwise, from these three sources you’ll find 9 live albums and 1 video (more videos if you look at YouTube / Vimeo / Dailymotion etc…)
Yeah. It sucks to keep straight.
It’s a great set. It’s nipped and tucked tight and clean to fit on a record. It’s also the album you can be certain was part of his organic album catalog release.
This isn’t typically readily available. It looks like more record company rights conflicts prevent this treasure from getting out more.
Spotify listeners will be disappointed that they won’t be able to find it there. You can find it on Amazon, most always on vinyl. It’s mixed in with the Jimi Hendrix performance, making the album that much all-the-more incredible and historic.
Also, speaking of Vimeoing and Dailymotion.com, you can typically find video Otis Redding’s entire setlist from the Monterey Pop Festival on there. Watch it many, many times. Watch it until you get Otis’ strut down cold.
Otherwise you’ll end up with The Mamas and the Papas album. Not that that’s a band thing, but it won’t be Otis’.
With so many “Whisky A Go Go” albums to choose from:
Not to mention “Live on the Sunset Strip” which also had most all the sets on there. It can be confusing. Make sure you get the one you want.
To me, it’s Otis Redding “Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings”
In “Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings,” we get all 7 sets he performed over the three days he was there. It’s relatively unfettered so you can hear their chatter between songs, his hype man Al “Brisco” Clark and everything.
The complete Whisky a Go Go sessions are the cleanest, most authentic recordings we have, warts and all. You really get to hear glimpses of Otis’ personality coming through not only in the songs, but during his interactions with the crowd and the band between songs and, sometimes, between takes. These little incredible details were often scraped out of the album versions, probably because of vinyl album’s time restraints.
And, because no one was concerned on fitting this on the side of the album, the length on some of these songs are incredible. There’s a 10-minute cover of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” from the April 10 Set 2 session, a 9:15 cut of “Satisfaction” from the April 9 Set 2 session that don’t drag. They groove. There are a bunch of songs 6 minutes and longer that just flow, and time will fly. In total, 4 hours and 47 minutes of live Otis awesomeness.
There’s just something natural about hearing “Live in Europe” that makes me jones to hear it. As previously said it, it’s the “planned” release. It’s the one they were prepared to release and promote.
Seriously, if you haven’t yet seen it, go watch it. Dailymotion.com usually has the full set. To me, it’s not his best live set. It’s rushed probably because of the festival time management constraints, but it’s the set that broke down barriers for him. It’s the reason most of us get to hear him today. And, seriously, outside of the bootlegs of his appearances on British pop shows, there ain’t but a couple hours of Otis Redding footage out there. Scoop it up, slurp it up whenever you can.
Get back to me on that. We just got a record player set up and my mama just went home after her visit out here.
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