Otis Redding’s Best Live Albums, What to Listen to, and what about Vinyl?

Sorting out Otis Redding’s Live Albums can drive you mad. Here’s why: There are only 3 sources for his live performances: Live at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA. All 7 sets. April 8-10, 1966 Stax / Volt Revue tour performance. Olympia Theatre. Paris, France. Typically March 21, 1967 His set at …

Who Whistled at the end of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay?”

Short Answer: “The whistle at the end of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” belongs to longtime musician Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, who was brought in to finish the final overdubs. Longer Answer: Once upon a time, the greatest soul singer in the world wrote the greatest song the world would ever know. A song …

Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul

Its full name is “Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.” That’s about the only thing that’s wrong with this otherwise soul-quenching album. Dictionary of Soul shortcuts: Album Details Song / Track Listings Each Song (to me) – Side One – Side Two What do you think of “Dictionary of Soul”? Sources included …

“The Soul Album,” Otis Redding’s 4th studio album.

If the following is true: “Pain In My Heart“ was Otis Redding’s first solo album “The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads” was his first ‘Otis Redding’ album “Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul” was his first Stax soul album Then, by pattern, “The Soul Album” should be a first of some kind for Redding. …

Why Otis Redding is worth listening to, why I first started listening to him, and why I’ll never stop.

with friends at marina golden-gate rec area. Seriously, Sausalito is pretty much there.

Once in awhile, with family friends or fellow patrons at the pub, I get asked, “What got you into music?” My first deep dive into music started after I quit basketball in High School. It accompanied my deep dive into faith. The band I started with was the one who kept being played every thirty …

[Review] “Feelin’ Good.” David Ruffin’s Second Solo Album. Released November 1969

Shortcut: Link to Feelin’ Good on Spotify David Ruffin’s second solo album, Feelin’ Good, was released in November 1969, 6 months after the first album, My Whole World Ended. Feelin’ Good has some serious gems in it, but at times it also feels hastily slapped together to leverage the fans’ desire to see a Ruffin …

The best cover of Feelin’ Alright? might belong to David Ruffin (Sorry, Joe Cocker & Traffic).

Shortcut: a Spotify playlist of many different covers of Feelin’ Alright? from which you can compare & contrast. Monday afternoon I was driving down I-5 South towards Bakersfield. Just me, the hills, the fields, the cattle, the tundra and desert…I was gonna stay there the night and then head down to LA on Tuesday for …

[Review] Amos Lee’s “Spirit” was more soul than I was expecting. That wasn’t a bad thing.

I wanted Amos Lee’s album Spirit to be a continuation of acoustic roots that could be traced back to his first album. His depth has only grown since Mission Bell. After the As the Crow Flies EP and Mountain of Sorrows, Rivers of Song, I was expecting coronation into acoustic roots musical legacy with Spirit. …

“My Whole World Ended.” David Ruffin’s First Solo Album.

“My Whole World Ended,” is the first solo album David Ruffin performed after he got fired from left The Temps. The album as a whole is one of those you can play over and over again, especially the back-half of the album, which sounds like the classic “B-sides” back side that’s stripped down (and, therefore, …

10 Otis Redding live cuts, B-sides, and rare songs way too good for pop & oldies radio.

Everybody knows, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “These Arms of Mine,” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” but if you can’t name more than two songs outside of those three, then you really need to do a deep dive into the Otis Redding discography. If you do, you’ll find some real incredible gems that …

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