Sunday, March 10, 2013

CD Review: Stax Records Brings Together The Ballads Of Otis Redding

American soul singer/songwriter Otis Redding was one of the biggest, most popular singers in the sixties with hits like "Dock Of The Bay" and "Try A Little Tenderness." A plane crash in 1967 cut his career short and took his life way too early. Now on March 5, Stax Records released a new collection of Redding's most poignant ballads entitled "Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding."
The album comprises twelve of Redding's most soulful compositions that only enhance the argument the he is one of the best soul singers of all time. It features the hits "These Arms Of Mine," "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "My Lover's Prayer" along side lesser known gems like "Gone Again" and "Waste Of Time." The real attraction for collectors are the alternate versions of the songs "Open The Door" and a darker, more personal version of "I've Got Dreams To Remember."
The new compilation is package like a vintage Stax/Volt album release with its liner notes on the back of the album and the CD comes housed in a sleeve, just like vinyl records. The cover has a picture of Otis Redding with the outer record wearing around the edges. A classic looking piece of music indeed.
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