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From the Cream of the Crate Collection – This will be an ongoing item as I work through my vinyl album collection and identify those in the collection that are simply irreplaceable, and simply a classic in their genre!

The second album I'm featuring is a tribute to the influence of the Soul Masters.

Otis Redding was born in 1941. Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was five years old. At an early age he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. Determined to help his family financially, he began to compete in the Douglass Theatre talent shows for the five-dollar prize. After winning 15 times straight, he was no longer allowed to compete.

He joined Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers in 1960, and would also sing at the “Teenage Party” talent shows sponsored by local celebrity disc jockey King Bee, Hamp Swain, on Saturday mornings initially at the Roxy Theater and later at the Douglass Theatre in Macon.

Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers drove to Memphis, Tenn., for a recording session in October 1962 at Stax Record. At the end of the session, Stax co-owner Jim Stewart allowed Otis to cut a couple of songs with the remaining studio time. The result was "These Arms of Mine", released in 1962 and he was on his way to fame. A total of six albums were released during his life (and a further four posthumously). Redding died just three days after recording Dock of the Bay, and one day before the third anniversary of Sam Cook’s death. Like other notable music greats before and since, his death was a result of an airplane crash. The year was December 10, 1967!

It can be said that the halcyon days of Soul was during the period that Otis sang, and it is just as easy to justify, that they were the halcyon years because of him. Whilst he wasn't alone, with artists such as Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke (to name a few), he shone brighter than any of them.

Otis Blue (Volt 412), was released in 1965 and I believe is among the best albums ever released, and although Dictionary of Soul is a great album, this is simply fabulous. It encompasses all of Redding’s styles of singing, from the rocking Satisfaction & Respect, through to the “Church Style’ of Change Is Gonna Come and through to sublime ballads such as I've Been Loving You Too Long and, My Girl.

It also has pride of place in my collection, it is an original U.S.A. pressing and the selection of tracks on it are among his finest.

Side 1.
1. Ole man trouble
2. Respect
3. Change Gonna Come
4. Down In The Valley
5. I’ve Been loving You Too Long

Side 2.

1. Shake
2. My Girl
3. Wonderful World
4. Rock Me Baby
5. Satisfaction
6. You Don't Miss Your Water

A video clip from 1966 of Otis Redding 'My Girl' and "Respect".

Previous Cream of The Crate Albums

#1 – Howling Wolf: Real Folk Blues

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Updated 8th April 2013 at 07:46 PM by Mick Pacholli

Rob Greaves , The Cream of The Crate