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Album Review: Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings by Otis Redding
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Had he lived, there is a very good chance the Godfather of Soul handle would not belong to the so-called hardest working man in show business, James Brown, but rather Otis Redding. As fiery and energetic and possessing a far superior instrument, Redding was and is the epitome of soul music. Having inherited the mantle from his late mentor, Sam Cooke, Redding made sure to make his mark and make it fast.
“We’re hoping that this be one of the greatest albums that ever come out.” Otis Redding says these words just before launching into “Respect” on April 8, 1966, wrapping up the first of seven sets he’d play over the course of three days at Los Angeles’ Whisky A Go Go. A few songs earlier, he first informed the crowd that they were recording the concert with plans of releasing it as an album, playing the newly-written “Good to Me” for the second time in nine songs simply because it was the single and they needed to get it right. For his ’66 stint at the Whisky A Go Go, he was backed by his road band, the Otis Redding Revue—a ten-piece group similar to the bands who supported him whenever he toured the south.
OTIS REDDING In Person Recorded Live Good To Me Live On The Sunset Strip Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings ***** UMC SYREETA Where I’m Coming From Music Of My Mind Talking Book Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta The Rita Wright Years: Rare Motown 1967- 70 ***** Kent Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon And McCartney Let It Be: Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney And Harrison **** Ace THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS Love, Peace & Happiness/Live At Bill Graham’s Fillmore East *** Repertoire JOHNNIE FRIERSON Have You Been Good To Yourself **** Light In The Attic .