Otis Redding

In Concert

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A tremendously exciting--and at seven songs, way too short--live set from arguably, the greatest soul singer of the '60s. The first two tracks--"Respect" and "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa [Sad Song]"--derive from the Stax/Volt Revue's rapturously received European tour in early 1967; the rest (save for an alternate studio take of "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay") were taped during an L.A. club gig early the previous year.

The performances are volcanic in both instances, but the sound quality on the European tracks is less than stellar--you don't get inside the music. The L.A. tracks, however, are fantastic in that regard--every detail, be it the way Redding bends pitch at strategic moments in "I've Been Loving You Too Long" or the way Duck Dunn bends a bass string to punctuate "Security," comes across in a way that almost seems cinematic. Highly recommended.

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