Otis Redding

Respect: Live 1967

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Respect Live 1967 is actually a retitled, repackaged DVD of a 48-minute film that has previously been available as Remembering Otis. While this contains a lot of good Otis Redding footage that counts among his best moments on camera, those trying to avoid repetition in their libraries should be aware that all of the material has been included on other video and DVD releases. The most historic and dynamic section is the color segment of his June 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, which while short (lasting five songs), shows Redding at his grittiest and joyous best. Most of the rest of the disc is devoted to excerpts from black-and-white footage taken in Oslo, Norway, in April 1967, which actually features Redding in just four of the seven songs, also including a couple from the same performance by Sam & Dave and one from the same show ("Green Onions") by Booker T. & the MG's. Though not as flashily filmed as the Monterey set, the Norway material is also very exciting. Serious Redding and soul fans should know, however, that all of the Oslo footage and more (from both Redding and other Stax label artists) from the same performance is available on the DVD Stax/Volt Revue Live in Norway 1967. The Monterey footage also appears in full on other releases, such as The Complete Monterey Pop Festival set, which also has a commentary for the Redding section by critic Peter Guralnick. Respect Live 1967 still makes for a fine concentrated dose of Otis Redding at the top of his game (and not long before his death) for those not concerned with collecting everything that's been filmed of the great soul singer.