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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

Otis Redding

1965

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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

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5

Nice! This bops!

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Enjoyable compilation of very good songs covered very well by Otis Redding, what more could one want on a rainy day?

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5

The pace, the horns, the voice: They're all so close to perfect! It's a slow but steady and energetic blues walk through songs both familiar and not. I suppose the ones I didn't know had better become known: This deserves its classic status with every cut.

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5

One of the all-time best soul albums of all time - Otis Redding has an amazing voice and is backed up by an incredible instrumentation

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5

Listening to this album feels like participating in music history. Great covers. Great originals that would go on to be covered (Respect). Funky, soulful, uplifting. What else can be said? Best track: Down in the Valley

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5

This was a fun one. At times, it's light-hearted, at times it's full of pain and sorrow... it runs the gamut in a way that most records from this era refuse to and it comes out the other end stronger for it. While Respect is weird (and a little dark) when sung by a man, it's balanced with wonderful covers of the perennial classics, My Girl, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and Wonderful World. So much great music and misicianship on display. Easy five.

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5

One of the G. O. A. T albums, in my top 5. 10/10

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Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965) Themes: My interpretation is that Otis opens the album with a plea to be spared from pain. The inflections in his voice seem to come from a place that knows his actions are at least partially to blame for the trouble he constantly finds himself in. It’s followed by a demand for respect from his loved one as he feels under appreciated for his sacrifices in the working world. It seems that as a result, he seems to unknowingly distance his loved one as a result of his outburst. The album continues as the distance grows yet his heart grows fonder as well. He reaches a point where he feels the love become a balance between a sunk cost fallacy and him truly loving this girl and feeling that way earnestly. It seems the love is rekindled and it’s followed by a few tracks of celebration of enjoying love and life. Otis finally comes to terms that he is his own worst enemy and can’t be satisfied despite the love finally returning to him. Again, as a flawed man plagued by his actions, he is left, this time for good. He sings this very painfully and is very remorseful, but also with a tone of acceptance that has finally come to terms with his shortcomings as the other half to someone else. Notes: I knew about Respect being his original work and becoming iconic through Aretha Franklin, but I had no idea about Otis covering The Rolling Stones on this record, he does an amazing job and gives it his own spin. Score and Review: This album is an undeniable classic. Otis is a king at displaying emotion with his raw vocals and soulful crooning, the instrumentals blow you away with the trumpets being a highlight throughout the record. I’m giving it a 9/10, it’s damn near perfect, deducting a little bit as there are a few covers on here, although they work great. He also has quite a few fadeouts on here which I am not a fan of as a trend in music, few times do they work as a purposeful ending to a song in my opinion, and this record is so amazing that I think a truly definitive ending to these tracks could make them even more impactful.

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Certainly some solid hits, but the album plays out as one long thought without much variation. It's pretty mono-thematic and is very much "music I put on when I want to fuck", and there's nothing wrong with that. I also can't divorce the album from its association with sentimental white people dancing at weddings.

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Love the vamping and jamming at the end of the songs. Is this the best covers album ever? Would it be better if he wasn’t doing covers and just camping and jamming. Backing band deserves credit for the jams. I found this album to be punctuated by the fade outs, songs always ended just when he was beginning to have fun—probably a radio play thing, but it’s cutting off the best part of the band and his performance each time. I think these songs would each be 7 minutes in a modern album. Love track 1, intro is on point, love that guitar sound, saved for later. Less of a fan of track 2, generic swing R&B. Voice really shines in track 3, better than the Sam Cooke original. Track 4 really swings, head bopper, would be fun to dance to, loved the skat at the end. Track 5 is another song showcasing the voice, nice waltz, hood breakdown at the end. Track 6 is swinging but kind of cookie cutter, though it includes the line, “shake it like a bowl of soup” haha. Track 7, hard to beat the vocal harmonies of the temptations on the chorus, the vibrato on “girl” is beautiful. Track 8, another cover, meh, does include the line, “I don’t know what a slide rule is for” lol, anti-intellectualism. Track 9, Nice driving blues, guitar solo in the middle was just okay, he does ask the girl to fuck him until “my back ain’t got no bones.” Track 10, don’t like this version of satisfaction, worst song on album, original is more nuanced. Track 11, nice ballad, chill, FADE OUTS!!

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I should love this. But I don't. I still feel the same as I did when I heard it as a teenager - it's somehow not what I want it to be.

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5

classic rnb album. worth the listen

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Smooth.

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5

Amazing!!!!

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5

Have listen to a few of his song, always a good time.

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5

So many songs sampled from this album

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Du sucre à mes oreilles. Ecouté et réécouté inlassablement.

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my girl ...

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5

Practically the definitive 60s soul album. Loaded with a few covers but every song is distinct and made his own. Long live Otis

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5

Again me saying more things about a Soul artifact like this seems silly. Some of these iconic songs honestly seem like they descended from a higher realm.

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5

The definitive Soul album. About half the album is covers (Satisfaction is the standout IMO). Aretha Franklin covered Respect from this album.

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5

Otis covers - feels like hanging out with a friend

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5

Never listened to this actual LP, though pretty much all of the songs were familiar. Absolutely fantastic.

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Legendary.

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5

I consider this a near perfect album. Redding's voice has such authority. He is missed.

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It's Otis Redding. Doing what he does, so well.

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5

made me feel something. very soulful. they don’t make it like this anymore

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Blues for my soul, RnB for my body

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Otro pedo este wey

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GREAT

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I liked this one.

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Good

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5

A lot of songs that are fundamental in the Lexicon of soul, rock, and pop. Very cool and jam-packed with hits.

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Very good. 5 stars

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What can you say. A masterpiece

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5

Simply amazing. Temazos todos

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5

Great album. Some classic hits that are great to sing along to. Otis has such a distinctive voice and the tunes are fantastic. Also great to hear some slower numbers that are less well known.

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5

An absolute classic. I never get tired of listening to this.

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5

stone cold classic. The voice :adore: the arrangments :adore: 9.3/10. Minor points off for (probably) overfamiliarity and me not being fussy about a few of the original songs. A minor quibble.

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Wonderful. The musicianship from the band is incredible and what a voice. Nearly lost a point for the Stones cover which I'm not sure works but that'd be churlish. 5/5

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5

Great voice. Filled with classic tracks. Wish I could write a slightly less asinine review :D

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Obvious 5, probably listened to it more than any other album all the way through

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Classic, wonderful album. Beautiful singing and excellent musicianship, particularly love the bass work.

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Otis Redding could sing K-Pop, Rap or Country, doesn’t matter to me, he’s the MAN.

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Excellent. Otis Redding is so easy to listen to.

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Amazing album! Perfect for a cozy rainy morning or a dimly lit evening in. Vocals and brass that show why Otis is so well known.

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Soul primigenio, puro. Mítico. Discazo.

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Brilliant.

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5

Had no idea that Otis was the first one to write and perform 'Respect' - massive tune. Feels like a 4, feels so classy and original. Damn, every track is a classic, Respect, My Girl and Satisfaction. Gotta be a 5/5, its an album full of classics

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Her - vor - ra - gend

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I can listen to this album on repeat all day. Such a great voice and artist. Gone too soon.

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5

Excellent. Mostly covers. All hits.

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5

Absolutely beautiful album. Otis did a wonderful cover of "Change Gonna Come" and "Wonderful World".

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Listened to it twice in a row. A great soul record.

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Classic

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5

So good that it looks like a greatest hits: Respect, A Change is Gonna Come, My Girl and a cover of I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)

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5

Man knew how to bang.

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Fire

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5

A perfect record

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5

This is already getting 5 stars before I even listen. Otis Redding is one of my favorites.

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Stand out tracks were "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "You Don't Miss Your Water".

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Phenomenal album. Might have been how my day was going but this one hit me just right. Every song has a great groove. Love the Satisfaction cover. New find for me will be listening to this one many more times.

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A wonderful soul album.

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5

Listened to some of it, it was okay. Had classics I had no idea about

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amazing

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5

Чистое великолепие соул-музыки!

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5

Excellent album.

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5

Very lovely

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Love Otis!

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5

More soul than SHACK's size 18 shoes. Soul/sole - see what I did there?

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I once grew the nail on my big toe so long that when I eventually clipped it, instead of using a key like everyone else, I would use the toe nail as a cocaine shovel. Yes, endless nights were spent shovelling charlie up my schnozz and listening to Otis Redding. Everyone in London knew me. I was a somebody, the toe nail king of the West End. I've left all that behind me now though and can't even look at a bare foot without wincing.

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1965 - Blues / Band / Soul

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Otis Redding had such an expressive voice. It was versatile, acrobatic, yet had a persistent grit to it. However, on songs like 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' his voice smooths out revealing its delicacy. His songs are buoyant with a lilting beat and a robust horn section. He simply inhabits the music in a way that only the best soul/R&B artists do.

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A stone cold classic album - Otis with one of the best backing bands ever.

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Amazing.

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Every song a stone cold classic.

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5

What a voice, what songs, what versions. It's achingly beautiful.

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5

Wow what a find!

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5

Very blue or soul idk, but I liked the whole album.

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5

The title is self-explanatory: Otis Redding gives his soul spin on classic tunes.

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5

When it comes to soul music, this is as good as it gets. For some reason My Girl sounded particularly good, and it was interesting to hear Redding's version of Wonderful World, a song obviously made famous by the great Sam Cooke. A superb album that made my day.

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5

Classic soul album. Timeless. Can listen to it any moment.

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5

Absolute classic, bangers all around

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5

The Immortal Otis Redding. I grew up listening to this, and I got the album with Jimi Hendrix and Otis on each side from the Monterrey Pop festival. His voice is amazingly textured.

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5

Never a bad time for Otis.

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Anything Otis is automatically 5*

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5

um clássico efêmero. parece, ao mesmo tempo, muito mais novo e antigo do que é.

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LOVE

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5

A great album of covers - Otis Redding just has such a phenomenal voice. Incredible

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5

It doesn’t get more classic soul than this.

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5

Very nice album

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Classic

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5

very good!

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5

One of the best albums so far this year

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Sorry I can't write any notes because I am still recovering from this sexual experience

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5

Some good ass soul. Otis is the man

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fuck yes otis - banger after banger

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Can't go wrong with Otis

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5

Did not fully listen but I love his voice

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5

DIdn't know that he did Respect and all of these other bangers??? This is so good Change is gonna come is such a great song. Absolutely loved

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Otis Redding’s powerful, passionate vocals were simply stunning, stop you in your tracks good. Even his outtakes were a thrill. Distilled, here, then, the essence of Otis as he ballads (I’ve Been Loving You Too Long) and dances (Respect, Shake) and even rocks (Satisfaction) his way through a near perfect album. The band are great, the vibrant horns act as his backing singers, creating this wonderful mood throughout. What we lost the day he died, taken too soon. His legacy lives on.

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5

extreme high school memories

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5

Brilliant

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5

All the originals

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5

This was honestly a fun and joyous listenting experience to be honest. Never would've come across it unless I was taking a music course or went to the US. Has that precise balance of swaying ballads, soul and bumping rock numbers with horns throughout that compliment the sound well.

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Discazo. No importa que son covers mayormente, todos están ejecutados de maravilla y con arreglos que quedan perfecto con la rola original y con el estilo vocal de Otis. La versión de Respect casi le llega a la más famosa de Aretha, pero la de Satisfaction sí le gana a la de los Stones. Por cierto, hay una versión de coleccionistas que trae muchas repetidas, pero por ahí hay algunas en vivo que pueden valer la pena.

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One of the most incredible voices of all time

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Years ago I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A couple of things I saw on that trip are burned in my memory: John Lennon's glasses, and two rumpled remnants of a H18 Beechcraft airplane. Otis Reddding's name was painted on the pieces. I think about that plane frequently when I hear his music, and listening to him is always a bit of a bittersweet experience. Otis Blue isn't a perfect album, but there are several songs on here that are so exceptional that they elevate the whole thing leagues beyond other soul albums. It's silly to quibble over 4 or 5 stars when the music is this good. Otis Redding is a titan among vocalists. He has an ability to exude such earnest sorrow and joy in a way very few singers can. You feel these songs in your bones. Now, most of the songs on this album are covers, but Redding was brilliant as a cover artist. He really makes these songs his own, even songs as iconic as "Satisfaction" or "Change Gonna Come." The star track of course is one Redding wrote with Jerry Butler, the achingly beautiful "I've Been Loving You Too Long." It's arguably the best song Redding ever recorded and possibly the best soul song ever. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): I've Been Loving You Too Long, Change Gonna Come, You Don't Miss Your Water, Satisfaction, Shake, Ole Man Trouble, Down in the Valley, Respect, My Girl, Rock Me Baby, Wonderful World

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5

Amazing renditions. Otis was so immensely talented!

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What else is there to say? It's Otis fucking Redding, one of the greatest Soul singers of all time. This album clips along with nothing but passion behind it. No song is wasted on Otis and the band backing him.

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4

60’er soul, kraftfuldt, passioneret

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У меня практически нет ни познаний в блюзе, ни наслушанности в нём же, но даже для моего неподготовленного уха все песни звучат очень приятно. Не знаю, вернусь ли я к этому альбому когда-либо ещё, но этот опыт был определенно положительным.

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4

Best song: My Girl Notable covers: Wonderful World, Satisfaction Notable songs from same artist: Sittin on the Dock of the Bay

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Liked it

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4

Covers of some classics, originals of some classics. Enjoyable and soulful through and through

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4

Smooth

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4

Nice R&B. Would listen again.

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4

too many bangers

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4

ma gurl

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4

Solid soul/blues album. I didn’t know that Otis Redding wrote Respect.

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4

Pure skill: Otis, the backing band, the Stax production--all of it.

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4

that was just awesome. what a voice, and what a view into its time.

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funky

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One of the greatest voices in the history rock n roll

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4

Don't know much about History <3 Viele Classics wie " I can't get no satisfaction"

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Amazing soul, so many great tracks that Otis makes his own.... and apparently the whole album was recorded over 24 hours!? Fave track - "Change Gonna Come", but "My Girl" and "Satisfaction" get honorable mentions.

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4

Soulful delivery; mostly covers, but man this dude can sing.

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Classic. Iconic. Otis shows his soul

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I don’t think anyone can hate this style of music. This early soul was very influential on what became modern day R&B and I thoroughly enjoy the sound of these pioneers. Otis sings with such emotion and power and the songs on the album really bring it out. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Bangerz

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This is one of the hidden gems in the book that I never listened to and shows a great piece of art. Exceptional, for sure. I didn't like so much of these versions of "My Girl" and "Satisfaction", but the album is brilliant.

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4

Clásicos

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4

Whole lotta classics. One of must have of the genre

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I like this!

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Beautiful, soulful, timeless. Redding himself has some amazing writing credits on this album - "Ole Man Trouble", "Respect"... The rest of the tracks are rearranged and sung with that grit and conviction.

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4

Smooth smooth album. Easiest of easy listening

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Great soul album

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4

Enjoyable. The start of the album is excellent and I think the tail-end (signified by 'Can't Get No Satisfaction') wanes enough to lose a star.

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4

Mood inducing. Good ones.

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good

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4

This man could sing The Times Obituary and make it feel uplifting. 11 great songs, averaging about 3 minutes in length each. Would Otis have been able to do this in the modern music Industry?

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4

Like a 100% Soul compilation

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4

Really, really good! So many hits and songs I didnt realise were his. Very enjoyable

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I don't listen to a lot of soul music but he has an incredible voice.

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Listen to the deluxe album

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 16/30 Innovation: 12/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 17/20 =78 awww this was so good

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Love the way the drums were recorded. Tight, big brass. Tasteful guitar. All the big hits - standards now. Is there anyone else past or present that can step to this? Al Green? Sam Cooke? Have you heard the Otis live at Whiskey A-Go-Go album? Oh baby boy. I never put classic soul/R&B on at home. Aren't we all supposed to play Otis while we prep a pot roast dinner for our sweeties? Aren't we all supposed to drink wine and slow dance to Otis in candlelight with bellies full of pot roast? Why the hell is there a white woman on the cover? A

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Who doesn't love Otis? Whoever it is, they're wrong, and I wouldn't mind slapping them about the head. This album is just lovely, you can't argue with that voice, it's everything a soul voice should be. Otis sets the tone for millions of others to follow. A lovely listen.

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4

Pretty good -- would be a 3.5. I'll think about whether a 3 or 4. My gut said 4 so I'll go with that.

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4

4.5/5 great blues album!

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4

Wonderful album full of iconic songs, cover songs and some I had never heard before. Definitely an artist ahead of his time. Only complaint is it was short, but short and sweet!

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4

A generational talent. The songs muddle together a bit, but these are phenomenal covers - My Girl was a highlight, that shit sounds amazing. A solid 4 Saved: Ole Man Trouble, My Girl, You Don't Miss Your Water

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4

God I fucking love Otis. An excellent, excellent record from an excellent performer, even if much of it is covers. Probably some of the best covers out there, if I'm being honest.

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4

Redding's powerful, remarkable singing throughout makes Otis Blue gritty, rich, and achingly alive, and an essential listening experience.

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4

Great soulful singing. Did not know this was the first recording of Respect! Great covers of Satisfaction and My Girl too.

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4

It's nice to hear Otis covering some classics. His voice is just so darn good. I like Sittin' By the Dock of the Bay but I feel like that's all I ever hear.

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Mi piace molto il genere e questo è un bel disco, di quelli che non mi stanco mai di sentire. Arriverei quasi a mettere 5 ma gli manca un qualcosa per farlo arrivare tra i miei top, ma otis è comunque un peso massimo.

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4

Oooh this should be good. Yep this was a solid 4. Nothing life changing but good all the way through.

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What a good album. Emotion, grit. Very enjoyable listen.

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Classic.

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Busy and ambitious.

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By the cover I thought Otis Blue was a female artist. Ended up finding out that no, Otis Blue is a male and, by the way, it's not even Blue, but Redding, which is cute but "Blue" would be nicer. Also, listened the album while writing and it worked well. Wrote a chronicle about eggs and crying. Anyways, it was very good. Particularly find "Wonderful world" kinda stupid but whatever. Some super famous songs like "My Girl" and "Satisfaction" are featured on this, which is, I imagine, the biggest reason why they would recommend this. Although, there are other bangers. Especially that intro track and "Down by the valley" This was the first soul album I've ever listened and I intend to go back to it and also search another records.

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4

Un classique du soul.j’adore 4.85

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Soulful

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4

Really good album especially for covers

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4

I really liked the vibe of the whole album. "A Change is Gonna Come" sounds a whole lot like "I'm gonna find Another You" from John Mayer and I love it.

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4

Great soul and blues. Highlights were definitely Respect, My Girl and Satisfaction.

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4

main character moment

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The first song is called 'Ole Man Trouble' and it made me think of Ole's Man Utd trouble. Really needs a result against Villareal tonight. Robert Plant's favourite from this is 'Rock Me Baby'. He nonces babies. Otis Redding is pretty good.

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4

solid.

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Awesome. Great musician.

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4

a pretty good album, i can definitely hear the motifs that would be repeated by other artists that would have heard this growing up. overall, a decent slapper

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4

A good set of covers, makes me want to listen to some more Sam Cooke

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4

This was the first album of this type of music I've ever listened to, and honestly I really liked it. It's music that my grandparents listen to but it's filled with soul. Everything blends together so well, whether it's the instruments or the vocals everything has it's place. I didn't know "satisfaction" from the rolling stones was a cover and I heard "my girl" on a commercial before. I feel like some of the songs dragged a bit but apart from that I enjoyed it very much and would definitely revisit it. 7.2/10

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4

It was fun. Gotta get some good soul

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4

Dried ingots of pure soul. Was a bit disappointed to learn most are covers, rather than the other way around. Went from 5 to 4

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4

I am so excited to see this album. I looove blues, soul, and Otis Redding.

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4

Good saxophones. Tracks are short. Interesting in that it's basically a covers album. "Shake" has sampling potential I reckon. Didn't enjoy "Respect" much actually. Standouts for me: "Ole Man Trouble", "Shake", "Wonderful World"

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Would definitely buy this one

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Track 01 - 3.5/5 Track 02 - 3/5 Track 03 - 4/5 Track 04 - 4/5 Track 05 - 4.75/5 Track 06 - 3.75/5 Track 07 - 4/5 Track 08 - 3.75/5 Track 09 - 4/5 Track 10 - 3/5 Track 11 - 3/5 Overall: 4/5 Album Art: 3/5

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buenardo

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Good stuff. Nice original songs and covers. Interesting to hear songs that went on to be much more famously done by other people.

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Good relaxing music

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8/10

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Such a great listen. Great voice

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Love Otis Redding. I have a live album of him (Good To Me: Live at the Whiskey A Go Go) that's just amazing. If you only know him from Dock of the Bay it's not obvious how great of soul singer he is. I'm not sure the recording quality here really captures him like the live album I have does but glad to see this on the list. Definitely an enjoyable listen.

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Otis Redding has an amazing voice that is a treat to listen to. However, many of these songs are covers with mixed results. "Satisfaction" with horns was pretty cool, but the chorus of "My Girl" was jarring to listen to with a solo singer as the harmonies have been replaced by awkward pauses and drawn-out notes. I had no idea that this was the original version of "Respect" but Aretha Franklin's cover is superior. Also, who/why is the random blonde lady on the cover?

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second greatest soul singer behind sam cooke. man otis could really sing

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Pretty good. I've long liked classic soul and am of course familiar with Otis Redding, whose voice is top notch on this album. I particularly like his renditions of the two Sam Cooke songs A Change Is Gonna Come and Wonderful World, as well as You Don't Miss Your Water. It's not interesting or spectacular enough for 5 stars in my book, but certainly a good listen.

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I am not truly familiar with Otis Redding, Except for the hit songs (SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY and TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS. I also know Aretha Franklin’s cover of RESPECT, which I was surprised to learn was composed by Otis (but I have not heard his original version). Interesting that Aretha changed the lyrics a bit to reflect a distinct perspective instead of just simply changing the gender. It makes me wonder with Aretha’s version does Otis get 100% of the royalties or zero or is there a split? I also knew the original version of MY GIRL from The Temptations, but not heard Otis' version. I really like Otis and this album. There is a good amount of consistency in the songs that are covered, and his soulful singing style adds spark. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, this is the only album included in the book. I would have thought with Otis he would have another entry. Rate Artist: OTIS REDDING (4.5) Rate Album (Year): OTIS BLUE/OTIS REDDING SINGS SOUL (1965 Original) (4.5)

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This was smooth and soulful and exactly what I needed today. I can see this being on regular rotation.

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Great singer, lovely album, mostly covers but makes them his own, just misses out on 5 stars. I think this might become by go to Soul album.

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Love a change is gonna come, and the version of Satisfaction. A pretty satisfying soul album, although it doesn't include my fave of his - These Arms of MIne.

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Really great listen with tons of classics. The highlight is definitely Redding’s vocals. Enjoyed listening, would put it on, but not the most mind blowing, impactful record I’ve heard. At least not personally. I think it’s because these songs are just cultural staples, we’ve heard them so many times it’s easy to become jaded. But taking time to sit down and hear the emotion in his voice is something special.

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The "O" in soul stands for Otis.

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I find listening to a full album of soul is often difficult even with excellent signers. This album didn’t have that problem since there's a lot of diversity both in tempo and his vocal ranges.  It’s mostly covers but that was the era. It’s interesting that one of the few originals is Respect which is the song that is perhaps best known for the cover Aretha Franklin later did.  I remember the Stones covering “I’ve been loving you too long” on a terribly mixed recording that was their first live album. It’s interesting that the Stones cover of Otis and Otis’ cover of Satisfaction came so soon after the originals were released.  Did they do a pinky swear? Damn his version of Satisfaction is good.

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It was a good album with a lot of well known songs. It was enjoyable and I would listen to it again.

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3rd listen. 4/5. Some great Otis classics like I've Been Lovin' You Too Long, Respect (which Aretha Franklin's version became a classic). and Satisfaction (his version of the Rolling Stones classic is unique and soulful). Other Notable songs: You Don't Miss Your Water, Down in the Valley, Change Gonna Come, Rock me Baby, Wonderful World, and My Girl.

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Much that's familiar, but also quite enjoyable.

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just lovely, smooth but gravelly, fun but sad

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This is a great album but as is often the problem when there's an album with a bunch of covers, there are better versions out there for most of these. "Respect" is not a cover but there is also a better version elsewhere. Still great for what it is.

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This guy has the pipes. Damn good, but some unnecessary horns mixed throughout.

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It lives up to the praise - a fine selection of classic Otis Redding and Stax House band soul pop. A great listen. Fills you with sadness that we lost another star so early and not through self destruction this time.

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Really good, listened to this a few times because it was good

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Enjoyed

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Prefs: Ole Man Trouble, Respect, Shake, My Girl, Wondeful World, Satisfaction Moins pref: Rock Me Baby

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Super solid. Only thing that doesn't click for me is the BB King cover which seems misplaced for some reason.

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Good stuff

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Smooth classic

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Otis was the man!

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Good covers of great songs. A good album to start the 1001 albums with

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8,5

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Wow. I mean, really, one of those special albums from which one just feels so much as it's played. I knew a lot more of the tracks than I would've guessed and was glad to discover the ones new to me. Fantastic.

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I felt a bit harsh only giving 'Back in Black' 3 stars so glad this came along to reinforce that it was reasonable. It's a bunch of covers and the songs I know (e.g. Respect, My Girl, Satisfaction) aren't as good as the originals but everything about this still sounds classic. That Stax houseband was so good

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Sequencia de soul envolvente com equilíbrio de hits e cover

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it was nice n groovy :) i enjoyed listening to it.

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It's sad to think that more than half of the songs on this album were written by Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, and that within two years of the release of this album, both of them would be dead (Cooke died prior to the recording of the album). Both incredible tragedies for the world of music, both for the loss of their voices and their masterful songwriting. Redding's massive talent is on full display here. What I wouldn't give for a higher quality of recording for this album. It's an issue that plagues a lot of these Stax recordings. Despite this, though, the beauty of these songs are undeniable. Even when he's covering famous songs, he always manages to make them his own 4/5

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4, classics

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Demasiado largo.

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Soul con versiones de canciones conocidas. Un 4.

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Niebieski Otis z 65 jest trzecim studyjnym krazkiem czlowieka ikony soula z ktorego sluchac prawdziwa dusze artysty, a do ktorego legendy przyczynilo sie zbyt szybkie i tragiczne zejscie ze sceny, ale co do samego niebieskiego albumu, to w wiekszosci jest on zbiorem coverow klasykow r&b, chociaz w tamtych czasach to musialy byc raczej aktualnie topowe szlagiery, jedynie dwa pierwsze z jedenastu utworow to kompozycje piora pana Reddinga, ale w tym wypadku nie jest wazne dla mnie kogo lub co spiewane jest, ale w jaki sposob pan Otis potrafi wyrazic siebie i przekazac sluchaczowi energie swym glosem, potrafi dotknac zarowno smutkiem, jak i zarazic pozytywna energia w zaleznosci od traka, jesli chodzi o akompaniujaca mu bande to slychac tutaj klasyczny jazzowy sklad klawisze, horny i saksy, drumy, dodatkowo nadajacym charakteru nagraniu sa gitary zarowno bas jak i elektryk, ktory potrafi sie odezwac raz co jakis czas, ale robi tym roznice, no i tworzy sample wykorzystywane pol wieku pozniej w produkcjach chocby pana Westa, bo jesli przed przesluchem tego albumu wiedzialem, ze sporo wokali Otisowych sie przewija w jego dyskgrafii, nie tyko na kolabie z panem Jayem, ale slysze jak duzo instrumentalnie czerpal on z jego tworczosci, najlepsze sample to te ktore pochodza z jamowania, a tak mozna nazwac proces nagrywania tego krazka, do ktorego nagrania zamknely sie w 24 h, dodatkowo z przerwami zeby zagrac cos dla ludzi, wiec na szybko bez szlifowania do granic mozliwosci materialu, taki wlasnie typ muzyki z ktorego slychac zywego czlowieka przemawia do mnie najbardziej, wiec nawet pomimo tego ze jest to kompilacja utworow, ktore juz znalem wczesniej, to i tak sluchalo sie tego jakosciowo, no i samo nagranie to tylko 32 minuty, wiec nie ma miejsca na filerowe granie, chyba najwiekszym zaskoczeniem byla wersja wonderfulowego worlda, ktora brzmi calkowicie inaczej niz ta ktora mialem zawsze w glownie, czyli wersji pana Armstronga, a chyba bardziej brzmi jak orginalne nagranie od pana Cooka, wiec leci na soulowa plejke razem z my girl i down in the valley za ten sampel gitarowy, ktory skads kojarze, ale nie moge przypomniec sobie skad, czuje ze nie jest to ostatni pick od pana Reddinga na liscie

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Yeah, this was ok. Otis sings the hits.

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This is pretty cool, just that oldies-style blues stuff. But like heaps of music with this writing/production etc, it's also that bit too dated for me to honestly rate it in 2021. 3/5?

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satisfaction is kinda cool in this style

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3-

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Great soul record.

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it sounds nice but it’s not something i'd personally put on a lot necessarily

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Good album of own and cover songs but nothing remarkable or outstanding so a solid 3

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Pretty long album, mellow chill music

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Some really classic tunes on here, I can't see myself consistently listening but it was good stuff. I think it's worth the three stars for My Girl, Wonderful World, Satisfaction, and Respect.

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Ok music. 3.5 stars

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This is how you do covers. Great vibes. 3.5

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Good old Soul

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Suave.

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I dig it. It’s fun to hear some classics through his voice.

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Pretty good. Still prefer the "original" versions for most of the songs. 5-6/10

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Soul.

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Wieder einige bekannte songs. Rolling stones etc Zu viel blasmusik

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Best track - Ole Man Trouble Nice album, nothing particularly stand out.

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Schon nett

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Good album, very well-rounded. You could be listening to it all day long to keep the good vibe going.

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"You were tired and you want to be free My love is growing stronger, as you become a habit to me" (I've Been Loving You Too Long) "Shake it like a bowl of soup" (Shake) Aquí estoy, empezando la mañana con un bailecito.

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Solid covers album

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Cracking soul voice. Nice to know all the songs, but in essence an album of covers.

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Some good stuff in there, though not his best work IMHO.

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Great, it’s a classic. We listened while we read and enjoyed it. ***

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Ok album, some good songs on it. Not my cup of tea though.

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Great voice and band, song choices a bit of a mish mash here though

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Inferior versions of 'Respect' and ' My Girl'. This album feels like it's trying too hard to be soulful... whatever that even means.

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Great songs

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Bom. My Girl e Wonderful World são as melhores. Tem uma versão de (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction divertida.

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Alright.

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In Conclusione: Tralasciando "I've been loving you too long" e "My girl" che sono molto famose il resto non l'avevo mai sentito. Mi dà l'impressione di essere un album molto legato alle innegabili doti vocali di Otis Redding che è forse un po' anche un classico della musica soul. Comunque non so quanto ha retto il peso del tempo, mi è abbastanza scivolato addosso, forse anche perché sono saturo di anni 60. Darei un 2 ma dò un 3 perché comunque i musicisti sono bravi, è sicuramente un buon album soul '60 e penso di avere un po' il bias negativo dovuto al fatto che gli ultimi 5/6 album erano tutti '60.

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Some great songs on this one. Lovely vocal delivery, too. Solid album.

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Fantastic album if you enjoy this kind of music. It appears the recording quality is mediocre even though it was recorded at Staxx in Nashville!?

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Pretty good.

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Supermys! Otroligt stämningsfylld musik som känns lätt att hitta passande tillfällen att lyssna. Bra Otis! Bäst: "A change is gonna come"

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Nonostante non abbia molta affinità con questo genere ho trovato l'ascolto di quest'album piacevole, soprattutto con l'avanzare delle tracce. Purtroppo sono abbastanza saturo di questo sound anni '60 che ha dominato questa settimana e questo probabilmente ha influito sul mio voto.

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Didn't like as much as i though i would

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Very nice, Classic songs.

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Solid but not sensational.

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3 stars. Good music, but soul is just not my style

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Good standard Otis...3.7

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It's Soul. As always great when I start listing to it but then gets a bit much. But that's on me and not Otis.

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RESPECT to this album

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De liedjes van Otis kan ik goed aanhoren, maar een heel album achter elkaar vind ik toch niet zo heel leuk. Dan is dit album met 40 nummers wel heel lang! Het "Collector's Edition" album is wel leuk opgedeeld in een mono, een live en een stereo uitvoering. Dan merk je toch wel verschil in sfeer. Ik zou hem wel eens live willen zien denk ik ;-). Mijn favorieten zijn toch wel de bekende deuntjes "Wonderful World", "(I can't get no) Satisfaction" en "Respect". Heel leuke uitvoeringen! ***

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October 18, 2021 Actually pretty good despite not being a typical listen for me!

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I like a lot of Otis stuff, so him singing the classics is always enjoyable

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I try to consider the albums as a body of work, so while Otis Redding is an incredible artist and I enjoyed the individual songs, the album as a whole didn't work for me.

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Another “I enjoy the learning more than the album”. Good soul, but I learned that Redding wrote “Respect”. Decent Stones cover.

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6/10

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Carino. Niente di trascendentale

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Nice listen, starts strong. Good relaxing songs, go well together.

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Pleasant, easy listening

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what is this

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Do not judge a book - or an album - by its cover. Of course this is still true when taken literally. But still, covers gives the consumer - especially the ones who haven't heard of it before - and idea of what's to expect. Let's have a real life example: Say a guy discovered a music album, it's cover a blonde woman smiling with her eyes closed. Above it, in a solid font read "OTIS BLUE/OTIS REDDING SINGS SOUL". Otis? What an odd name. The guy thought as he began listening to the album. A raspy, energetic, and most notably, male, voice erupted as soon as he pressed play. The man was shocked. Is Otis a woman who sounds like a man? Of course not. Otis Redding is a dude, and the guy who is listening is bamboozled. And who is that woman on the cover? As far as he know, it was a freaking stock photo. And the music of "OTIS BLUE/OTIS REDDING SINGS SOUL"? It's pretty decent. It's mostly generic soul or R&B. Half of the album is a bunch of covers of some rock and blues songs.

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Very good Soul album from long ago. I forgot how good his version of Satisfaction was. I've Been Lovin You too Long is one of his greatest! 3/5.

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Some great covers

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Jeekkiskamaa

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Jämäkkä levy josta tuli hyvälle mielelle.

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He's talented but it all sounds the SAME. Like, same chord patterns and everything. I feel the soul but the creativity isn't there.

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A feel-good record, perfect for nostalgia shots and a good vibe overall, Otis voice is remarkable.

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Ok . Great voice just felt it was missing something

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Blues rock sesentero. Con canciones que perduran en el tiempo. Voz muy personal.

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I was a bit put off to learn that Otis only penned 3 out of the eleven songs so this is basically a cover album. He does a credible job covering them though and puts a nice spin on most of them. And today I learned that he wrote Respect. Aretha so totally owns that song that like many others I thought it was her baby. Go figure. This is a good album though.

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It looks a bit like Dusty on the cover. I didn't realize Otis Redding wrote RESPECT. I like it and the other self-penned tunes though I'm not a fan of doing Rolling Stones covers. The mid-sixties production is a bit tinny.

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Fine album, mostly covers. Otis sings his heart out, but I find myself still largely preferring the originals of these songs.

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Good stuff but better stuff after album continuous play on Pandora

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This was an alright album. The style of music was pretty solid but I feel like having cover songs on an album is a bit disappointing. Will probably listen again.

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A (largely) covers album makes it feel closer to a greatest hits, is this cheating when compared to most of this list. That said Otis makes many of these tunes his own. The power of his voice and interpretation is excellent. I think the inclusion of Satisfaction was a mistake. Cover art 1/5

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Another classic. Some different versions of songs - funny how we prefer the version we first here mostly. Or I do anyway.

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Yea it's fine, easy listening.

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Smooooooooooth. (Ignore the expanded edition.)

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Classic 60s soul. Mixed bag, some tracks are quite nice, some not so much. Listening to Respect from the (original) mal perspective is very strange for modern ears; I for one found the track unlistenable. The Stones Cover of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction doesn't sound too good either. 2.5/5

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Love Otis. Think the song choices here are good, just for the most part I appreciate the versions I'm more familiar with. I like the three Cooke choices, but it's really hard to top the king, yeah? Meanwhile, on the Rolling Stones choice, I love the energy and the passion thrown behind the song. Think it tops their version. Favorite tracks: "Satisfaction", "I've Been Loving You Too Long"

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I know I should be rating higher but honestly I've got a bit sick of the old blues and soul singers.

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Olis täysin idioottia väittää että tässä levyssä olis kyse mistään muusta kuin hyvästä muskiikista. Tämä kun on todettu voidaan mennä asiaan. Täs ei oo tehty mitään väärin mutta jotenkin tää kuuskytluvun meno jossa jokainen soul-artisti coveroi jokaisen soul-hitin on vähän pinnallista. Sitä ehkä samalla häipyy sellainen oroginaalin merkitys. Tavallaan levy on juuri sitä mitä se sanoo olevansa: ”otis redding todellakin sings soul”. Vaikka kaikki on kohdallaan jääkö silti jotain puuttumaan? Okei toi lopun rollariveto on ihan älyttömän vahva! 3/5

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Not gonna lie, this is not my thing. Sounds like christmas music in american movies.

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meh

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Listened to half of it and lost interest

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meh

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Iconic voice. Blues singing covers. It's okay but probably wouldn't seek it out to listen to it again.

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Have a massive aversion to cover albums but it did make me want to listen more to someone I've never really looked into before, so a success of sorts

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Not my bag.

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Feels more like a collection of songs rather than a complete album

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Eh. Primarily covers (although ironically the original version of Respect) that really neither add to nor improve upon the originals. Ad-lib vocals become more annoying and incomprehensible as the album goes on. And I can appreciate that this wasn't remastered and understand that mixing was different in the 60s but some of the highs on the vocals and horns (esp My Girl) were headache inducing.

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2.5

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definitely not my style but I appreciate it for what it is

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Covers of existing popular songs, looking for originals

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An album full of covers that are nowhere close to enhancing the originals. His voice is kinda annoying and the horns on satisfaction are deflating and laborious. Why is this a must hear album?

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Good stuff, I recognized a lot of songs he covered, and I was surprised that "Respect" was his original song.

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Wie so oft: die langsamen Nummern haben mich, der Rest: höre ich fast weg. 2.3

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Soul karaoke, anyone? I’ll have another glass of Hennessey, please. Despite the obvious fact of Otis Redding’s passionate vocals and the streamlined, workingman’s backing band, Booker T. & the M.G.s, the sonorous tones of the Memphis Horns, and none other than Isaac Hayes on the piano, I was left underwhelmed. Of the 8 of 10 songs covered on 'Otis Blue,' I much prefer the originals from Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke and B.B. King and the Temptations. The exception being Solomon Burke’s ‘Down In The Valley,’ which Otis really funked up in a good way. The two songs attributed to Otis Redding’s pen were two of the best on this LP: the opening track, ‘Ole Man Trouble,’ with a great little guitar part (an unusual chord choice or variant?) played by Steve Cropper, and ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too long.’ The real surprise for me was the closer, ‘Satisfaction,’ (yes, that one that you can’t none of.) I was kinda dreading it because it’s one of my lesser favorite and terribly overplayed Rolling Stones’ numbers. But I ended up liking it better than the Stones’ original. Otis really gave it a soul counter to the Stones’ more rock version. Wonder what Otis could do with some of their other, funkier songs? He could have (probably should have) replaced Mick Jagger for the entire 'Black And Blue' LP, and it would’ve worked much better. Mick can keep singing the real rockers like ‘Gimme Shelter,’ and ‘Bitch,’ and let’s give Otis stuff like ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want,’ and all those wonderful gospel numbers on 'Exile On Main Street.' Tag team vocals. This might have seemed like a groovy idea in the mid-sixties (including that ridiculous cover with the same young, blonde haired Cali woman who was every advertiser’s dream back then), and it sure put Otis on the charts. Unfortunately,' Otis Blue' just put me to sleep. Just a quick nod halfway through ‘Wonderful World.’ And when I awoke from this brief respite, it was with a vision: Jim Nabors covering today’s charting pop singles: 'Gomer’s Pyle: Jim Nabors Sings Pop.'

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Très bien , mais aucun titre qui sort du lot bizarrement Agréable de tomber dessus mais j'irai pas me le mettre de moi même ( that's what she said)

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A singer that fails to move me performs music of a genre that fails to move me.

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Otis can definitely sing, but this album feels far from essential listening. Is there a single song here where it's the superior version? Aretha owns the lone original song here. Kinda gets a little boring in places too. This is probably fun for fans of Otis Redding but no one else really needs this. Why was this included?

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Ya saben lo que pasa cuando se meten con sus satánicas.

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pretty good. no skips

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