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Live on the Sunset Strip
Genres: Pop, R&B
Three full sets from Otis Redding's famed four-night stand on Sunset Blvd. in early 1966, the year when he rose from R&B hitmaker to national pop music headliner - and Live on the Sunset Strip captures Redding precisely in... more »
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Three full sets from Otis Redding's famed four-night stand on Sunset Blvd. in early 1966, the year when he rose from R&B hitmaker to national pop music headliner - and Live on the Sunset Strip captures Redding precisely in that white heat of transition, when his star power was undeniable and it was still possible to catch him backed by his own road band, in the tight quarters of a smoky nightclub.
Three incendiary Otis Redding live sets from April 1966
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The past few years have been rich for Otis Redding fans, with expanded reissues of key live recordings hitting the market. A pair of 1967 performances from London and Paris documented Redding at the top of the Stax Revue, and his breakthrough performance at Monterey Pop has been reissued in high-definition Blu-Ray. These are now augmented by this double-disc set of Redding's four night stand at Los Angeles' Whiskey A Go Go. Unlike the 1967 sets, in which Redding performed with Booker T. and the M.G.s in a large auditorium, these 1966 Whiskey dates are played with his ten-piece road band to a smaller, but hugely appreciative, club audience. Some of this material has been anthologized before [1 2], but this is the first time these three complete sets (the last from Saturday night and both from the closing Sunday) have been released as a whole.
These are much more than collections of songs - they're performances, with beginnings, middles and ends. Redding was not just the best soul singer of his generation, but a terrific entertainer who crafted whole performance, not just vocals. The segues between songs are often so tight as to leave both Redding and the audience gasping for breath; once he has you in his emotional grasp, he doesn't let go. His command - of the material, his singing, the band, and of the audience - is so thorough that it's difficult to believe he was only 24-years-old at the time. The sets are a perfect blend of his best known hits and covers, including tour de force workouts of the Stones "Satisfaction," along with lesser-known gems like "Any Ole Way" and the R&B hit "Chained and Bound." There's some duplication of songs from set to set, but it's interesting to hear how Redding mixes up the song order from night to night.
As satisfying as were the Stax Revue sets, as rousing as were those performances, as great as was the Stax house band, these performances are as good or better. Redding is an incandescent ball of fire for a half-hour at a stretch, and his band, led by saxophonist Bob Holloway, never lets up. Redding is warm as he takes a moment to speak with the audience, and he and Holloway share a bit of repartee while the band catches their breath. By the last set of the stand, Redding gets a bit playful with the set list, adding a cover of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" and a ten-minute rendition of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" whose groove is soul deep (but whose looseness would have made James Brown a pretty penny in band fines).
The three sets weigh in at two hours of churning soul music, recorded by ace West Coast engineer Wally Heider. The sixteen-page booklet includes new liner notes by Ashley Kahn, a choice photo of a tuxedoed Redding with two go-go-dancers, and a microscopic reproduction of Pete Johnson's L.A. Times show review. Redding's subsequent European tour with Stax, three-night stand at San Francisco's Fillmore, and legendary performance at Monterey Pop may have been witnessed by larger audiences, but these club sets capture the roots of his musical greatness: unrelentingly gutsy performances that leave every last drop of soul on the stage. This is an essential spin for Redding, Stax and soul fans. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]"
The Power & Fury Of Otis
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 05/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been a few posthumous releases of Otis Redding's legendary performances at the Whiskey A-Go-Go, but this new release stands head and shoulders above any previous compilations. Taking three full sets from the stand, you get to experience the power of the live Otis Redding. While this leads to some duplication of songs, it doesn't diminish from the listening experience. The band (or orchestra as they are listed) is firing on all cylinders and Mr. Redding's vocals are gritty, raw, real and without compromise. You can almost feel the sweat dripping from the speakers. Anyone who is interested in listening to what deep fried southern soul should sound like, give this disk a listen."
Great artist, performance, recording, remastering.
attentive listener | Joysey | 05/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A+ on all counts. What's unbelievable is how unfazed the crowd at these shows seems to be, the MC actually has to stoke them. They must have been oblivious to the greatness. I like these performances better than the London/Paris sets recently rereleased. I think the "& his orchestra" might be the reason. If you're a soul enthusiast, this one is not to be missed."