Otis Redding - The Soul Album

Otis Redding - The Soul Album
Styles: Deep Soul, Soul, Southern Soul, Memphis Soul
Genre: R&B
Album: The Soul Album
Release Date: April 1, 1966
Artist: Otis Redding
Duration: 34:00

Otis Redding's talent began to surge, across songs and their stylesand absorbing them, with the recording of The Soul Album. In contrast to The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, which was an advance over its predecessor but still a body of 12 songs of varying styles and textures, rising to peaks and never falling before an intense, soulful mid-range, The Soul Album shows him moving from strength to strength in a string of high-energy, sweaty soul performances, interspersing his own songs with work by Sam Cooke ("Chain Gang"), Roy Head ("Treat Her Right"), Eddie Floyd ("Everybody Makes a Mistake"), and Smokey Robinson ("It's Growing") and recasting them in his own style, so that they're not "covers" so much as reinterpretations; indeed, "Chain Gang" is almost a rewrite of the original, though one suspects not one that Cooke would have disapproved of. He still had a little way to go as a songwriter -- the jewel of this undervalued collection is "Cigarettes and Coffee, co-authored by Eddie Thomas and Jerry Butler -- but as an interpreter he was now without peer, and his albums were now showing this remarkable, stunningly high level of consistency. Also significant on this album was the contribution of Steve Cropper, not only on guitar but as co-author of three songs.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Just One More Day / Steve Cropper / Otis Redding / Smokey RobinsonOtis Redding3:32
It's Growing / Warren "Pete" Moore / Smokey RobinsonOtis Redding2:49
Cigarettes and Coffee / Jerry Butler / Eddie Thomas / Jay WalkerOtis Redding4:01
Chain Gang / Sam CookeOtis Redding3:04
Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out) / Jimmy CoxOtis Redding3:11
Good to Me / Julius Green / Otis ReddingOtis Redding3:54
Scratch My Back / James MooreOtis Redding2:43
Treat Her Right / Roy Head / Gene KurtzOtis Redding2:11
Everybody Makes a Mistake / Eddie Floyd / Alvertis IsbellOtis Redding3:23
Any Ole Way / Steve Cropper / Otis ReddingOtis Redding2:34
634-5789 / Steve Cropper / Eddie FloydOtis Redding2:50

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