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Recordings you need to hear but may have missed: Otis Redding - The Soul Album 

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Otis Redding

The Soul Album

Released 1966

What a feat. In his short 26 years of life, Otis Redding left behind a bunch of studio albums and some of the greatest passion and desperation packed soul recordings. Otis is most known for his pop songs, but The Soul Album offers varying textures and styles that far surpass his other recordings. From horns that pull you in to soulful vocals that demand your attention and compassion, this recording has it all.

No track exudes Otis' powerful delivery better than "Cigarettes and Coffee" (the highlight of this record) where he relates the personal tale of proposing to his love late at night over a quiet and simple hang. By contrast, the upbeat "It's Growing" offers a catchy interpretation of the Smokey Robinson tune.

Other standouts include the rocking "Treat Her Right" (which became the namesake for a Boston blues band in '80s who eventually evolved into '90s rockers Morphine) and "Scratch My Back," which chugs along into genuine blues rhythm.

Hear something real and authentic. Hear something that'll make you both weep and rock - hear The Soul Album by Otis Redding.


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