Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul

Otis Redding - Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1965 Ratings: #5 / 25
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
1965 Ratings: #6
September 15, 1965 / Release Date
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Volt, Atco / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic
Otis Redding's third album, and his first fully realized album, presents his talent unfettered, his direction clear, and his confidence emboldened, with fully half the songs representing a reach that extended his musical grasp.
90
PopMatters

Something was extremely special about Redding, and his uniqueness found perfect articulation in Otis Blue.

BeardedHeckler
60
The problem with this record Is that it's full of songs that were done better by other artists. "Respect" was later blown away by Aretha Franklin. "A Change is Gonna Come" is hollow compared to the Sam Cooke original. There's basically nothing on this record that I haven't heard other artists perform much better, so for me, it's one of the more overrated records in the soul canon.
CheapandLethal
90
Superb
iamnicmoore
70
TOPTENS: YEAR - 1965 (#6/10)

QUICK THOUGHTS: Heartbreak blues done really well, not much more I can say. It’s instantly recognizable covers hold this record back from being something truely outstanding. Redding is still a vocal triumph, but with only three original songs, this is essentially a covers record. It’s a great one, but I can’t justify a higher score because of it.
Trindade31
90
Incríveis e poderosos vocais, os arranjos melódicos dos cover são ótimos e dá para sentir sua presença de palco mesmo só podendo ouvi-lo.
dearsongs
83
We get three top notch originals from Otis with Ole Man Trouble, Respect and his best original I've Been Loving You Too Long.

While this studio version of I've Been Loving You Too Long is very good, I don't think it reaches the heights of the live version that appeared on the Twin Peaks reboot soundtrack.

This album is enjoyable for sure, but I prefer his less heralded follow up The Soul Album.
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