Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul12" Vinyl11
  • US1965-09-15
Volt (US, Stax subsiduary)S-412[none]
Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul12" Vinyl11
Volt (US, Stax subsiduary)412[none]
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulCD11
  • US1991-06-11
ATCO Records7 80318-2075678031823
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul12" Vinyl11
  • XE1992-12-17
ATCO Records7567-80318-1075678031816
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (mono)CD11
  • US1993-03-23
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 575015775157521
Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings SoulCD11
  • DE1993-03-26
ATCO Records7567-80318-2075678031823
Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul12" Vinyl11
Sundazed MusicLP 5064090771506412
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (collector’s edition)Digital Media40
  • XW2008-04-21
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497982158
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (collector’s edition)2×CD23 + 17
  • DE2008-04-25
ATCO Records, Rhino (reissue label)8122 79938 9081227993894
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulCD11
  • US2008-07-15
ATCO RecordsR2 80318081227991975
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (mono)Digital Media11
  • US2008-07-15
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497896202
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (mono)Digital Media11
  • XW2008-07-15
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497896141
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (mono)Digital Media11
  • XW2008-07-15
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497896219
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulDigital Media11
  • XW2008-07-15
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497924646
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulDigital Media11
  • XW2008-07-15
Atlantic (Warner Music imprint), Rhino (reissue label)603497932917
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul2×CD23 + 17
ATCO Records, Rhino (reissue label)081227951856081227951856
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (24-Bit / 96.0 kHz)Digital Media11
  • US2012-10-20
Rhino Atlantic (digital releases only!)[none]603497932917
Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings SoulHybrid SACD11
Analogue ProductionsCAPP 095 SA753088009563
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulCD1120P2-2370

Relationships

included in:Original Album Series (Otis Redding)
part of:1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 54)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 78) (order: 78)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 178) (order: 178)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/1760 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2dhj [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/otis_redding/otis_blue__otis_redding_sings_soul/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000264238 [info]
Wikidata:Q1226956 [info]

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Recorded in a single day with the Mar-Keys (who included Isaac Hayes on keyboards and Steve Cropper on guitar) Otis Redding's third album, Otis Blue, was his first number one hit in the US soul charts and a huge commercial and critical success.

Standing at the crossroads of pop, rock, gospel, blues and soul, it's a set of short, punchy covers and originals, flawlessly ordered to ebb and flow between stirring balladry and foot stomping exuberance.

Three of the re-cuts featured are the songs of Sam Cooke, and of these, the moving "A Change Is Gonna Come" makes the most lasting impression. Redding's voice then injects some ambivalence into the Temptations' more blissfully rendered "My Girl", where despite his apparent happiness, hurt seems to be just around the corner.

There's even some interesting recycling of the Stones' "Satisfaction", written in thrall to Redding and his label-mates in the first place. As for his own compositions, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" was the biggest smash, while "Respect" was of course made famous by Aretha.

It's tempting to look for some faults here just for the sake of balance. But try as one might, they fail to present themselves, as the rawness of the playing, the sprightly rhythms of the upbeat tracks, and the grainy grief of Redding's voice reach in to your very core.

A gutsy, visceral affair that leaves you thinking that, with the power of music, anything is possible; Otis Blue was, and remains, his definitive statement.