He was one of soul music’s greatest and on October 21 we get a chance to relive Otis Redding live with a new CD box set capturing the singer’s entire historic three-day stand at LA’s Whisky A Go Go in April 1966.
Otis Redding — Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings features six CDs, and will include all of the seven sets that the soul legend played at the venue during April 8th, 9th and 10th in 1966.
The shows were Redding’s debut performances at the Whisky, and musically, it was a change for a club that was mainly known for hosting rock ‘n’ roll acts. At the time, Otis’ music was just starting to cross over to white audiences as well as black.
Redding was 24 at the time of the gigs and performed the first of his string of hits “Respect” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”. His sets also included him covering some the stars of the day songs including: The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night”, and the godfather of soul James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”.
The box set also features remixed and remastered recordings of the April 1966 concerts, and although some of the performances were showcased on the 1968 album In Person at the Whisky a Go Go, the new CD will include previously unreleased tracks and all of Redding’s onstage banter at the shows.
If you’d like a taster, RollingStone.com is streaming the recording of Redding’s hit “Mr. Pitiful” taken from the first set of his April 9th performances in 1966.
It was only a short time later that Otis Redding died December 1967 in a plane crash at the age of 26.