Otis Redding (from the album Lonely and Blue, The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding) - Concord Music Group has inserted a ‘what if’ moment in the recorded history of Otis Redding. The label has collected one of Mr. Redding’s best attributes; his ability to dig into heartfelt ballads. Otis had a way of sinking to the very bottom of the pain; breaking on through and going deeper with more promises, confessions and hope lost. Lonely and Blue; The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding has been released on the Stax Records label on CD and blue vinyl. The collection is packaged with a look that fits it into the 1960’s recording period of Otis Redding.
The compilation producer, David Gorman, felt that “given how nobody had delivered a gut-wrenching sad song like Otis, I always felt he should have made an album you could put on late at night and settle into a glass of something strong. The mood and subject of every song is the same…Otis, heartbroken and begging for your love. I tried to find the saddest most potently heartbreaking songs he ever sang, with no regard for chart position or notoriety. There are a few hits on the album, but they’re there because they fit the mood, not because we wanted to include hits. Lonely and Blue; The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding includes jukebox and car radio memories such as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, “These Arms of Mine” and a lyrically darker version of “I’ve Got My Dreams to Remember” alongside lesser known heart tugs such as “Waste of Time” and “Everybody Makes A Mistake”.
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