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Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life

In Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding’s unfinished life, drawn on exhaustive research, the cooperation of the Redding family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first comprehensive portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career.

Note: This item is pre-order only now. Expected release date is May 16, 2017.

In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day.

 

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My Sunday Audio Technology Binge

What could be finer than binging on the 12 audio CD box set, Otis Redding, Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970

The collection features the eight studio and live albums that Redding recorded between 1964 and 1967, as well as several essential posthumous sets.

The King of Soul’s box set gives me the opportunity to test the Spotify on Chromecast (2.0) solution. There are several features I am really liking such as an effortless find of the Google Chromecast device on the home wireless network (Connect to a device option).  Then the pairing with the Spotify Web app which instinctively knows I have used the Apple iPhone Spotify app to connect to the device. (The Spotify device icon states, “You are playing from: Chromecast”, a nice pairing…The audio is smooth at a dedicated 5GB throughput through Chromecast to the SONY Blu-Ray 7.1 Home Theatre sound system.

Bet you thought I was going to reveal my device network….not…..

I’ve been listening to Otis my man from the first track until the Mets World Series game tonight. Wonder how far I’ll get 😉

Part II of this audio binge (next chance I get) will be with Tidal HiFi, Google Chromecast and the Sony Blu-Ray system. The audio fidelity is much better that way 🙂

The Monterey Pop Festival 1967

Monterey International Pop Festival PosterIf time travel was an option, I would love to be transported back in time to The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. When I look back on what Monterey Pop accomplished, the rich set of artists that performed, there was a magic that weekend that formed peace, love and the power of music for generations to come. It’s the music festival I would most want to attend and experience.

I would love to attend that festival at the age I was in 1967, close to 16. I would also like to experience the event fully with no understanding of the events as I know them now. What I mean is that I would love to witness each act unfold, be surprised by The Who and Jimi Hendrix, boogaloo to Otis Redding. I would just love to have been there from beginning to end.

Imagine meeting his Majesty Prince Jones as he walked amongst the crowd. Monterey Pop celebrated its 45th anniversary this past June.

Five years ago I wrote a blog post about the 40th anniversary of Monterey Pop It serves as a fitting testament to the event.

There are so many rock stars that are no longer with us who performed at Monterey Pop. For that reason alone revisiting the Monterey Pop Festival would be worth it.

Imagine seeing The Who go insane smashing their instruments amidst the smoke bombs and fireworks Keith Moon planted under his drum set. Or witnessing Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire. Hendrix was in top form that night as he one upped Peter Townshend of The Who.

There is a fantastic official Monterey Pop International Festival Web Site. I visit it often. I urge you to go hear Eric Burdon sing Monterey and watch the images, view the vast information available. Then go rent or own the rock documentary, Monterey Pop, directed by D. A. Pennebaker. That’s what I plan to watch later today. I own the deluxe video set (no surprise there folks…).

Cover of "Monterey Pop- Criterion Collect...
Cover via Amazon

If that’s not enough content for you, I wanted to point out that there is a new book available about Monterey Pop. Maybe Santa Claus will be good to me and put this under my Christmas tree, hint, hint 😉

A Perfect Haze, The Illustrated History of the Monterey International Pop Festival by Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernik ,Foreword by Lou Adler, Afterword by Michelle Phillips

I found this painting on the InterWeb by Grace Slick who appeared with Jefferson Airplane that weekend. She named it Monterey.

Monterey, a painting by Artist Grace Slick

1. Unknown (Drug Dealer)
2. Marty Balin (*JA singer)
3. Jorma Kaukonen
4. Janis Joplin
5. Ghandi
6. Jack Casady (*JA Bass)
7. Otis Redding
8. (Mama) Cass Elliot
q9. Pete Townshend
10. Groupie chick
11. Grace Slick
12. Roger Daltrey
*Jeffferson Airplane
13. Jerry Garcia
14. Alice and White Rabbit
15. David Crosby
16. Keith Moon
17. Neil Young
18. John Philips
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Ravi Shankar
21. Wavy Gravy
22. Ben Fong Torres
23. Brian Jones
24. Spencer Dryden (*JA drums)

I leave you with this video clip of Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company. This was THE  breakout moment for Janis and her band. Of all the performances that happened that weekend, this one is truly special. Enjoy.

Otis Redding – 70 Years On

Cover of "The Very Best of Otis Redding"
Cover of The Very Best of Otis Redding

Otis Redding is back in the limelight, deservedly so, due to the overnight Internet success of the new music collaboration by Jay-Z and Kayne West, “Otis”. They sample Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” which empowers them both underneath to rap with great aplomb.

Otis Redding

The renewed interest in Otis Redding, the King of Soul prompted me to purchase The Very Best of Otis Redding on Apple iTunes. I lacked an essential Otis Redding digital recording in my music collection. The soulful mastery Otis Redding possess’ is perfectly matched against the backdrop of the Memphis Stax/Volt sound.

I noticed that the city of Macon, Georgia will be honoring their former citizen Otis Redding with a three-day 70th Anniversary celebration September 9-11 of this year. September 9th will be Otis Redding Day. I’d like to attend this event, if possible…

My personal favorite live recording of Otis Redding’s is when he performed his stellar set at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. The electricity and energy of his performance for the love crowd brought down the house that night.

Steve Cropper – Dedicated (Due 8/9/11)

Steve Cropper will have a new recording coming out on August 9th, 2011 on the 429 Records Label. Its entitled, Dedicated and it is a tribute to the R&B/Doo Wop Act, The 5 Royales who gave us such hits as “Dedicated to the One I Love” , “Think”, and “30 Second Lover”.

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Dedicated features reworked versions of The Five Royales most enduring songs, and includes duets with Lucinda Williams, Bettye LaVette, John Popper and Sharon Jones. There is also plenty of guest star collaboration with B.B. King, Brian May and Steve

“We grew up on their music. ‘Think’ had some great funky licks. I used the same licks in the Mar-Keys. Pauling’s sound was funky, gutsy. He would alternate lead and rhythm, which is something I always did.”  – Steve Cropper

Dedicated: A Salute To The 5 Royales

Amazon is accepting Pre-Orders Here.

Steve Cropper is known as the preeminent soul guitarist, and has also been an A & R man, engineer, producer, as well as a songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, dozens of other others and founding member of  both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in almost every record issued by Stax Records from the fall of 1961 through year-end 1970.

The 429 Records Label has a great roster of artists that includes many new recordings by The New York Dolls, Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson, Dr. John, Jackie Greene, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others….