Sure everyone remembers Otis at Monterey, June '67—a revelatory energy scorching up both stage and audience like Jimi would later torch his axe and his generation.
Gratefully, the last few years have seen expanded reissues of several of Otis' key moments. Catalytic performances from London and Paris in '67 with Redding topping the Stax Revue, and of course, the ever legendary, above mentioned Monterey Pop film gets re-re-released with every new technology that comes down the pike.
Believe it or not, this new double disc may actually blow those performances to the curb. Featuring three full sets from his four night, April '66 Whiskey A Go Go residency, Live On The Sunset Strip finds Otis all of twenty four, full of grit 'n soul 'n sweat and thanks to Stax and the late, renowned engineer Wally Heider, the fire ball excitement is all here. Stoked by his ten piece orchestra and featuring equally incandescent performances by saxophonist Bob Holloway, bassist Ralph Stewart, and Elbert Woodson on drums, many of the song titles repeat, but each performance is one of a kind and worth listening to over and over again. Throbbing, full bore renditions of I Can't Turn You Loose, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Chained and Bound, These Arms of Mine, Ole Man Trouble and Just One More Day burn themselves into history. "Thank you ladies and gentlemens…" indeed.
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