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Ahh, this is nice. Thumping, powerful performances from a man we lost way too soon.

Tape City says:

As I said earlier: the “perfect” Otis release was something I really wanted to do. We had quite a few different tapes to work from. After figuring out what might have been released previously and what worked best for this release I started work on those tapes in particular. One of the things I wanted to do was make the Stockholm material sing sassy. I always hated the way the Swingin’ Pig version sounded flat and lifeless – especially considering that there was obviously a GREAT Otis show there. The tracks at the beginning of the disc (which Big P came up with) did not require all that much work so I got those out of the way and concentrated on the rest. After about 4 weeks and 100 hours of work I was very very pleased with the results and – this is the only time I ever did this – I sent a copy of the completed master to Big P to get his opinion. Then I played the master for some soul fanatic aquaintances as well to get their opinions. Everybody felt that this was something that was monumental. I sent a bunch of artwork to Tracey and told her she had free reign and should design a few covers and I’d pick the one I liked best. She sent me 4 variations of the cover and I combined 2 of them and sent it to the Japanese. They were stunned by the disc. In my opinion this is the best Otis release – official or unofficial – you can get. If anybody out there that were unfamiliar with him needed to hear just one cd by him I would choose this one. Why Atlantic cannot issue something on par with this is beyond me. Surely they would have 100 times the material (compared to the small handful of stuff I had access to) to choose from in their vaults so that they could easily issue an Otis cd of unreleased material that would rival this one – why haven’t they?


Otis Redding “A Soupçon of Soul” Various Sources 1967 Source:”A Soupçon of Soul” Big ‘Fro Bootleg (BF-007)

  1. Your One & Only Man
  2. Pain In My Heart
  3. These Arms Of Mine
  4. I Can’t Turn You Loose
  5. A Hard Days Night
  6. Satisfaction
  7. My Girl
  8. Respect
  9. Pain In My Heart
  10. I Can’t Turn You Loose
  11. Shake
  12. Land Of 1000 Dances
  13. Try A Little Tenderness
  14. Day Tripper
  15. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  16. My Girl
  17. Shake
  18. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
  19. Satisfaction
  20. Try A Little Tenderness

Tracks 1-5: Birmingham, AL – 1967 Tracks 6-13: Various US/European Radio/TV Broadcasts – 1967 Tracks 14-20: Konserthuset, Stockholm – June 4, 1967 (from newly discovered upgraded source tape)

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