Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hard To Handle – Black America Sings Otis Redding - 2012


1. These Arms Of Mine – Albert Washington & The Kings
2. Sister Pitiful – Judy Clay
3. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) – William Bell
4. Baby Cakes – Maxine Brown
5. Think About It – King Floyd
6. Shout Bamalama – Mickey Murray
7. Security – Irma Thomas
8. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember – Percy Sledge
9. Give Away None Of My Love – Buddy Miles
10. I’m Missing You – Mitty Collier
11. I Can’t Turn You Loose – James Carr
12. Chained And Bound – Bettye Swann
13. Just One More Day – Clarence Carter
14. Wholesale Love – Arthur Conley
15. Hawg For You – Tina Britt
16. Loving By The Pound (Tk 2) – Otis Redding
17. Hard To Handle – Patti Drew
18. A Year, A Month And A Day – Arthur Conley
19. Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song) – Lou Rawls
20. Monkey On My Back- Jackie Hairston
21. Keep Pushing Me – James & Bobby Purify
22. Good To Me – Donald Height
23. Respect – Aretha Franklin
24. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – The Staple Singers
25. I Got The Will – Etta James

His achievements as a singer may cast a giant shadow over everything else he achieved. Anyone with a passing interest in music should be able to tell you that Otis Redding wrote 'Respect' and 'Dock Of The Bay' - that's a given. But the vast majority of his many other singles had an Otis composition or co-write on at least one side, while almost all of the albums released during his lifetime featured additional Otis Redding copyrights. A prolific tunesmith and savvy A&R man, Otis also found time to write songs specifically for Arthur Conley and others whose careers he hoped to boost.Otis wrote a staggering number of quality songs in a very short period of time. In fact the more Otis wrote, the more he wanted to write: in the few weeks leading up to his death, he went into Stax's McLemore Avenue studio and cut around 30 new songs, leaving behind enough material for a trio of posthumously released albums which, for many fans, are better than many of those that came out while he was still alive.There's no way of telling how Otis would have progressed as a songwriter had his plane not crashed in December 1967, but the unreleased songs he left behind give a pretty good indication that he was moving in interesting and special directions. The quality of many of those posthumously issued compositions was quickly recognised by his peers. Fine versions of several of them, by Buddy Miles, Etta James, Patti Drew, Percy Sledge and others, appear in "Hard To Handle", the latest volume in Ace's occasional "Black America Sings" series. Tony Rounce

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