The Bottom Line
- Adds another essential element to Otis' history.
- The unreleased Paris concert is, if anything, better than the London show.
- This is Otis live at the peak of his powers.
- Several songs are duplicated in both sets, but Otis never did a song the same way twice.
- Release date: September 23, 2008
- Stax 30892
- Live (March 1967)
Guide Review - Otis Redding: Live in London and Paris
It's essentially accurate. But Redding was at the peak of his performance powers at this time, delivering the goods every single night -- has there ever been a backup band so attuned to their vocalist as Booker T. and the MGs were with theirs? -- so you can't have too many documents of his stage show, a theory proven out by the release of Live In London And Paris.
An update of the 1967 release Live In Europe, this collection adds an equally incendiary Paris show recorded just four days after the raucous London gig it immortalized, swapping out "I Can't Turn You Loose," "These Arms Of Mine," and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" for the better Paris versions. And while some of these tracks have been previously released on Ace Records' 1000 Volts label comps and Stax' own out-of-print Stax Volt in Europe, Vol. 3, the sets have been remastered and placed in their proper running order. As always, Otis makes the seminal studio versions of his hits sound positively enervated, dragging "Too Long" and "Tenderness" out for maximum emotional impact, turning both into absolutely insane cyclical exclamation points of pure pain and longing. You also get a righteous medley of the Temps' "My Girl" and Sam Cooke's "Shake," not to mention complete overhauls of the Stones' "Satisfaction" and the Beatles' "Day Tripper" and a singalong version of "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" that demonstrates just how cathartic live soul can get.