Stax Profiles

Stax Profiles

by Otis ReddingOtis Redding


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Now here's a twist on the "artist select" best ofs that have been clogging the bins for the last couple of years: Steve Cropper, an artist almost symbiotically linked with Otis Redding, chooses his 13 favorite Redding tunes. Nope, "Dock of the Bay" isn't here, so this isn't a "best of" in any conventional sense of the word. What is here is a wonderfully deep and greasy set of cuts assembled by a cat who played on most of them and produced a slew too. There are two live numbers here, "Security" and "Good to Me," with a big band including six horns, that roar to the rafters. "Happy Song (Dum Dum)" and "Mr. Pitiful" are both here representing opposite sides of Redding's soul growler persona. But so are tunes that punters almost never see on the usual ten- or 12-track collections, such as "My Lover's Prayer," "I'm Sick Y'all," and Redding's fine version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." The short live version of "Shake," from the Stax/Volt Revue, Vol. 3: Live in Europe -- Hit the Road Stax, and the simmering Sidney Wyche ballad "A Woman, A Lover, A Friend" are here, too. Stax Profiles is a killer little comp compiled with a very personal touch.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Stax
UPC: 0025218862325
catalogNumber: 8623
Rank: 146784

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Redding   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Jenkins   Horn
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Sammie Coleman   Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
John Farris   Trumpet
Isaac Hayes   Keyboards
Robert Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Booker T. Jones   Keyboards
Andrew Love   Horn
Floyd Newman   Horn
Robert Pittman   Tenor Saxophone
Ralph Stewart   Bass
Elbert Woodson   Drums
Al Jackson   Drums
James "Jockey" Young   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Al Jackson   Producer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Zelma Redding   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Allan Walden   Composer

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