Great news, old Soul Music Video Lovers!
The first full-length DVD of Otis Redding, undisputedly one of the greatest soul singers of all time has been released on dvd.
Zelma Redding, Otis' widow, has faithfully maintained her husband's legacy for the last 40 years. The 90 minute dvd features 16 complete performances filmed throughout America and Europe showcasing why Otis is considered one of the greatest soul singers of all time.
This DVD includes songs such as "I,VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG", "TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS", and "RESPECT".
Interviews include not only Zelma Redding, Steve Cropper (who not only played guitar on Otis,s recordings but co-wrote many of his songs, but a few brief but rare interviews featuring Otis himself!
Below is a list of complete performances on this dvd;
- Pain In My Heart (1965)
- Mr. Pitiful (1965)
- Just One More Day (1965)
- I Can't Turn You Loose (1966)
- I've Been Loving You Too Long (1967)
- Satisfaction (1967)
- My Girl (1967)
- Don't Mess With Cupid (1966)
- Any Ole Way (1966)
- My Lover's Prayer (1966)
- Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (1967)
- Tramp (1967)
- Shake (1967)
- Glory Of Of Love (1967)
- Try A Little Tenderness (1967)
- Respect (1967) This review is from: Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding (DVD);
- "This is a DVD documentary on a truly great artist done ABSOLUTELY RIGHT and as Otis would say in "Hard to Handle"-yessiram!
Unlike most documentaries of musicians, these guys understand that this is the DVD age where they are not limited by time for commercials.
They put the films of Otis' songs IN THEIR ENTIRETY balancing this with enough interview footage from those who really know him (no second-guessing talking head academics here). These combine to make this DVD a TEN-star winner.
Surprisingly, no footage from Otis' classic 1966 appearance on the British TV show Ready Steady Go (which occasionally appeared on American Cable TV in the late 80s.
It was available on VHS for a brief spell) but it's hardly missed here since what we have is so excellent and The Big-O's likeable charisma shines through on even the lip-synchs.
The songs from "The!!!Beat" (1966) in color, especially a rarely heard tune called "Don't Mess With Cupid" is loads of fun with our man dancing with some really sumptious soul sisters (hard to believe these women are probably now in their sixties!).
The promotional clip of "Tramp" (minus Carla Thomas on film) is quite a hoot!
Otis makes fun of his country image by bumbling around his farm in Macon with overalls and riding bareback on a donkey (that actually moves in time to the song).
Then we see our hero transformed with a green suit to match the dollar bills that fall from his pockets (eerily, he also poses with the very plane that he lost his life in)!
I recall one book saying that there is a lost TV clip of Otis and Carla doing a "Black honeymooners" routine to this song. That would be interesting to see.
The last two clips of our humble hero performing "Try a Little tenderness" and "Respect" in Cleveland n the day before his death with the original Bar Kays (who also died on that plane crash).
These guys really did perform as if it's their last day on earth and Otis' interjection of Aretha Franklin's version of his famous tune will knock you out of your seat!
The Redding Family, musicians Steve Cropper and Wayne Jackson, as well as Stax head honcho Jim Stewart make clear their affection for our man and what made him so special.
After you see this wonderful DVD, you too will understand. Support DVD's like this to get more domestic bootleg-free classic R&B on DVD."