Over the next few months, I will be writing about each of the individual albums in the Otis Redding Definitive Studio Albums box set. It would be far too daunting a task to try to summarize so many great albums into one review for the entire set. Otis Redding is one of my favorites and each album deserves to be savored.
The fourth album in the Otis Redding Studio Albums box set is The Soul Album. Originally released in 1966, this album has not gone on to have quite the same level of notoriety as some of Otis' other records, but one listen through, it's easy to see the quality of the songs on here is just as high as anything else he released. It may be lacking that one signature hit single, but with songs like "It's Growing," "Chain Gang" and "634-5789" it's certainly not lacking in incredible songs.
Like the other albums in this box set, the sound quality is quite nice, with everything sounding crisp and clean. While this may not be my favorite Otis Redding album, it's certainly an integral part of his discography and one that I'm happy to give more attention to as a result of this box set.
Otis Redding - "It's Growing":
Otis Redding - "Chain Gain":