The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
by Otis Redding
Released: Mar 1965
Label: Rhino Atlantic
It opens with a killer track, "That's How Strong My Love Is," and closes even more powerfully with "Mr. Pitiful" (perfect groove, perfect horns, perfect vocals). In between, Redding and his crack band (Booker T. and the MGs with the Memphis Horns) astound you with tender pleas, bitter regrets and Sam Cooke covers both real ("Nothing Can Change This Love") and imagined ("Chained and Bound").