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Back To... SOUL

Read "Back To... SOUL" reviewed by Skip Heller

While everyone else seems to have been attending jazz festivals, I've been flying under the radar with film and TV music jobs, so I haven't had the time to write about the summer's recorded music treasures, and it has been bountiful for record/CD fans. Not least of all because some really careful and wise music fans have made sure that round things with a hole in the middle deliver something digital downloads can't: a real package. Two come from Memphis, ...

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Otis Redding: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector's Edition]

Read "Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul [Collector's Edition]" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

It's tough to review a classic album. What new can be said? In the case of Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, quite a lot.

The beauty of this reissue is that the first 11 songs on each of the set's two discs constitute different versions of the original album--one mono, one stereo. Mono versions of early-to-mid-'60s releases have a much warmer sound/feel. Excluding vinyl, with clean copies increasingly difficult to locate, mono recordings are becoming harder to find.


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