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, ...read more
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.read more