The Immortal Otis Redding (588113) (1968)

OtisClassic soul score in Canterbury this afternoon with the purchase of the above posthumous comp of previously unreleased Otis Redding. Remarkably, the Immortal Lp is as strong as or stronger than any released during the soul great’s lifetime–has that ever happened before or since? I don’t think so.

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Of interest is the passionate scrawl adorning the back cover: “You are the only man I’m in love with because you’re dead in body, not in soul. You can’t hurt me. I love you. Love, Mary.” I’m not sure if this dedicated to a deceased lover or Redding himself; either way, it’s a bit scary, Mary.

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Published in: on April 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Great find – Otis; an orange and plum; but what really makes it is that message on the back cover! Very much qualifies as a “found object” I would say.

    (incidentally our daughter has named our new rabbit Otis).

  2. I cannot stop playing this record! Despite being an Atlantic cash-in, it hangs together really well; the liners say it was recorded in Spring/Summer/Fall ’67, so it makes more sense than the Dock Of the Bay Lp, the previous posthumous assemblage.

    Sounds like your daughter has been well schooled.


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