Classic 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.
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.