'Otis Blue' gets expanded

by Modculture 15 February, 2008

Regarded by many as Otis Redding‘s first masterly endeavor, his 1965 album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
has some new life injected into it through the release of an expanded, 2-CD reissue from Rhino Records. Otisblue

The groundbreaking release from the king of Stax Records will now be augmented by remastered mono and stereo mixes,
live performances from 1966 and 1967, as well as previously unreleased
alternate mixes. 

The tracklisting for the bonus material is as follows:
Disc one bonus material
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Mono Mix)*
I’m Depending On You (B-side)
Respect (Mono Mix)*
Ole Man Trouble (Mono Mix)*
Any Ole Way (B-side)
Shake (Live At The Whisky A Go Go, 1967; Stereo Mix)
Ole Man Trouble
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
I’m Depending On You
Any Ole Way
Disc two bonus material
Respect (1967 Version, Live In Europe)
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
My Girl
* previously unreleased

It probably goes without saying that this is a must have for the die hard fans. But for those who have yet to discover this unique album then this new version gives you the perfect excuse to investigate further.

The reissued album hits the stores in the US on April 22nd and can be expected in the UK around that same time. For more on Rhino see their website here.