Today the Los Angeles Times premiered the track, which comes from the forthcoming collection Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings.
Redding’s shows at the famed Whisky A-Go Go in the spring of 1966 featured an array of people in attendance, including Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson; Van Morrison; The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger; and local blues musicians such as Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder (whose group Rising Sons was the opening act during Redding’s shows).
The Complete Recordings cover seven sets recorded over three nights, and are available in their entirety for the first time.
This new box set expands on the two CD Otis Redding — Live on the Sunset Strip set released in 2010 that featured highlights from his stand in Los Angeles half a century ago.
Although this latest set features a number of repetitive tracks, what makes them different is how they’re performed. Redding was infamous for playing his music differently each time he stepped onstage, and this collection is a testament to that. Case in point? There are 10 performances of the Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” At the time the single was prominent on the pop singles charts, which is why it’s present throughout the set.
The sets themselves are also telling of the ways in which Redding performed live, with his last night at the Whisky a 14 song show that featured a number of his own hits, as well as the Beatles‘ “A Hard Day’s Night” and a 10 minute rendition of James Brown‘s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings drops this Friday (October 28).
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