ARTIST: Otis Redding
TITLE: Pain in My Heart
YEAR RELEASED: 1964
CHART ACTION: #103 US, #28 UK
SINGLES: These Arms of Mine (#85 US, #20 R&B), That’s What My Heart Needs (#27 R&B), Pain in My Herat (#61 US, #11 R&B), Security (#97 US, #23 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covers “Stand by Me”, “You Send Me”, “Louie Louie” ,and “Lucille”
LINEUP: Otis Redding, Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr., Johnny Jenkins, Lewis Steinberg, Wayne Jackson, Charles Axton, Floyd Newman
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album from soul legend showed his vocal ability and songwriting prowess, backed by the first-rate Stax musicians.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Whether it’s recording Naomi Neville’s title track, his own “These Arms of Mine”, or another cover version, Otis Redding’s talent is apparent, and indescribable.
Redding please, croons, cajoles, begs, and shouts, sometimes all in the same song. His emotional range and feeling he puts in each song makes the album burn in your ears, even if some of the covers seem perfunctory. A half-assed performance by Redding beats almost everyone else’s best shot.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album was made from sessions dating back to his debut in October of 1962.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: Some of the covers aren’t Otis’ best work and I don’t think the band was into them, either. But he really cooks on his songs and the title track.