Otis Redding ‎- 1964 – Pain In My Heart

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Like most R&B albums of the early 1960s, Otis Redding’s 1964 debut was a haphazard mixture of the artist’s contemporary hits (“These Arms of Mine,” “Pain in My Heart“), B-sides (“Something Is Worrying Me,” “Hey Hey Baby“), and covers of popular hits of the day (“You Send Me,” “Stand by Me“). Stylistically, Redding was still trying to find his feet; though he obviously had the voice and ability to pull off tender ballads like the title track, he hadn’t yet given up on trying to scream like Little Richard (“Lucille“). Uneven as they may be, the tracks on Pain in My Heart get over on the sheer soulfulness of Redding’s singing. Worth the price of admission alone is the underrated “Security“, which was the first in a string of great uptempo Redding originals.

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A1 Pain in My Heart 2:22
A2 The Dog  2:30
A3 Stand by Me 2:45
A4 Hey Hey Baby 2:15
A5 You Send Me 3:10
A6 I Need Your Lovin’ 2:45
B1 These Arms of Mine 2:30
B2 Louie Louie 2:05
B3 Something is Worrying Me 2:25
B4 Security 2:30
B5 That’s What My Heart Needs 2:35
B6 Lucille 2:25

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This album works on so many different levels, that it’s essential listening for at least three categories of buyer – fans of Otis Redding and Stax Records (natch), and more general soul listeners, and also anyone serious about their devotion to the work of the Rolling Stones and any other British invasion bands that covered American soul. Pain In My Heart was practically a road map to Mick Jagger and any number of other would-be white soul shouters in the UK, not just on the title track but also numbers like the hard rocking “Hey Hey Baby”. For someone only 22 years old at the time of these sessions, and just two years past his first 45 rpm record, Redding exudes astonishing power, energy and boldness, though it’s all packaged with greater restraint than his subsequent records did.

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This was the only LP that Redding recorded during the lifetime of his idol, Sam Cooke, and his version of “You Send Me” is the least stylized of any of his renditions of Cooke’s songs — later on, after Cooke’s death, he would throw more of himself into it. The very fact that he was covering Cooke’s soul classic shows an essential difference between Redding’s and Cooke’s early LPs; as Redding was on a soul label, no one tried to make him into a pop singer as that’d done at RCA with Cooke — thus, he was running on all cylinders right out of the starting gate, though he wouldn’t get really interesting or show his full depth until two albums later. But even covering Rufus Thomas’s “The Dog“, Richard Berry’s “Louie Louie“, Little Richard’s “Lucille“, or Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me“, he’s already doing 70% of what we came to expect from Otis Redding in the years ahead — his writing, apart from “Security“, “These Arms Of Mine” and “That’s What My Heart Needs“, was still somewhat less than memorable, but this is still a first-rate debut and a must-own LP.

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20 Comments
  • Mudo Soul
    Posted at 17:34h, 20 October 2013 Reply

    Thanks my friend, such a wonderful one.

  • Alex
    Posted at 22:15h, 20 October 2013 Reply

    Great debut.

  • Jan
    Posted at 00:54h, 21 October 2013 Reply

    A great musician, thank you for this album.

  • laura
    Posted at 21:27h, 21 October 2013 Reply

    Pure Otis, get’s you in the mood everytime.

  • Mel
    Posted at 21:33h, 21 October 2013 Reply

    This is an oldie & a goodie. Takes me back to happy memories. Great choice for anyone who loves Otis Redding.

  • Rod
    Posted at 13:43h, 22 October 2013 Reply

    If you like soul music, you probably will like this. I am an Otis Redding fan so I love it.

  • Luciano
    Posted at 13:46h, 22 October 2013 Reply

    I do enjoy listening to otis, his voice has enlightened me with most all of his songs, and I believe at the time his heart was in it.

  • Zion
    Posted at 18:35h, 22 October 2013 Reply

    This album sounds so good, great vinyl addition….like hot maple syrup on pancakes!

  • Melvin
    Posted at 22:57h, 22 October 2013 Reply

    Nobody had the Soul of Otis Redding.

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    Posted at 05:40h, 23 October 2013 Reply

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  • George
    Posted at 10:00h, 23 October 2013 Reply

    This is pure r&b that doesnt get any better. I can remember my parents enjoying this album.

  • Zina
    Posted at 10:06h, 23 October 2013 Reply

    Otis Could do no wrong!no other voice like him !

  • Pauline
    Posted at 12:56h, 23 October 2013 Reply

    This and ‘Otis Blue’ were my favorites. Used to play them back to back, over and over.

  • David
    Posted at 17:48h, 23 October 2013 Reply

    As good as Hendrix was at the guitar,Otis Redding was THAT good at singing.

  • Neil
    Posted at 12:48h, 24 October 2013 Reply

    Beautiful classic.

  • Dionne
    Posted at 22:24h, 24 October 2013 Reply

    RIP Otis. Thank you for the music.

  • Lou
    Posted at 19:50h, 30 October 2013 Reply

    If you are a soul music fan, this is the quintessential album;

  • Nelly
    Posted at 12:14h, 02 November 2013 Reply

    The great Otis.

  • Pam
    Posted at 15:14h, 02 November 2013 Reply

    Superb debut. RIP.

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 10:09h, 07 November 2013 Reply

    Otis is a legend….. thanks for this great album

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