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Otis Redding: Remembering Otis
Otis Redding Remembering Otis
Actor: Otis Redding
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     1998     0hr 51min

The Monterey Pop Festival was the first in the series of major festivals that ran through the 60's and early 70's. At the time Otis Redding was a performer primarily known in the black community. His performance at the Mon...  more »


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Actor: Otis Redding
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Concerts, Rock & Roll, Other Music
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/23/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 0hr 51min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Soulsville U.S.A.
thestaxman | Jackson, MS United States | 04/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is great stuff. A must for any Stax Records fan and highly recommended to any music fan as an introduction to the sounds that came from Soulsville U.S.A. in Memphis, TN, in the '60s. Redding's legendary Monterey Pop performance is here, looking and sounding better than ever. His version of "Try a Little Tenderness" here may be the best example of the power of the Stax sound. With Stax house band Booker T. & the MGs doing what they did best, building climax upon climax until the whole thing explodes, Redding blew away the West Coast audience in the rain at One in the Morning. The only disappointment on this dvd comes during this song. Instead of getting to watch the MGs and Otis knock the song out, we see Mama Cass and dozens of hippies relaxing and grazing in the grass. It's really frustrating at first, but one begins to appreciate the message in the song. Treat your woman right. And it shows why John Phillips (of the Mamas and Papas) once said that Otis could have been an ambassador of good will to the world. Also from Monterey Pop, we get an unbelievably moving and powerful version of Redding's and Jerry Butler's "I've Been Loving You Too Long".
The dvd also includes footage from the now famous Stax tour of Europe in 1967. And this addition is what really makes this dvd such a great package. Not only does it have Otis doing his thing, but also "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" and "Hold On, I'm Coming!" by Sam and Dave, and Booker T. & the MGs playing their first and biggest hit "Green Onions". One of the real thrills of this dvd is watching the late, great Al Jackson, Jr. of the MGs. Never will you see a more cool and in control drummer. Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, who is amazing throughout, and the brilliant guitarist Steve Cropper grew up watching Jackson and talk of how they would go in to see him play with Willie Mitchell's band in Memphis. They would become "Mesmerized" by him. And it is hard to take your eyes off him, he's beautiful to watch.
So, that's it. You get taken to school by the tightest rhythm section ever, Booker T. & the MGs. You get taken to church by the superstar performance of Sam and Dave, and you get taken to heaven by the king of Soul himself, Otis Redding. The only let down is that, just like Redding's life and career, it's over far too early. But this fifty minutes of ecstasy must be seen and heard. It's the closest the world will ever again get to this level of greatness and showmanship."
thestaxman | 02/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's a couple of issues with this DVD that the consumer should know about. First off, the programming of the disc itself is so bad that some lower quality DVD players will certainly have problems with it. (Case in point, my friend's cheap player wouldn't play it at all.)Next, it implies that the entire track listing is of Otis performing live, but two of the songs are Sam and Dave (Something is Wrong and Hold On I'm Coming), and one is of Booker T & The MGs doing Green Onions. And the 'Dock of the Bay' is just a photo montage played over the (admittedly different) second take of the song, from the 'Remember Me' album of outtakes and such. Obviously, Otis never performed that song live. I think they included it in the track listing because they were afraid people wouldn't buy the disc if it didn't have it. In my opinion, if you're a big Otis fan, you know that song was never performed, certainly have one or two versions of it already, and quite frankly will feel a little insulted at it's inclusion. I was.The last thing to consider is that while 'I've Been Loving You' is unquestionably the best song of the Monterey set, the other highlight, 'Try A Little Tenderness,' is also a montage. This is (for a change) no fault of the producers of the disc, as that's the footage available from Monterey. But it's kind of a drag to watch a bunch of shots of hippies making out and getting muddy while Otis is doing his second biggest hit.All that being said, it is, of course, footage of Otis playing live for the most part, and as such is worth owning. I still give it five stars, with the caveat that you should be ready for what you're getting."
Can be watched many times over
thestaxman | 03/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big Otis Redding fan. The Monteray Pop footage is excellent. The European tour footage is very bad visually but excellent vintage footage. I highly recommend it Otis Redding fans."
The greatest of all times
Fitzgerald P. Jennings | California | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a huge fan of otis Redding, this is a must have for anyone who loves his music, he was truely a legend."