66 from '66 – Otis Redding
Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (Volt/Atlantic, October 15 1966)
Often cited as the finest album ever made in Memphis. Otis Redding didn’t hold back when he stepped into a studio.
He was backed by Booker T & The MG’s (Booker T Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn and Al Jackson Jr), plus young pianist Isaac Hayes and the Memphis Horns.
High-voltage vocals aside, Redding’s craft as an interpreter was second to none. He wrote his own super-difficult horn lines in the studio and, such was his commitment, famously lost pounds in weight while recording his music.