Album Review: Otis Redding – Lonely & Blue

Released in 1966, Lonely & Blue was perhaps Otis Redding‘s finest collection of songs centering on the heartfelt, pained end of the soul balladeering spectrum. With its trademark packaging design […]

Album Review: Otis Redding – Live on the Sunset Strip

Are you ready for Star Time? You’d better be. Three live sets of Otis Redding are — or should be — coming your way. Live on the Sunset Strip presents […]

Album Review: Otis Redding – The Best: See & Hear

Shout! Factory’s newest retrospective is a CD+DVD package of Otis Redding material called The Best: See & Hear. The “hear” postion of the package is rather short, even by the […]

DVD Review: Otis Redding — Respect Live 1967

This brief DVD is an effort to collect all extant performance footage of Otis Redding in the months before his untimely death. On that level, it succeeds, more or less. […]

Album Review: Omar Coleman – Strange Times

Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, vocalist and harmonica player Omar Coleman got his first well-deserved break when he was featured on Severn Records’ 2007 compilation of current-day Chicago […]

Album Review: Stax Christmas

‘Tis the season – well, almost – for holiday music. While holiday-themed tunes have a comparatively short shelf life, there is indeed something special about them. And that’s even more […]

Album Review: Jackie Wilson — Higher and Higher

A giant in the world of r&b and soul, Jackie Wilson’s career got a big break when Johnny Otis (father of Shuggie) discovered him in the early 1950s. Wilson passed […]

Stax Records: Written in Their Soul (Part 1 of 2)

Most listeners never get to hear demo recordings. Created by songwriters as a guide for recording artists, those demos aren’t meant to be shared with the public. But they’re an […]

Preview: Music Movie Mondays – ‘Monterey Pop’

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair of August 1969 is often recalled as the beginning of the festival era, the spark that lit the fire. There’s some truth to that, […]

Music Movie Mondays at GRAIL: Next Event is June 10

Some rock legends were circumspect about their role in the creation and popularization of the American musical form. Others were more forthright in claiming the credit they felt due. Richard […]