The Dictionary of Soul

7aaa491c4cc3703114dc5e756d613The Dictionary of Soul has more punch and grit than most of the 1966 soul records I have heard.  Be they of a more country or gospel or rock bent, the various modes make the album a kind of summary of the soul genre.  Watching and rousing his tight band, the Mar-Keys, Otis sounds like he’s having fun.  His vocals are warm and direct; and fast or slow, the vamping is kept to a minimum. What can I say?  A model of compression, this is the Otis Redding sound, as be-jeweled as ever it was.


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