We only have three sources of material for experiencing Otis Redding performing live, or at least that’s all that’s been discovered so far.
- April 1966 at the Whisky A Go Go
- The Stax Volt tour of Europe in March 1967
- The Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967 where Redding was restricted to performing only 5 songs.
We’ve had three long-standing albums from these sources which will be the best known of his live albums:
- Live in Europe released on July 10, 1967 (i.e. while Otis Redding was alive).
- In Person at the Whisky a Go Go released in June 1968.
- Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (one side of the vinyl LP was Redding, the other featured Jimi Hendrix) released in August 1970.
Since then the Whisky A Go Go and Stax/Volt Europe tours have been repackaged to make them more complete. This means more duplication of songs which may or may not be good from your perspective. Personally I tend to dislike repetitive performances of the same songs within a few tracks of each other.
In particular, we have seen:
- Good to Me: Live at the Whisky a Go Go, Vol. 2 – as the title suggests, this is more from these concerts.
- Live in London and Paris which features these two concerts from his European tour.
- Live on the Sunset Strip which brings together the first and second albums from Whisky A Go Go with more songs.
What Is The Best Otis Redding Live Album?
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