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From The Vault: Watch Otis Redding & Friends Stax Records Southern Soul Review, Live From Norway 1967

Today we’ve got something fabulous “From The Vault” for y’all: Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, The Mar-Keys and the legendary Booker T. & The MGs live in Norway in 1967, as captured by the BBC. So in other words: Southern Soul Music Heaven. The legendary Stax Records put together a tour in 1967, just before Redding’s death, that would go down as one of the all-time best Soul/RnB showcases the planet has seen. Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd Arthur Conley, The Mar-Keys and Booker T. & the MGs are all legends, and here they’re in top form. The gang Stax has assembled here doesn’t just bring the house down, they level the entire neighborhood people.

The video captures the April 7, 1967 concert in Oslo, Norway near the end of the three-week tour that saw the titans of soul travel across Europe for the first time. If you have ever even remotely dug the “Stax Sound”, or the “Motown Sound” for that matter, you will absolutely be in music heaven for the next 58:04:

From the Youtube description:

Classic concert filmed in Norway during the 1967 Stax tour featuring performances from the soul legends signed to this famous US record label. Includes live sets by Booker T & The MGs (Green Onions and Red Beans And Rice), Arthur Conley (Sweet Soul Music and In The Midnight Hour), Sam and Dave (Hold On and I’m Coming), Eddie Floyd (Raise Your Hand), the Mar-Keys (Philly Dog and Last Night) and a barnstorming, five-song set by Otis Redding that includes Try A Little Tenderness, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, My Girl and Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song).

Final Thoughts

An absolute gem. Required viewing for any serious Soul and/or RnB fans.

Overall Score 5