Pain in My Heart – Otis Redding (1963)


Pain in My Heart is the debut album of soul singer-songwriter Otis Redding. Redding recorded for Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Volt LPs were initially issued on the Atco label, which released this album (the singles were issued on the Volt label). … As a member of the Pat T. Cake and the Mighty Panthers, Redding toured in the Southern United States, mostly on the chitlin’ circuit, a string of nightclubs and dance halls hospitable to African-American musicians when racial segregation of performance venues was prevalent. … Pain in My Heart includes songs from Redding’s 1962–1963 sessions. Stewart signed Redding for Stax and released Redding’s debut single, ‘These Arms of Mine’, with ‘Hey Hey Baby’ on the B-side. ‘These Arms of Mine’ was released by Volt, a subsidiary of Stax, in October 1962, and charted in March the following year. It was one of his most successful songs, selling more than 800,000 copies. In the 1963 session, ‘That’s What My Heart Needs’ and ‘Mary’s Little Lamb’ were recorded and cut in June 1963; the latter became one of the worst-selling singles by Redding. Rob Bowman, in his book Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records, wrote that in these two songs ‘Otis sings with a harsh, impassioned gospel voice reminiscent of Archie Brownlee of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi‘ and further reckoned the ending of the first would have made Redding ‘a superb gospel singer had he chosen to record in that idiom.’ ‘That’s What My Heart Needs’ became Redding’s second single on Stax. … Rob Bowman observed that ‘with ‘Pain in My Heart,’ Otis’s dynamic control is front and center as he uses his voice as a horn, swelling and decreasing in volume, swallowing syllables and worrying the word ‘heart.’…It was Otis’s most successful effort to date, commercially and aesthetically.’ …”
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