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You can never go wrong with Otis Redding, but here's one release that might be more for owning than listening to. Live in London and Paris collects two full concert performances taken from the March 1967 Stax European tour. The London show was released by Stax the same year as the classic Live in Europe album, and much of it has been recently featured as bonus tracks on the Rhino two-disc Otis Blue re-release.

The Paris show here doesn't contain any songs not already on the London show, and while the performances are not identical, they're not so different that the disc doesn't feel repetitive. "Try a Little Tenderness" is volcanic. "Respect" is fierce. Sam Cooke's "Shake" is a roof-rattling party anthem. Twice over.

For a 19-track live album to include two introductions and seven song duplications is to be more a collector's item or something for a completist's or scholar's contemplation, rather than something most music fans are really going to use. Live in London and Paris is fine, but the original Live in Europe will more than suffice. — CH

Grade: B+

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