Otis Redding / Carla Thomas - King & Queen

Otis Redding / Carla Thomas - King & Queen
Release Date:
March, 1967
Deep Soul, Memphis Soul, Soul, Southern Soul
King & Queen

Otis Redding never recorded a lighter, more purely entertaining record than King & Queen, a collection of duets with Stax labelmate Carla Thomas. In all likelihood inspired by a series of popular duets recorded by Marvin Gaye -- indeed, "It Takes Two," Gaye's sublime collaboration with Kim Weston, is covered here -- the record serves no greater purpose than to allow Redding the chance to run through some of the era's biggest soul hits, including "Knock on Wood," "Tell It Like It Is,"and "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," and while clearly not a personal triumph on a par with either Otis Blue or The Dictionary of Soul, the set is still hugely successful on its own terms. Redding and Thomas enjoy an undeniable chemistry, and they play off each other wonderfully; while sparks fly furiously throughout King & Queen, the album's highlight is the classic "Tramp," where their battle of the sexes reaches its fever pitch in supremely witty fashion.

Knock on Wood / Lowell Fulsom / Jimmy McCracklinOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:53
Let Me Be Good to You / Isaac HayesOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:54
Tramp / L. Fulsom / Lowell Fulsom / Jimmy McCracklinOtis Redding / Carla Thomas3:05
Tell It Like It Is / Otis ReddingOtis Redding / Carla Thomas3:12
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby / Isaac HayesOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:46
Lovey Dovey / Eddie Curtis / Ahmet ErtegunOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:37
New Year's Resolution / Randle Catron / Mary Cross / Deanie ParkerOtis Redding / Carla Thomas3:24
It Takes Two / William StevensonOtis Redding / Carla Thomas3:04
Are You Lonely for Me Baby / Bert BernsOtis Redding / Carla Thomas3:09
Bring It on Home to Me / Sam CookeOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:32
Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis / Otis ReddingOtis Redding / Carla Thomas2:33