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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Quick before m'learned friends reduce the sum of human happiness

Some legal drone (may his crops wither) keeps getting this taken down from YouTube so while it's up you need to see it. This is Otis Redding playing live on Ready Steady Go in either 1965 or 1966. The essence of great music television is simple. Take a great performer and place your faith in his greatness by pointing a camera at him. Everything about this is perfect (although this isn't the best copy): the band, the singing, the dancers, the genuine sense of jubilation that zings from every frame. Gaze on his works, ye mighty, and despair.