Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone who wants to understand the different phases of Otis Redding's career, and the reason for his having made a major impact across the 1960s and beyond, can have no better place to start than Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding. There are 73 studio cuts here and the producers have reached back beyond the Atlantic and Stax vaults: They've included numbers like "She's All Right," cut by the Shooters featuring Otis Redding in the summer of 1960 for the Transworld label; "Gettin' Hip," which was done for the Alshire label in 1960; and "Shout Bamalama" by Otis Redding & the Pinetoppers, recorded for Confederate, all prior to Redding's signing with Stax. The selection of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Anyone who wants to understand the different phases of Otis Redding's career, and the reason for his having made a major impact across the 1960s and beyond, can have no better place to start than Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding. There are 73 studio cuts here and the producers have reached back beyond the Atlantic and Stax vaults: They've included numbers like "She's All Right," cut by the Shooters featuring Otis Redding in the summer of 1960 for the Transworld label; "Gettin' Hip," which was done for the Alshire label in 1960; and "Shout Bamalama" by Otis Redding & the Pinetoppers, recorded for Confederate, all prior to Redding's signing with Stax. The selection of studio cuts suggests that the makers thought long and hard about each and every track on this disc -- the first three CDs are a mix of single A- and B-sides, coupled with important album tracks, all culminating with "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay." Little or nothing that's essential is missing along the way though one could argue very persuasively that anything on the albums that Redding released in his lifetime was essential in some respect. The fourth disc is the real killer, however; 23 live songs drawn from the complete range of his concert tapes in the Atlantic and Stax vaults, from the Apollo Theater in New York in November of 1963 to his final tour of Europe and the Monterey International Pop Festival in the spring of 1967, including individual tracks that were unheard until the 1980s. An extensive booklet is also included.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1993
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227143947
  • Catalog Number: 71439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's All Right (2:10)
  2. 2 Gettin' Hip (2:12)
  3. 3 Shout Bamalama (1:57)
  4. 4 Hey Hey Baby (2:46)
  5. 5 These Arms of Mine (2:33)
  6. 6 That's What My Heart Needs (2:41)
  7. 7 Mary's Little Lamb (2:38)
  8. 8 Pain in My Heart (2:23)
  9. 9 Security (2:37)
  10. 10 Come to Me (2:48)
  11. 11 Don't Leave Me This Way (2:58)
  12. 12 Little Ol' Me (3:14)
  13. 13 Don't Be Afraid of Love (3:26)
  14. 14 Your One and Only Man (3:11)
  15. 15 Chained and Bound (2:41)
  16. 16 That's How Strong My Love Is (2:24)
  17. 17 Mr. Pitiful (2:44)
  18. 18 For Your Precious Love (2:54)
  19. 19 I've Been Loving You Too Long (2:56)
  20. 20 I'm Depending on You (2:31)
  21. 21 Ole Man Trouble (2:38)
  22. 22 Change Is Gonna Come (4:16)
  23. 23 Down in the Valley (2:59)
  24. 24 Shake (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Respect (2:11)
  2. 2 You Don't Miss Your Water (2:52)
  3. 3 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:46)
  4. 4 I Can't Turn You Loose (2:45)
  5. 5 Cupid (3:10)
  6. 6 Just One More Day (3:30)
  7. 7 Good to Me (3:52)
  8. 8 Cigarettes and Coffee (4:00)
  9. 9 Chain Gang (3:02)
  10. 10 My Lover's Prayer (3:11)
  11. 11 It's Growing (2:49)
  12. 12 I'm Coming Home (3:10)
  13. 13 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (2:43)
  14. 14 I'm Sick Y'all (2:57)
  15. 15 Sweet Lorene (2:30)
  16. 16 Try a Little Tenderness (3:50)
  17. 17 Day Tripper (2:35)
  18. 18 Tramp (3:02)
  19. 19 Knock on Wood (2:52)
  20. 20 Lovey Dovey (2:36)
  21. 21 New Year's Resolution (3:19)
  22. 22 You Left the Water Running (2:43)
  23. 23 Trick or Treat (3:14)
  24. 24 Merry Christmas, Baby (2:30)
  25. 25 White Christmas (3:08)
  26. 26 Things Go Better with Coke (A Man and a Woman) (1:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Announcement (1:14)
  2. 2 The Glory of Love (2:53)
  3. 3 I Love You More Than Words Can Say (2:55)
  4. 4 Let Me Come on Home (2:56)
  5. 5 Open the Door (2:25)
  6. 6 The Hucklebuck (3:01)
  7. 7 The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) (2:41)
  8. 8 Hard to Handle (2:21)
  9. 9 Amen (3:06)
  10. 10 Gone Again (2:25)
  11. 11 I've Got Dreams to Remember (3:15)
  12. 12 I'm a Changed Man (2:23)
  13. 13 Direct Me (2:20)
  14. 14 Love Man (2:19)
  15. 15 Free Me (3:07)
  16. 16 Look at That Girl (2:39)
  17. 17 Pounds and Hundreds (2:25)
  18. 18 Tell the Truth (3:14)
  19. 19 Johnny's Heartbreak (2:35)
  20. 20 The Match Game (2:55)
  21. 21 A Little Time (2:30)
  22. 22 Slippin' and Slidin' (1:57)
  23. 23 (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Introduction (0:37)
  2. 2 Shake (2:33)
  3. 3 Pain in My Heart (2:19)
  4. 4 These Arms of Mine (2:32)
  5. 5 Can't Turn You Loose (3:28)
  6. 6 I've Been Loving You Too Long (4:08)
  7. 7 My Girl (2:42)
  8. 8 Your One and Only Man (3:22)
  9. 9 Good to Me (3:57)
  10. 10 Day Tripper (3:11)
  11. 11 Just One More Day (5:25)
  12. 12 Mr. Pitiful (2:06)
  13. 13 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:56)
  14. 14 I'm Depending on You (3:21)
  15. 15 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (4:09)
  16. 16 Chained and Bound (7:38)
  17. 17 Ole Man Trouble (2:38)
  18. 18 Any Ole Way (2:38)
  19. 19 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (4:57)
  20. 20 Security (2:31)
  21. 21 A Hard Day's Night (2:08)
  22. 22 Respect (3:05)
  23. 23 Try a Little Tenderness (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Redding Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
William Bell Background Vocals
Steve Cropper Bass, Guitar, Piano
Carla Thomas Vocals, Vocal Harmony
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Lewis Bass
Wayne Cochran Bass
Johnny Jenkins Guitar
James Young Guitar
Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams Baritone Saxophone
Noble "Thin Man" Watts Tenor Saxophone
Richard Hall Drums
Joe Arnold Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Packy" Axton Tenor Saxophone
James Albert Bethea Guitar
Gilbert Caples Tenor Saxophone
Ron Capone Drums
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Al "Brisco" Clark Saxophone
Sammie Coleman Trumpet
Alonzo Collins Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
The Drapels Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
John Farris Trumpet
Isaac Hayes Organ, Piano
Rick Hall Drums
Robert Holloway Saxophone
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Booker T. Jones Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Ray Lucas Drums
George Matthews Trombone
Alva Beau McCain Tenor Saxophone
Gene Miller Trumpet
Floyd Newman Baritone Saxophone
Thomas Palmer Guitar
Gene Parker Tenor Saxophone
Robert Pittman Saxophone
David Porter Background Vocals
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Lewis Steinberg Bass
Ralph Stewart Bass
George Stubbs Piano
The Veltones Background Vocals
Phil Walden Tambourine
Tommy Williams Tenor Saxophone
Elbert Woodson Drums
Elmon Wright Trumpet
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Clarence Johnson Trombone
Don Henry Saxophone
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Cropper Producer, Liner Notes
Peter Gabriel Liner Notes
Al Green Liner Notes
Otis Redding Composer, Producer
Carla Thomas Liner Notes
John Phillips Producer
Sandy Stewart Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Al Bell Liner Notes
Isaac Hayes Producer
Rick Hall Producer
Toots Hibbert Liner Notes
Booker T. Jones Composer, Contributor
Youssou N'Dour Liner Notes
David Porter Producer
Phil Walden Composer
Jerry Wexler Liner Notes
Jim Stewart Producer, Liner Notes
Al Jackson Jr. Composer, Producer
James Alexander Liner Notes
Carol Cooper Liner Notes
Mary Frierson Composer
Zelma Redding Composer, Liner Notes
Lou Baxter Composer
Oscar Mack Composer
James McEachin Producer
Joe Rock Composer
Randle Catron Composer
Alan "Red" Walden Liner Notes
E. Morris Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Jaime Wolf Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    old boy brings a tear to the eye

    quite simply top 5 best of all times. trans-generational, emotion making music. I'm 27 have been a fan of his since my teenage years. just wow!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The King Of Soul

    If Ray Charles is the genius of Soul, James Brown it¿s godfather, and Aretha Franklin it¿s queen, then undoubtably, Otis Redding is it¿s king and Booker T. & the MGs, Soul¿s crown princes. He¿s the only singer I¿ve ever heard who sounds like he¿s in the room with you. If the world was to face disaster and maybe only some would survive, we would have to place Otis¿s recording of Sam Cooke¿s ¿Change Gonna Come¿, his definitive version of ¿Try a Little Tenderness¿ and ¿I¿ve Been Loving You Too Long¿, a song he wrote with the legendary Jerry Butler, in a time capsule. This was soul music. It¿s rare when a box set can be enjoyed by someone who is not familiar with the artist. (Another one being Otis¿s Stax cohorts, Booker T. & the MGs¿ Time Is Tight) But Otis¿s voice, along with the MGs¿ majesty made some of the greatest music of all time. What set Otis apart from people, and what eludes many artists, was his ability to turn someone¿s song inside out and make it his own. He frequently covered songs by one of his biggest influences, Sam Cooke. Cooke¿s ¿Change Gonna Come¿ is a perfectly beautiful record. Why would anyone touch it?!? Otis and the MGs with The Memphis Horns make what could be the most gut wrenching and beautiful and ¿soulful¿ track ever recorded. Also fun is Otis¿s cover of Sam Cooke¿s ¿Cupid¿. Cooke¿s version is again, quite perferct and way ahead of its time. Redding¿s version is stripped down and playful as can be. And when he sings, ¿Cupid, please hear my cry¿, man he¿s crying. Not to be overlooked is Redding¿s songwriting talents. Not many black guys are considered when the subject of singer/songwriters are brought up. But he, like Al Green later, wrote many of his best records. Otis wrote many of his songs with Steve Cropper. On the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones written ¿I Love You More Than Words Can Say¿, Cropper¿s and Redding¿s musical relationship reaches its full potential. Otis sings, ¿Living without you is so painful¿, and Cropper¿s guitar sings one of it¿s most soulful responses. Another treat is the Redding, Booker T. Jones, and Al Jackson written rocker, ¿Let Me Come On Home¿. But the gem of this set is disc four. Twenty three live songs, edited seamlessly, so it is as if you were at an Otis show. The ¿king¿ outdoes the ¿godfather¿ on ¿Papa¿s Got a Brand New Bag¿, and there¿s a heartbreaking version of ¿Just One More Day¿. It all ends perfectly when Otis Redding and the MGs take you away from everything on a trip to soul heaven with ¿Try a Little Tenderness¿ from Monterey Pop. Music didn¿t die with Buddy Holly. It began a slow demise on December 10th, 1967, when Otis Redding passed away. Today, R&B is laughable, Country seems to come off of a conveyor belt, and there¿s no such thing as Soul anymore, or Rock & Roll for that matter. Maybe it¿s because the hippies grew up and began to run things, or technology, but today, there¿s almost no soul left in music. Now we have people who whoop and holler, Trying to be soulful and show range. All they show me is terrible insecurity or ego. It¿s like watching an awful actor. It¿s pretentious. Hopefully, one day we can wade through all the garbage. The material here will stand the test of time.

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