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Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

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by Otis Redding
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


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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Elektra / Wea

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Disc 1

  1. She's All Right
  2. Gettin' Hip
  3. Shout Bamalama
  4. Hey Hey Baby
  5. These Arms of Mine
  6. That's What My Heart Needs
  7. Mary's Little Lamb
  8. Pain in My Heart
  9. Security
  10. Come to Me
  11. Don't Leave Me This Way
  12. Little Ol' Me
  13. Don't Be Afraid of Love
  14. Your One and Only Man
  15. Chained and Bound
  16. That's How Strong My Love Is
  17. Mr. Pitiful
  18. For Your Precious Love
  19. I've Been Loving You Too Long
  20. I'm Depending on You
  21. Ole Man Trouble
  22. Change Is Gonna Come
  23. Down in the Valley
  24. Shake

Disc 2

  1. Respect
  2. You Don't Miss Your Water
  3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  4. I Can't Turn You Loose
  5. Cupid
  6. Just One More Day
  7. Good to Me
  8. Cigarettes and Coffee
  9. Chain Gang
  10. My Lover's Prayer
  11. It's Growing
  12. I'm Coming Home
  13. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  14. I'm Sick Y'all
  15. Sweet Lorene
  16. Try a Little Tenderness
  17. Day Tripper
  18. Tramp
  19. Knock on Wood
  20. Lovey Dovey
  21. New Year's Resolution
  22. You Left the Water Running
  23. Trick or Treat
  24. Merry Christmas, Baby
  25. White Christmas
  26. Things Go Better with Coke (A Man and a Woman)

Disc 3

  1. Announcement
  2. The Glory of Love
  3. I Love You More Than Words Can Say
  4. Let Me Come on Home
  5. Open the Door
  6. The Hucklebuck
  7. The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)
  8. Hard to Handle
  9. Amen
  10. Gone Again
  11. I've Got Dreams to Remember
  12. I'm a Changed Man
  13. Direct Me
  14. Love Man
  15. Free Me
  16. Look at That Girl
  17. Pounds and Hundreds
  18. Tell the Truth
  19. Johnny's Heartbreak
  20. The Match Game
  21. A Little Time
  22. Slippin' and Slidin'
  23. (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay

Disc 4

  1. Introduction
  2. Shake
  3. Pain in My Heart
  4. These Arms of Mine
  5. Can't Turn You Loose
  6. I've Been Loving You Too Long
  7. My Girl
  8. Your One and Only Man
  9. Good to Me
  10. Day Tripper
  11. Just One More Day
  12. Mr. Pitiful
  13. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  14. I'm Depending on You
  15. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  16. Chained and Bound
  17. Ole Man Trouble
  18. Any Ole Way
  19. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
  20. Security
  21. A Hard Day's Night
  22. Respect
  23. Try a Little Tenderness

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
"Brisco" Clark   Saxophone
Sammie Coleman   Trumpet
Alonzo Collins   Bass
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
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
Veltones   Background Vocals
Phil Walden   Tambourine
Tommy Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Elbert Woodson   Drums
Elmon Wright   Trumpet
Al Jackson   Drums
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Clarence Johnson   Trombone
Don Henry   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Producer,Liner Notes
Peter Gabriel   Liner Notes
Green   Liner Notes
Otis Redding   Composer,Producer
Carla Thomas   Liner Notes
John Phillips   Producer
Sandy Stewart   Composer
Lou Adler   Producer
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   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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Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.