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King of Soul

The King of Soul

by Otis Redding
Although his recording career only lasted five years, from 1962 through 1967 (seven studio albums in all), with his biggest hits coming in the last two years of that time, and his only number one, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," after his death, Otis Redding is still widely considered the greatest performer of the classic soul era, a designation he undoubtedly


Although his recording career only lasted five years, from 1962 through 1967 (seven studio albums in all), with his biggest hits coming in the last two years of that time, and his only number one, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," after his death, Otis Redding is still widely considered the greatest performer of the classic soul era, a designation he undoubtedly deserves. A dynamic performer and a more than competent songwriter ("Dock of the Bay," for instance, is a Redding original), he brought the energy and directness of gospel into the secular world with a fervor and passion that made his songs, and particularly his live versions of them, into gritty sermons on the joy, loss, pain, and yearning that attends being in love. It helped, too, that his backing outfit on most of his tracks was the great Stax Records house band the MG's, who knew how to punch in and stomp it and also when to lay back in a quiet storm behind him, and the band and Redding together were an unstoppable force. There have been plenty of Redding compilations over the years, with this one, The King of Soul, being yet another one, but it is distinctive for its breadth, tracking the arc of Redding's career through 92 tracks arranged chronologically over four discs, and because it also, particularly when covering the early years, includes mono mixes, which often carried more tightly focused punch than the stereo ones. Appearing during the 50th anniversary year of the release of Redding's debut album, Pain in My Heart, this set tells the story of the King of Soul as well as any other compilation out there. Everything essential is here, and with Otis Redding, it's pretty much all essential. He was that kind of artist.

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THE KING OF SOUL's arrival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Redding's debut album, Pain In My Heart, which helped define the sound of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. This new set features 92 songs and retraces the singer's career from his meteoric rise to his untimely death in a 1967 plane crash.

The songs reveal the breadth of Redding's talent, starting with his gift for songwriting: "I Can't Turn You Loose," "Ole Man Trouble" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," his posthumous #1 hit. His reputation as a magnetic and dynamic performer is well served by a selection of live performances recorded in 1966 at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A. ("These Arms of Mine" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag") and in 1967 during the legendary Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe ("Shake" and "Try a Little Tenderness.")

Redding was also an expert interpreter of other artist's work, putting his distinct twist on everything from Solomon Burke's "Down in the Valley" and William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water," to the Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and Smokey Robinson's "My Girl." THE KING OF SOUL also spotlights his unforgettable collaborations with singer Carla Thomas like "Lovey Dovey" and "Tramp."

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Disc 1

  1. These Arms Of Mine
  2. Hey Hey Baby
  3. That's What My Heart Needs
  4. Mary's Little Lamb
  5. Pain In My Heart
  6. Something Is Worrying Me
  7. Come To Me
  8. Don't Leave Me This Way
  9. Security
  10. Chained And Bound
  11. Your One And Only Man
  12. That's How Strong My Love Is
  13. Mr. Pitiful
  14. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend
  15. Nothing Can Change This Love
  16. It's Too Late
  17. For Your Precious Love
  18. Home In Your Heart
  19. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
  20. I'm Depending On You
  21. Respect
  22. Ole Man Trouble
  23. Change Gonna Come

Disc 2

  1. Shake
  2. Satisfaction
  3. Down In The Valley
  4. My Girl
  5. Rock Me Baby
  6. You Don't Miss Your Water
  7. I Can't Turn You Loose
  8. Just One More Day
  9. Any Ole Way
  10. It's Growing
  11. Cigarettes and Coffee
  12. Chain Gang
  13. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out)
  14. Good To Me
  15. Everybody Makes A Mistake
  16. Just One More Day
  17. Mr. Pitiful
  18. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  19. These Arms Of Mine
  20. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
  21. Don't Mess With Cupid
  22. My Lover's Prayer

Disc 3

  1. Try A Little Tenderness
  2. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  3. I'm Sick Y'All
  4. Tennessee Waltz
  5. Sweet Lorene
  6. Day Tripper
  7. You're Still My Baby
  8. Hawg For You
  9. I Love You More Than Words Can Say
  10. Let Me Come On Home
  11. Open The Door
  12. Tramp
  13. Knock On Wood
  14. Let Me Be Good to You
  15. Lovey Dovey
  16. New Year's Resolution
  17. Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis
  18. White Christmas
  19. Merry Christmas, Baby
  20. Glory Of Love
  21. The Huckle-Buck
  22. Tell The Truth

Disc 4

  1. Respect
  2. Can't Turn You Loose
  3. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) [Version
  4. My Girl
  5. Shake
  6. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  7. Try A Little Tenderness
  8. I've Got Dreams To Remember
  9. Nobody's Fault But Mine
  10. Hard To Handle
  11. Thousand Miles Away
  12. The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De-De-De-Dum-Dum)
  13. A Waste Of Time
  14. Champagne And Wine
  15. A Fool For You
  16. I'm A Changed Man
  17. Direct Me
  18. Love Man
  19. Look At That Girl
  20. Free Me
  21. The Match Game
  22. A Little Time
  23. Johnny's Heartbreak
  24. Amen
  25. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Redding   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
William Bell   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Otis Redding   Arranger,Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
King Curtis   Composer
Rex Stewart   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Arthur Brooks   Composer
Richard Brooks   Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer
B.B. King   Composer
Gene Lawson   Composer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Phil Walden   Composer
Jay Walker   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Jim Stewart   Producer
Al Jackson   Composer,Producer
Deanie Parker   Composer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Julius Green   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Jan Persson   Cover Photo
Mary Frierson   Composer
Zelma Redding   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
McElvoy Robinson   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Randle Catron   Composer
Babe Chivian   Composer
Allan Walden   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Roy Johnson   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Andy Gibson   Composer
Joseph Martin   Composer
Charles Cooke   Composer
Jimmie Cox   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
Carl Wells   Composer
Rory Wilson   Art Direction
Willia Parker   Composer
Reg Connelly   Composer
Allen Jones   Composer
Eddie Thomas   Composer

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