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The King of Soul

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227960681
  • Catalog Number: 541306
  • Sales rank: 73,672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 These Arms Of Mine (2:32)
  2. 2 Hey Hey Baby (2:45)
  3. 3 That's What My Heart Needs (2:40)
  4. 4 Mary's Little Lamb (2:39)
  5. 5 Pain In My Heart (2:24)
  6. 6 Something Is Worrying Me (2:26)
  7. 7 Come To Me (2:46)
  8. 8 Don't Leave Me This Way (2:57)
  9. 9 Security (2:34)
  10. 10 Chained And Bound (2:38)
  11. 11 Your One And Only Man (3:11)
  12. 12 That's How Strong My Love Is (2:24)
  13. 13 Mr. Pitiful (2:43)
  14. 14 A Woman, A Lover, A Friend (3:20)
  15. 15 Nothing Can Change This Love (3:03)
  16. 16 It's Too Late (3:02)
  17. 17 For Your Precious Love (2:54)
  18. 18 Home In Your Heart (2:05)
  19. 19 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (3:00)
  20. 20 I'm Depending On You (2:31)
  21. 21 Respect (2:09)
  22. 22 Ole Man Trouble (2:37)
  23. 23 Change Gonna Come (4:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shake (2:39)
  2. 2 Satisfaction (2:54)
  3. 3 Down In The Valley (2:59)
  4. 4 My Girl (2:54)
  5. 5 Rock Me Baby (3:37)
  6. 6 You Don't Miss Your Water (3:05)
  7. 7 I Can't Turn You Loose (2:43)
  8. 8 Just One More Day (3:30)
  9. 9 Any Ole Way (2:33)
  10. 10 It's Growing (2:49)
  11. 11 Cigarettes and Coffee (4:00)
  12. 12 Chain Gang (3:02)
  13. 13 Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out) (3:09)
  14. 14 Good To Me (3:50)
  15. 15 Everybody Makes A Mistake (3:22)
  16. 16 Just One More Day (5:26)
  17. 17 Mr. Pitiful (2:06)
  18. 18 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (4:36)
  19. 19 These Arms Of Mine (4:01)
  20. 20 Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (4:47)
  21. 21 Don't Mess With Cupid (2:29)
  22. 22 My Lover's Prayer (3:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Try A Little Tenderness (3:22)
  2. 2 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (2:43)
  3. 3 I'm Sick Y'All (2:57)
  4. 4 Tennessee Waltz (2:57)
  5. 5 Sweet Lorene (2:28)
  6. 6 Day Tripper (2:33)
  7. 7 You're Still My Baby (3:51)
  8. 8 Hawg For You (3:30)
  9. 9 I Love You More Than Words Can Say (2:56)
  10. 10 Let Me Come On Home (2:56)
  11. 11 Open The Door (2:26)
  12. 12 Tramp - Otis & Carla (3:03)
  13. 13 Knock On Wood - Otis & Carla (2:51)
  14. 14 Let Me Be Good to You - Otis & Carla (2:55)
  15. 15 Lovey Dovey - Otis & Carla (2:36)
  16. 16 New Year's Resolution - Otis & Carla (3:18)
  17. 17 Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis - Otis & Carla (2:36)
  18. 18 White Christmas (3:06)
  19. 19 Merry Christmas, Baby (2:28)
  20. 20 Glory Of Love (2:53)
  21. 21 The Huckle-Buck (3:04)
  22. 22 Tell The Truth (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Respect (3:43)
  2. 2 Can't Turn You Loose (3:28)
  3. 3 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) [Version (4:07)
  4. 4 My Girl (2:42)
  5. 5 Shake (2:32)
  6. 6 Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (4:04)
  7. 7 Try A Little Tenderness (5:08)
  8. 8 I've Got Dreams To Remember (3:15)
  9. 9 Nobody's Fault But Mine (2:25)
  10. 10 Hard To Handle (2:20)
  11. 11 Thousand Miles Away (2:11)
  12. 12 The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De-De-De-Dum-Dum) (2:43)
  13. 13 A Waste Of Time (3:20)
  14. 14 Champagne And Wine (2:59)
  15. 15 A Fool For You (2:57)
  16. 16 I'm A Changed Man (2:17)
  17. 17 Direct Me (2:18)
  18. 18 Love Man (2:19)
  19. 19 Look At That Girl (2:38)
  20. 20 Free Me (3:08)
  21. 21 The Match Game (2:55)
  22. 22 A Little Time (2:30)
  23. 23 Johnny's Heartbreak (2:33)
  24. 24 Amen (3:03)
  25. 25 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Redding Primary Artist
Technical Credits
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 Jr. 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
Charles Benson Remastering
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
Lowell Fulsom Composer
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