Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul [50th Anniversary Deluxe]

Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul [50th Anniversary Deluxe]

by Otis ReddingOtis Redding

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Recorded and released in 1966, Otis Redding's fifth album, Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul found the rugged-voiced deep soul singer continuing to expand the boundaries of his style while staying true to his rough and passionate signature sound. Redding's ambitious interpretations of "Tennessee Waltz" and especially "Try a Little Tenderness" found him approaching material well outside the traditional boundaries of R&B and allowing his emotionally charged musical personality to take them to new and unexpected places, and while his cover of "Day Tripper" wasn't his first attempt to confront the British Invasion, his invigorating and idiosyncratic take on the Beatles' cynical pop tune proved Redding's view of the pop music universe was broader than anyone might have expected at the time. While Redding's experiments with covers on this set were successful and satisfying, it was on his own material that he sounded most at home, and "My Lover's Prayer" and "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" are deep Southern soul at its finest, with Redding's forceful but lovelorn voice delivering an Academy Award-worthy performance. And once again, the Stax house band (centered around Booker T. & the MG's and the Memphis Horns) prove themselves both thoroughly distinctive and remarkably adaptable, fitting into the nooks and crannies of Redding's voice with their supple but muscular performances. With the exception of his duet album with Carla Thomas, Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul was the last studio album Redding would fully complete before his death, and it proves his desire for a broader musical statement didn't begin when he encountered "the love crowd" at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. [A 50th Anniversary Deluxe was released in 2016.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227944155
catalogNumber: 555965
Rank: 120998

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Redding   Primary Artist,Guitar
Booker T. & the MG's   Guest Appearance
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Memphis Horns   Guest Appearance
Joe Arnold   Tenor Saxophone
Charles "Packy" Axton   Tenor Saxophone
Gilbert Caples   Tenor Saxophone
Sammie Coleman   Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Isaac Hayes   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Rick Hall   Box
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Bass,Keyboards,Vibes
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Parker   Tenor Saxophone
David Porter   Background Vocals
Phil Walden   Tambourine
Al Jackson   Drums
Gene "Bowlegs" Miller   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Ronnie Stoots   Cover Design
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer,Producer
David Porter   Composer
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Deanie Parker   Composer
Reggie Collins   Reissue Producer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Oscar Franks   Composer

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