The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas talk to each other during their funky 1967 hit duet, "Tramp." "Otis, you're country," says Carla. "That's all right," he replies. Indeed, the rural twang in Redding's galvanizing voice gives it the kind of personality found in only the finest singers. DREAMS TO REMEMBER is a well-chosen two-disc version of the four-disc THE DEFINITIVE OTIS REDDING. It starts with "Shout Bamalama," the sort of up-tempo tune Otis sang to shake butts, and "These Arms of Mine," the type of soul ballad he sang to touch the heart. Redding was a gifted songwriter as well as a singer, with "Respect" probably his most famous tune (thanks to the Aretha Franklin version). Included are a number of classics he penned himself or with others -- "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Mr. Pitiful," and "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay." The latter was recorded just days before Redding died in a 1967 plane crash, and it became the singer's biggest hit. 1967 was also the year that Redding began to attract a white audience after wowing the hippies at the Monterey Pop Festival and, fittingly, the second disc concludes with five exhilarating tracks of Otis Redding in concert.