This 5-CD collection includes three of Otis Redding's four posthumous studio albums, Dock of the Bay, Love Man and Tell the Truth and the original versions of two of his live albums, the second also released posthumously. However, don't let the word posthumous put you off. At the time of Redding's death in December 1967 there was enough quality unreleased material to justify these releases.
Dock of the Bay made history as the first posthumous album to reach No. 1 in the UK charts. It was followed by "The Immortal Otis Redding", which is missing from this collection. Love Man, released in 1969 also has a number of good tracks, most notably the wonderfully unique Direct Me, which was a successful single. Tell the Truth (1970) is weaker by comparison, marking as it does, the end of the supply of new material.
Otis Redding's live recordings are always worth having, as they successfully convey the excitement in his performances and are well-recorded given their age. Live in Europe and At the Whiskey-A-GoGo share share a number of songs, but the former is, in my view, the better and the latter gives you his only recording of James Brown's Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.
As some other reviewers have noted, there are good reasons to invest in the later, enlarged, versions of the live albums, Also, two studio albums are missing from the Original Album Series Volumes 1 and 2: King and Queen (recorded with Carla Thomas) and the Immortal Otis Redding. Finally, if you ever get the chance to buy Live at Monterey, I would go for it. These are my only reasons for giving this collection four stars instead of five. Completists may want look for alternatives, but when all's said and done, the entry price for these 5 CDs makes them good value, even if you eventually end up with some duplication.