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The Very Best Of Otis Redding


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Biography

Born in Dawson, Ga., Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was five years old. At an early age he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. Otis attended Ballard Hudson High School and participated in the school band. Determined to help his family financially, he began to compete in the Douglass Theatre talent shows for the ... Read more in Amazon's Otis Redding Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005RT8V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Respect (Single/LP Version)
2. Try A Little Tenderness (LP Version)
3. Love Man
4. Shake (LP Version)
5. Mr. Pitiful (Single/LP Version)
6. I Can't Turn You Loose (LP Version)
7. Pain In My Heart (Single/LP Version)
8. You Left The Water Running
9. My Lover's Prayer (Single/LP Version)
10. Tramp (LP Version)
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I've Been Loving You Too Long (Single/LP Version)
2. These Arms Of Mine (Single/ LP Version)
3. Hard To Handle
4. That's What My Heart Needs
5. Security
6. Satisfaction [I Can't Get No] (LP Version)
7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa [Sad Song] (Single/LP Version)
8. The Happy Song [Dum-Dum] (LP Version)
9. Come To Me
10. Change Gonna Come
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Product Description

Two CD set. This collection of 40 tracks from the singer's too-short career serves as both a more-than-complete overview of his career and a great hits collection. This set also charts Redding's evolution as he moved from his beginnings as a Little Richard-like belter to an accomplished performer who later found his own voice on classic recordings like 'I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)', 'Try a Little Tenderness' and '(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay'. He may have died young, but Otis had an old soul. Warner.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2006
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This album is the best introduction to Otis you'll find. He sings with such soul it is almost painful at times, yet when he pulls out all the stops and brings the tempo up, you can't help but smile. Songs like 'I've Been Loving You' and 'Change Gonna Come' are sung with such emotion that you fully understand where the phrase soul music came from. This is a great collection showcasing that voice and his amazing song writing. Unsurpassed and essential for any music collection.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MISS W PHIPPS on 14 Oct 2003
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I heard this album for the first time last year. From the moment it was put on it touched me almost violently. I was played disc 2 and every time I hear that first track now, tears well up in my eyes. The whole disc is just one song after the other of deep, almost painful love. It just pours out of his voice.
If you like Soul music, you HAVE to have this album.
I moved house and lost it but I can't live without it so I'm online buying it again.
I recommend you do the same.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun 2007
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If you want to understand why Otis 40 years since he died is still unmatched as a great soul singer, then this excellent compilation of his lifetime recordings (several released after his untimely death in 1967) will provide the evidence.

The collection is well compiled plus transcribed and the running order over both CDs reflects the man's live shows where the changing of pace from outright rockers (Respect, Security, I can't turn you loose, Satisfaction etc.) to emotionally sung tender ballads where every nuance and pitch is perfect (Try a little tenderness, I've been loving you too long etc) kept the levels high. Steve Cropper's quote that recording with Otis was like going to Church in that he inspired you is well evidenced here.

While there are no live tracks here, the 40 tracks are an effective cross section of all his different styles and so provide an otstanding introduction and deserve the tile "The very best of" - I could not think of a studio track I would wish had been included. In addition the set has an excellent set of liner notes covering Otis's recording history.

If suitably aroused by listening to what is contained here, consider looking for the solo albums (especially "Otis Blue") and the DVD "Otis Remembered" which captures him live in performance at Moneterey and in the UK during the Stax/Volt Revue Tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2012
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Is this the best ever compilation of any singer?
Forty essential tracks over two hours on two CDs, with copious sleevenotes in a well-presented booklet, the magisterial voice of this most emotive of soul singers breaking the listener`s heart on such songs as These Arms Of Mine, Chained And Bound
and A Change Is Gonna Come.
The latter song was penned by the equally great Sam Cooke, a singer who influenced a generation of others, just as they were all in turn inspired by Ray Charles, who was influenced by Nat `King` Cole...
The version by Otis is more impassioned than Cooke`s, but then everything Otis sang was impassioned, drenched in what we`ve come to call soul - I prefer the adjective `soulful` - with a cracked, note-bending style that grabs each song and tears its heart from it, giving it back to the grateful listener with heart & soul intact but transformed by an untutored vocal artsistry which can`t be analysed too much, only lauded and applauded. Where Sam sang Change Gonna Come in his smoothly gracious tones, dignified in his plea, Otis also wrings the heart with a part-improvised, gut-wrenching version that`s one of the great vocal performances in popular music of the last fifty years.
It`s pretty much all here. High-spirited upbeat numbers such as Shake (another one Cooked up by Sam), the exhilarating Hard To Handle, the self-penned Respect, and a stomp through the self-advertising Love Man, alongside mid-tempo classics like Mr Pitiful, Security and the delightfully witty, tongue-in-cheek duet with a feisty Carla Thomas on Tramp. But it`s the heart-melting ballads which get to me more than anything.
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By John Dudgeon on 3 May 2014
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Good album
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This 2 CD collection is a must for those Otis fans- and who isn't?- who like me needed to have some of his finest material readily to hand. Not that I shall be abandoning those old Stax LPs! What we have here is a gathering of the familiar, the outstanding such as "My Lover's Prayer", "Try a Little Tenderness", and "I've Been Loving You Too Long", the fun like "Tramp" with Carla Thomas, and some less well known,

40 tracks here- great value from the master of soul, sadly cut down all too young.
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Excellent CD and a must for Otis fans.There is not a poor track on the album. This album is nostalgic and yet fresh at the same time.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gillian R on 4 July 2005
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I have always been quite a hard core Indie fan. I cam across my first Otis Redding song 'Try a Little Tenderness' when I was watching the 80s Teen Flick, Pretty In Pink. Even as a cover version, Otis' voice, improvisation and musical feel struck me to hear one of the most emotional, moving and captivating songs I had heard in a long time. It caught my emotions exactly at that moment and now remains a song that is very precious to me.
I would like to say thank you to Otis Redding for opening my eyes to different varieties of amazing music, and for creating this incredible album. As someone said before, it is a shame we lost him at such a young age as he had such a unique talent, but i am thankful his music remains to keep his memory forever
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