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It is impossible to overrate Otis Redding. This Rhino compilation, while in no way comprehensive, is nonetheless an outstanding sampler of songs by one of soul music's all-time titans. There's not a dud among these 16 songs, and some, like "These Arms Of Mine," "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," and "Try A Little Tenderness," rank among the greatest pop songs ever recorded.

Redding's performances are mesmerizing and seem to embody the perfect balance between acute sensitivity and sheer overwhelming emotional strength. The combination of Redding's magnetism and the quality of such songs as "Mr. Pitiful," "I Can't Turn You Loose," and "Respect" is almost too good to be true. The album's only shortcoming is that there aren't more tracks to savor. A perfect introduction to this phenomenal singer.

Includes liner notes by Kevin Phinney.

Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot & Dan Hersch.

1  These Arms of Mine (Redding)  2  Pain in My Heart (Neville)  3  That's How Strong My Love Is (Jamison)  4  Mr. Pitiful (Cropper/Redding)  5  I've Been Loving You Too Long (Butler /Redding)  6  Respect (Redding)  7  I Can't Turn You Loose (Cropper/Redding/Redding)   8  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards)  9  My Lover's Prayer (Redding)  10  Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (Cropper/Redding)  11  Try a Little Tenderness (Campbell/Connelly/Woods)   12  Shake (Cooke)  13  The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) (Cropper/Redding)  14  Tramp (Fulson/McCracklin)  15  (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay (Cropper/Redding)   16  I've Got Dreams to Remember (Redding/Redding) 
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Release Date:  November 24, 1992
Label:  Rhino
Artist:  Otis Redding
Genre:  Southern Soul
Release Date:  November 24, 1992
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It was the summer of 1967.  Otis Redding was in the midst of the performance of his life at Monterey International Pop Festival.  What he was referring to of course was the way Aretha Franklin had turned his song "Respect" into one of the biggest hits of the year.  His version topped out at #35 on the pop charts a couple of years earlier.  But I digress.  Otis Redding was just beginning to hit his stride as summer turned to autumn in 1967.  This veteran performer …
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