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The Dock of the Bay

Otis Redding

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Otis Redding could famously take a deceptively simple idea (like his signature tune here, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”) and turn it into a world-stopping meditation on loneliness and yearning. It’d sting, because Redding’s gritty voice was that real, that persuasive, that untouchable. Released posthumously in 1968 (pieces were recorded just days before his late-1967 death), Redding’s sixth album is jammed with his patented whiplash soul and wicked R&B sassafras. “Let Me Come on Home” features the raunchiest Steve Cropper guitar playing ever recorded, and the slinky classics “Tramp” (with Carla Thomas) and “Don’t Mess with Cupid” all defined a heavy black sound that later echoed in anything resonating rock ’n’ roll and soul, from Rod Stewart to The Allman Brothers to Free to The Black Crowes and so on. As with most Redding albums, you hear and feel every nuance: sweat drips from “The Huckle-Buck,” ache fills the room on “The Glory of Love,” and tears drop on the Jimmy Cox blues standard “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out).” The whole album is an absolute essential.

Customer Reviews

Wrong Song for "I'm Coming Home to See About You"

They have the wrong song for "I'm Coming Home to See About You". They put "I'm Coming Home" in it's place. WRONG!!! I love the afore mentioned song and it is not on this album which it should be. I am very dissappointed in Itunes seeing as they put the music on here. I would like them to fix this error and then maybe I would buy the whole album but since the right song is missing I will look for it elsewhere.

Otis Redding Lives On.....

This album is just excellent from beginning to end. I think "Dock Of The Bay" was a sign of what would have happened in Otis Redding's career if he were still with us. Otis was the heart and soul of Stax, no doubt about that. Everyone of his albums are must haves, especially this one. His music lives on, and what a legacy he left us.....OTIS REDDING ROCKS!!!

The best

Otis is not only the best soul singer that ever lived, he is arguably the best artist that has ever lived.

His music transcends generations and will do so for years to come. Not just his voice, but the words, music, and composition of his work will continue to speak to people's heart and soul for many more years.

Though his is considered the greatest, in my book he is still one of the most underrated and underrated artist in history.


Born: September 9, 1941 in Dawson, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s

One of the most influential soul singers of the 1960s, Otis Redding exemplified to many listeners the power of Southern "deep soul" — hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads. He was also the most consistent exponent of the Stax sound, cutting his records at the Memphis label/studios that did much to update R&B into modern soul. His death at the age of 26 was tragic not just because he seemed on the verge of breaking through...
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