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Soul music derives from church music, and no singer took the fervor of the Southern pulpit to the secular stage like Otis Redding. This primer gathers up the best of his songs, both the chastising vamps over which he rants and roars (“Mr. Pitiful,” “Respect”) and the hymnals; slow-baked ballads that reach feverish intensity the longer Otis testifies (“My Lover’s Prayer,” “Try a Little Tenderness”). The promise of salvation is always to be found in the healing fire of his voice.

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The Dock of The Bay and Try a Little Tenderness are in stereo for the first time on itunes. BTW the whole collection is fantastic.

One of my All Time Favorites!

During the summer of 1968, I drove around in a Buick Century with a 4-track tape player (not an 8 track but a 4 track) and bought this tape on a recommendation of an older friend who was responsible for making me a major music lover. This collections was fabulous! There is no way to explain the experiences I had that summer without a reflection of this as being the soundtrack for my summer. The album still ranks today as one of my top 20 of all time. If you are unfamiliar with Otis Redding, I would recommend this collection above all others I have heard.

Listen to songs like "Try A Little Tenderness", this did a classic build and climax that preceded the song "Stairway To Heaven" by about 4 years and gave anyone who heard it the same feeling. "Dock Of The Bay" released after his death, was his biggest hit, but in my mind every one of these songs are a hit.

The Stax Label did not try to be Motown with this artist and it paid off is spades. A unique sound, a unique artist and a great collection of songs makes this album one for the decades.


Great artist!!!


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 to a wide...
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