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Remember Me (Remastered)

Otis Redding

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Album Review

For decades it was presumed by fans that the posthumous Otis Redding (acoustic guitar/vocals) studio platters The Dock of the Bay (1968), The Immortal Otis Redding (1968), Love Man (1969), and Tell the Truth (1970) had uncovered all the hidden and unreleased treasures from Redding's heartbreakingly brief yet appreciatively prolific career. Thankfully, archivist Roger Armstrong — who is perhaps best known for his outstanding contributions to the U.K.-based Ace Records reissue imprint — discovered nearly two dozen additional remnants and presents them on this single-disc anthology. As Stax Records authority Rob Bowman points out in his insightful liner notes essay, the label did not keep precise documentation concerning recording session dates and personnel. So, some detective (and possible guess) work was needed when chronologically placing a few of the lesser-known titles. That certainly doesn't detract from the experience of uncovering formerly shelved selections such as the greasy and unmistakable Memphis groove behind "Trick or Treat," or the high-octane horn punctuations on the inaugural take of "Loving by the Pound" that are clearly in the vein of what would turn up as "Respect." To demonstrate the evolutionary processes and the importance of his collaborative relationship with Steve Cropper (guitar) — a second completely revamped approach rechristened "Pounds and Hundreds (LBs + 100s)" — is offered midway through the compendium. Another treasure is the oft-rumored rendition of the achingly poignant "I've Got Dreams to Remember" featuring unique lyrics by Redding's wife Zelma Redding. Little Richard's influence is evident on the impassioned overhaul of "Send Me Some Lovin'," which Redding re-forms with an undeniably singular and inspired interpretation. The alternate versions of "Respect," "Open the Door," "Come to Me," "Try a Little Tenderness," and the first two attempts of Redding's swan song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," are arguably the most revealing moments on the entire package. Perhaps because the originals are so deeply ingrained in the psyche of Redding devotees, hearing the developmental stages or hearing the songs presented in a foreign context is nothing short of soul music manna. The one item that had been available prior to Remember Me (1992) is the concluding "Stay in School" message that was part of a larger campaign producing the promo-only Stay in School, Don't Be a Dropout long-player. It's a fun and lighthearted way to wrap up one of the best collections for R&B aficionados or the just plain curious consumer alike.

Customer Reviews

Number One With A Bullet!!!

I remember my sister giving me her 45. Yes that's 45RPM "record", not to be confused with a large CD. The label read "VOLT" and the artist was Otis Redding. The song was "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay." The flip side was "Sweet Lorraine." I was all of 14 years old when this gem hit the air waves in the summer of 1968. The time of the song was 2 minutes and 38 seconds. Back then artist were not allowed to let their songs run longer than 3 minutes if they wanted their songs to be aired. I have a LARGE cd collection and I was thumbing through the ones that I have when I noticed Otis' two versions of "Dock Of The Bay." WOW I WAS BLOWN AWAY!!!!! when I heard these versions. It was a NO BRAINER! I downloaded them and burned them. My brother, who also is a BIG fan of the 60's, heard them and was wanting to know where I got them from. I told him and now he has ITUNES. Thanks for bringing them never before heard of classic oldies!!!

Excellent album

This entire album is amazing. The tracks weren't previously released but they should have been. Download the whole thing.

My Thoughts

Bye this album and girls will touch you. You will be happy.

Biography

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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