With Jay-Z and Kanye West heading for the Top 40 with Otis, on which Otis Redding’s definitive recording of Try A Little Tenderness is extensively sampled, this is an opportune moment for Music Club to drop its new mid-priced-two-CD complilation, which cherry picks 38 soulful selections fromt he catalogue of Redding who dies in a plane crash in 1967, aged just 26.
It contains pretty much everything it should, including (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Hard To Handle and Mr Pitiful.
The King of Soul, Otis Redding, was born in Dawson, Georgia on September 9, 1941 and went on to become one of the most influential artists in the history of popular music.
A fine singer, songwriter, pianist and producer, he first found UK chart success with My Girl in 1965. Almost exactly two years later he recorded what was to become his biggest-ever hit, Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay. Three days later, on December 12, 1967, he and four members of his backing group The Bar Keys were killed when their chartered light air-craft crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
Such was the regard in which he was held that the US Post Office issued stamps bearing his face.
The best of his recordings during that tragically short career are contained here on this double-CD, which brings together 38 tremendous tracks.
Listen again tot such soul classics as hard To Handle, Shake, Mr Pitiful, Respect, Try A Little Tenderness and I’ve Been Loving You Too Long. Then there are brilliant cover versions of The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction and The Beatles’ Day Tripper. And don’t miss Otis Redding’s great duet with Carla Thomas, Tramp.
The first of a fantastic batch of double disc retrospectives from the guys at Demon Music group is this terrific set from the most iconic soul singers of all times.
Tragically killed in a plane crash at the end of ’67, Otis was on the cusp of being the king of soul, a title later given to him retrospectively, after his death.
Although he is probably best known for the ballad Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay (released shortly after his death) he had already earned himself a solid reputation as a stunning live performer and a soul singer extraordinaire via such wonderful tracks as These Arms Of Mine, I’ve Been Loving You Too Long and Try A Little Tenderness.
But it wasn’t just those knockout gritty soul ballads that formed the complete Otis Redding – he was just as at home on the dance floor with soulful covers of hits such as Shake, My Girl, Respect and (I Can’t get No) Satisfaction even outshining the Rolling Stones on the latter.
Compiled by soul man David Nathan this is a set to be treasured.