Otis Redding - The Best of Otis Redding (2020 Mono Remaster)
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Had his short life not been snuffed out by a plane crash (the curse of many a budding legends from Buddy Holly to Skynyrd), Otis Redding would have emerged as the Memphis based STAX label's biggest superstar. His reflective anthem "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" topped the charts posthumously after Booker T & The MGs guitarist Steve Cropper completed it. Otis Redding's work was stuffed with sanctified classics, from sweat-soaked showstoppers "Mr. Pitiful" and "Can't Turn You Loose", to the heart-strangling pleas "These Arms Of Mine" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long".
Dozens of admirers tackled his smokin' soul catalogue, most notably, Aretha Franklin's "sock it to me" take on "Respect", but also The Blues Brothers, The Black Crowns, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, and Three Dog Night. Otis' heat-sinking interpretations of The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and Sam Cooke's booty-bumper "Shake" proved he could belt 'em as effortlessly as he wrote 'em. This much needed vinyl release of this timeless sixteen track sampler The Best of Otis Redding stands tall as a tantalizing tribute to one of the sixties' towering talents.
Heavyweight vinyl produced by Atlantic Records in 2020. Remastered from the original analog tapes featuring all mono mixes. Extensive liner notes by Memphis journalist Andria Lisle. US Import.