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“Dock Of The Bay Sessions” was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the album’s opening track “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” one of the last songs Redding ever recorded. Released in January 1968, it soon topped the charts in March 16th in the US becoming the first posthumous #1 single in the history of the U.S. music charts. It also reached number 3 in the UK, and went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide.


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Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl, direct to board jacket.

Otis Redding

Complete & Unbelievable.... The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul

Otis Redding helped define soul music in 1966 with "Complete And Unbelievable… The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul". The album, which peaked at #5 on the R&B charts, was once praised by critic Jon Landau as “The finest record ever to come out of Memphis and certainly the best example of modern soul ever recorded.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark recording, a deluxe edition is released which includes both the mono and stereo versions of the album in one package. Also included is a bonus 7" reissue of the 1966 single "Try A Little Tenderness" backed with "I'm Sick Y'All".


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2xLtd LP Info: Double vinyl features both mono and stereo versions of the album plus a bonus 7".

Otis Redding

Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

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. At the time of his tragic death at the age of 26, Redding was on the verge of breaking through to a wide pop audience (which he would indeed do with his posthumous number one single "[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay"). He was also tremendously respected by many white groups, particularly the Rolling Stones, who covered Redding's "Pain in My Heart." (via Allmusic.com)





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Ltd LP Info: Limited blue vinyl pressing.

Otis Redding

Pain In My Heart - 180g Vinyl Edition

At just 22 years of age, Otis Redding showed incredible maturity in his distinctive gravelly voice that became the vocal benchmark of Soul music. His very first album Pain In My Heart (1964) contained his first hit from 1962, “These Arms Of Mine”. His versatility shows in the diverse selection of material, like “The Dog” by Rufus Thomas, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke and “Lucille” by Little Richard. Backing him up are the rhythm section from Stax house band Booker T. & The MG’s and the horn players from The Mar-Keys. The album promised a wonderful career of Redding, which unfortunately would only last a mere 3 years after the release of Pain In My Heart.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: This man talked the language of love and helps us all to learn what it is like to have the most ecstatic feelings and the worst, most miserable ones, at the same time.
The title track, 'Pain in My Heart', in my opinion, epitomises the above perfectly. And to me it holds that raw passion and soul that the Stones lacked in their version.
In here you also have a superb version of Ben E King's Stand by Me' or the moving ode to rejected love 'These Arms of Mine'.
A timeless album showcasing the mastery of one of the best blues and soul voices that we have ever been gifted with. This was recorded when Otis was just 22 year old.


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