Stax Classics
Otis Redding

The new Stax Classics series celebrates the iconic label’s greatest stars, offering new liner notes, label discographies and 12 choice cuts from the artists’ Stax catalog. This collection highlights the music of Otis Redding, who arrived anonymously – as a chauffeur for another artist – in 1962, and would go on to become an R&B supernova, with a body of work that helped transform Stax from a small record label to a musical institution. Starting with “These Arms of Mine,” which floored Stax owner Jim Stewart when Redding humbly asked to audition on that fateful day, through a host of bona fide soul classics from “Mr Pitiful,” “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” “Security, “Try A Little Tenderness,” and of course the self-penned “Respect,” later immortalized by Aretha Franklin, all included on this collection. The life and career of The Big O tragically ended with a 1967 plane crash, but his legacy was cemented with the posthumous single release, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” a chart topper on both the R&B and pop listings, and a lasting reminder of the true genius of The King Of Soul ™.

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TRACK LISTING:

  1. (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay
  2. These Arms of Mine
  3. Try a Little Tenderness
  4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
  5. Mr Pitiful
  6. Respect
  7. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
  8. Pain In My Heart
  9. Just One More Day
  10. That's How Strong My Love Is
  11. Security
  12. Satisfaction