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The Ultimate Otis Redding [Best of]

Otis Redding Audio CD
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2. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
3. These Arms Of Mine
4. Pain In My Heart
5. Come To Me
6. Security
7. That's How Strong My Love Is
8. Mr. Pitiful
9. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
10. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
11. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
12. Try A Little Tenderness
13. Chained And Bound
14. Shake
15. Ole Man Trouble
16. Let Me Come On Home
17. Open The Door
18. That's What My Heart Needs
19. Tramp
20. I Can't Turn You Loose

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One Redding greatest-hits is pretty much as good as another--his work as the king of soul spanned barely five years, and the big issue is how you want to hear his hits sequenced. Ultimate leads off with a few signature songs, then concentrates on the very similar 6/8 deep-soul ballads that he specialized in early on. Redding, with his gritty-as-cornmeal drawl, could communicate the depths of romantic despair better than anyone of his era, but he was also a great uptempo soul shouter. It's not until the second half of Ultimate that a few more of the faster, more joyful numbers that he got to sing later on show up, as well as "Tramp," a priceless bit of Southern humor he sang with Carla Thomas. --Douglas Wolk

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Redding,Otis ~ Ultimate Otis Redding

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5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only king of Memphis Soul. May 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Otis Redding was truly the one and only King of Memphis Soul and this excellent compilation includes most of his big hits. Otis was great with both uptempo numbers and ballads and this CD offers a good sampling of both worlds. The liner notes are also very informative and this package is (as a whole) anice tribute to one of R&B's most important and influential male vocalists. Otis' music remains timeless and while I strongly recommend all of his original albums (all of which are now available on CD) this CD still a fine sampler of his music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Songs, Poor Quality Nov. 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
I agree with bigtimemusic lover: the sound quality of "The Ultimate Otis Redding" is sub-par. Although the choice of tracks is admirable, the mushy audio does not do Otis justice. If you still have your turntable hooked up, compare a hit track from an Otis LP (such as Atco's "The Best of Otis Redding") to the same track on this CD. You will be amazed at the difference.
If I were to own just one Otis Redding recording, it would have to be "Live in Europe". The energy, the crowd and - most especially - Otis' electric performance - make "Live in Europe" indispensable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Soul! April 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
You can hear straight out that Otis sings with all his heart and soul. What a talented man he was. His voice is something you can't ignore, and why would you? This cd is full of his best songs and it comes with the story of how much of a great artist he was and how tragic his death was. My favorite song is "Try A Little Tenderness". If you like this song and you haven't seen "Pretty In Pink" yet, you need to. There is a great scene where Jon Cryer is lip synching and dancing to this song. It's too bad he's not still around. His music will always be remembered.
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While I agree wholeheartedly with all the reviewers of the quality of Otis Redding's music, I must break away from the ranks and say that the sound of this CD stinks. It sounds very weak and sterile (as do most of the CDs from the Warner Special Products label that were issued in the mid 80's), something that isn't deserving of Otis Redding's stature. Pick up Rhino's The Very Best Of Otis Redding (either volumes), or better yet, pick up the 2-CD set "Dreams To Remember" which is PACKED with the good stuff as this CD just doesn't cut it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sept. 4 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you like Otis Reading this is the CD for you. It contains all of his best well-known gems and a few lesser well-known good ones as well. Complete work at a good price!
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