The Best: See & Hear (Shout Factory, 2009)
Shout Factory has released a two-disc set by Otis Redding, one of the influential legends of American soul music. The Best: See & Hear includes a CD of his greatest hits for the Stax and Volt labels. The most familiar song is the now classic "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay." Other hits include "I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)," "Respect," "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction," "Try A Little Tenderness," and seven others.
In Otis Redding’s music one can hear the evolution of African American music. Redding’s passionate singing style shows how Gospel vocals became a secular form used in soul, rhythm and blues and rock music. His song arrangement include a wide variety of colors, ranging from church-style organ to the lively brass arrangements used in the 1960s.
As a highly influential artist in American popular music, Otis Redding is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Redding wrote songs which later became hits for fellow soul artists, including “Respect,” later performed by Aretha Franklin, and the rock classic “Satisfaction,” later performed by The Rolling Stones. Three of Otis Redding’s recordings, “Shake,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” were listed on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of “The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”
The double set also contains a 12-track DVD, directed by D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop), featuring 9 classic Otis Redding performances from 1967, as well as performances by Booker T. & The MG’s and Sam & Dave.
Redding died in a plane crash in 1967. He was only 26.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.