Otis Redding – The Dock Of The Bay (1968/2014) (Mono)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:30:55 minutes | 656 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download |  Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Atlantic Records
Recorded: July 11, 1965 – September 1, 1968

Otis Redding, an influential icon in soul music, had his life cut tragically short. The Dock of the Bay, one of several posthumous releases, is one of Redding’s most celebrated recordings. The album flourishes with hard pounding and intense soul showcasing Redding’s gritty vocal range. The album listed on Rolling Stone’s 500 “Greatest Albums of All Time” features the smash-hit singles, “I Love You More Than Words Can Say,” “The Glory of Love,” and Redding’s biggest hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” which topped the pop and R&B charts. In 1968, the single won Otis Redding two GRAMMY® Awards, one for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and one for Best R&B Song. The album peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 and #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B albums. Experience one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” with startling clarity.

It was never supposed to be like this: “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” was supposed to mark a beginning of a new phase in Otis Redding’s career, not an ending. Producer/guitarist Steve Cropper had a difficult task to perform in pulling together this album, the first of several posthumous releases issued by Stax/Volt in the wake of Otis Redding’s death. What could have been a cash-in effort or a grim memorial album instead became a vivid, exciting presentation of some key aspects of the talent that was lost when Redding died. Dock of the Bay is, indeed, a mixed bag of singles and B-sides going back to July of 1965, one hit duet with Carla Thomas, and a pair of previously unissued tracks from 1966 and 1967, respectively. There’s little cohesion, stylistic or otherwise, in the songs, especially when the title track is taken into consideration — nothing else here resembles it, for the obvious reason that Redding never had a chance to follow it up. Despite the mix-and-match nature of the album, however, this is an impossible record not to love. Cropper chose his tracks well, selecting some of the strongest and most unusual among the late singer’s orphaned songs: “I Love You More Than Words Can Say” is one of Redding’s most passionate performances; “Let Me Come on Home” presents an ebullient Otis Redding accompanied by some sharp playing; and “Don’t Mess With Cupid” begins with a gorgeous guitar flourish and blooms into an intense, pounding, soaring showcase for singer and band alike. No one could complain about the album then, and it still holds more than four decades later. Reissued on CD by the Atco label through Rhino Records in excellent sound. –Bruce Eder

1 (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay 02:44
2 I Love You More Than Words Can Say 02:53
3 Let Me Come On Home 02:56
4 Open The Door 02:26
5 Don’t Mess With Cupid 02:31
6 The Glory Of Love 02:38
7 I’m Coming Home To See About You 03:01
8 Tramp 03:00
9 The Huckle-Buck 03:02
10 Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down And Out) 03:08
11 Ole Man Trouble 02:36

Otis Redding – Vocals
Joe Arnold – Sax (Tenor)
Charles “Packy” Axton – Sax (Tenor)
Sammie Coleman – Trumpet
Steve Cropper – Guitar
Donald “Duck” Dunn – Bass
Isaac Hayes – Keyboards
Al Jackson, Jr. – Drums
Wayne Jackson – Trumpet
Booker T. Jones – Keyboards
Andrew Love – Sax (Tenor)
Gene Miller – Trumpet
Floyd Newman – Sax (Baritone)
Carla Thomas – Vocals