This February will mark the 50th anniversary of Otis Redding‘s classic ballad “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” released just a few weeks after the plane crash that tragically claimed the soul legend’s life at age 26. In honor of the milestone, a new box set will be released on December 15.
Called The Definitive Studio Album Collection, the box will feature vinyl versions of all seven studio albums Redding issued during his too-short career. It spans from Otis’ 1964 debut, Pain in My Heart, through his posthumous final album, 1968’s The Dock of the Bay. The set also includes King & Queen, Redding’s 1967 collaboration with fellow Memphis soul great Carla Thomas.
The discs will come packaged in sleeves replicating the cover art of the original albums, some of which have been out of print for years.
Spread across Redding’s seven albums are such classic tunes as “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Respect,” “Mr. Pitiful,” and the aforementioned “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” as well as Otis’ memorable cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
Redding’s backing group throughout his career was Stax Records’ legendary house band, Booker T. and the MG’s, which featured keyboardist Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn and drummer Al Jackson Jr.
Redding died on December 10, 1967, when his plane crashed in Wisconsin’s Lake Monona while traveling to show scheduled in Madison that night.
Here is the full list of albums featured in Otis Redding: The Definitive Studio Album Collection:
Pain in My Heart (1964)
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (1965)
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
The Soul Album (1966)
Complete and Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (1966)
King & Queen (1967) — Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
The Dock of the Bay (1968)
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