Otis Redding

A Change Is Gonna Come

Composed by Sam Cooke

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Sam Cooke's final single before his early anf untimely death, "A Change Is Gonna Come" solidified his gospel roots with a heartbreaking ballad that foreshadowed Curtis Mayfield's social statements of civil rights and brotherhood. (It was obviously a perfect choice for Otis Redding to cover, as he had been a huge influence). Redding's version has a bit more buoyancy than Cooke's, while retaining the song's captivating emotional message.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul 1965 Rhino Atlantic 4:19
The Dock of the Bay 1968 WEA International
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay/Sweet Lorene 1968 Laserlight
No Image 1972 Atco
The Otis Redding Story 1989 Atlantic 4:17
Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 1993 Rhino 4:16
Movin' on Up, Vol. 1: Songs from the Civil Rights Struggle 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 4:17
The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 2 1995 Rhino 4:16
Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology 1998 Rhino 4:16
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 4:18
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 4:17
Stax Profiles 2006 Fantasy / Stax 4:17
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 4:16
Change Is Gonna Come: The Voice of Black America 1963-1973 2007
Various Artists
Kent Soul 4:17
Platinum Collection 2007 Warner Platinum 4:15
Pure Southern Soul 2007 Rhino 4:19
Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:11
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:14
The Collection [Rhino] 2013 Rhino 4:17
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 4:19
Classic Soul Anthems
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 4:15
Deep Memphis Soul Hear Music
The Old Grey Whistle Test: Soul
Various Artists
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