Otis Redding

These Arms of Mine

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Otis Redding's first bona fide R&B (number 20) hit single (it even scraped the bottom rungs of the pop charts), "These Arms of Mine" was also the very first occasion that Redding performed with Steve Cropper and Al Jackson and the rest of the Stax Records family. A masterful slice of Southern soul, it has echoes of Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge. The track builds with a low-key intensity that was to become a trademark of Redding's ballads.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Pain in My Heart 1964 Atco 2:30
Apollo Saturday Night 1964
Various Artists
Rhino Atlantic 2:41
Live in Europe 1967 Atco 3:47
The Dock of the Bay 1968 WEA International
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go 1968 Rhino 4:01
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay/Sweet Lorene 1968 Laserlight
No Image 1972 Atco
The Ultimate Otis Redding 1986 Warner Bros. 2:32
More Dirty Dancing 1987
Original Soundtrack
BMG / Sony Music Distribution 2:28
The Otis Redding Story 1989 Atlantic 2:30
Live at the Apollo 1990
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:28
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems 1991
Various Artists
2:31
The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1 1992 Rhino 2:35
Good to Me: Recorded Live at the Whisky A Go Go, Vol. 2 1993 Fantasy / Concord 3:31
Respect [Rhino] 1993 Rhino
Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 1993 Rhino 2:33
Soul Searching [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 2:32
All About Soul [Rhino] 1994
Various Artists
Rhino
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 7 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:31
Smooth Grooves: The '60s, Vol. 1: Early '60s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:33
Kings & Queens of Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:33
Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology 1998 Rhino 2:33
I Will Always Be There for You 1998
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:30
Love Songs 1998 Rhino 2:35
EDtv 1999
Original Soundtrack
Reprise / Warner Bros. 2:31
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Jazz / Wrong 2:32
Slow Motion Century Edition 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 2:32
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 2:33
Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Dirty Dancing 2003
Original Soundtrack
RCA 2:27
The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 2:21
Beg, Scream & Shout!: Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Atco / Rhino 2:35
Atlantic Gold 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 2:32
Rhino Hi-Five: Otis Redding 2005 Rhino 2:33
Natural High: All Time Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:32
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 5: 1961-1965 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:31
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 2:32
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:31
The Soul Story, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968 2007
Various Artists
Rhino Atlantic 2:31
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:30
Platinum Collection 2007 Rhino 2:35
Soul Story Infomercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Otis Redding [Tin Can] 2007 Madacy 2:33
100 Hits: Love 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:34
Pure Southern Soul 2007 Rhino 2:35
The Stax Story [Concord] 2008
Various Artists
Concord 2:32
Sweet Soul Music: 1963 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:31
Live in London and Paris 2008 Stax / Universal (Pty) Ltd. / Universal Music 3:26
Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 2008
Various Artists
Kent Soul 2:33
The Boat That Rocked [Movie Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Mercury 2:33
Good Morning England 2009
Original Soundtrack
Mercury 2:33
Soul Six Pack 2009 Decca / Stax / Universal Classics & Jazz 3:32
Pirate Radio Motion Picture Soundtrack 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution / Universal Republic / Republic 2:33
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:34
Live on the Sunset Strip 2010 Concord / Stax / Universal Music 3:35
The Very Best of Otis Redding: Soul Legend 2011 Music Club Deluxe 2:32
Original Album Series 2012 Rhino Atlantic 2:35
Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding 2012 Stax 2:34
100 Love Songs & Love Ballads 2013
Various Artists
4:Squared 2:34
The Collection [Rhino] 2013 Rhino 2:33
No Image 2013 Parker Street Records 2:33
The  Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection 2013 Shout! Factory 2:33
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros.
The King of Soul 2014 Rhino Atlantic 2:35
Dirty Dancing: L'Histoire Originale sur Scène 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:31
100 Hits Love [2015] 2015
Various Aritsts
100 Hits
Apollo Saturday Night/Saturday Night At the Uptown 2015
Various Artists
Real Gone Music 2:53
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 2:35
Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970 2015 Rhino 2:35
Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings 2016 Stax / Universal 4:15
100 Hits Legends 100 Hits
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:25
3/60: Soul Classics
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:33
A Soul Awakening: From Sacred to Secular
Various Artists
History of Soul Records 2:32
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:35
Deep Memphis Soul Hear Music
Going Home: The Road to Soul: Memphis, Stax and the Awakening of Southern Soul
Various Artists
Jasmine Records
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 11
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:25
Mojo Music Guide, Vol. 3: Raw Soul
Various Artists
Mojo Music (Independent)
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island/Def Jam / Universal 2:31
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:29
Where Southern Soul Began, Vol. 2: 1955-1962
Various Artists
History of Soul Records 2:37
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