Otis Redding

The Collection [Rhino]

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Otis Redding's recording career really only lasted five years, from 1962 through 1967 (seven studio albums in all), and the balance of it, along with his biggest hits, really only came in the last two years of that time, with his biggest hit and first number one, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," released after his death. All of it was enough, though, to establish Redding as the greatest performer of the classic deep soul era, a designation he undoubtedly deserves. Most of his key and essential tracks are collected here, but as iconic as these sides are, with a singer and performer this good, they only tell part of the story.

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