Otis Redding

A Change Is Gonna Come

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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 Atco 4:16
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
3 for 1 Box Set 2002 WEA International 4:16
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 4:17
Legends of Soul: Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 2005 WEA 4:14
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
Original Album Series 2012 Atco / Rhino / Rhino Flashback / Warner Bros. 0:00
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:14
The King of Soul 2014 Atlantic 0:00
Deep Memphis Soul Hear Music
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 4:17