Otis Redding

I've Been Loving You Too Long

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Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is an R&B hit love ballad of the '60s that has lost none of its soulful power with the passing decades. Redding's success with the single was second only to that of his ever-popular classic "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." He co-wrote the song in 1965 with Chicago soul singer Jerry Butler and recorded it for release on 1966's Otis Blue. Although the song has been covered many times in the decades since, and was even revived for a Top 25 R&B hit by Ike & Tina Turner in mid-1969, Otis Redding remains the definitive singer of "I've Been Loving You Too Long." His gritty vocals and heart-wrenched delivery in this soulful tune add intimacy to the song's universal theme: it's the plea of a lover to the loved one who's leaving. Redding's extended (almost twice as long) live performance of the song at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, just months before his death, is regarded by many as Redding's best recording of "I've Been Loving You Too Long." This particular take features Redding in prime impassioned form, with added bonuses of Redding urging the band to repeat the chorus "one more time" quickly answered by brass section punches, as well as Redding's all-out, energetic, and inspired performance of one of his greatest songs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul 1965 Atco 2:57
No Image 1972 Atco
The Ultimate Otis Redding 1986 Warner Bros. 3:12
Classic Rock: 1965 - The Beat Goes On 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:14
The Otis Redding Story 1989 Atlantic 3:10
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:09
Rhythm & Blues: 1965 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:49
The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1 1992 Rhino 2:57
Respect [Rhino] 1993 Rhino
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 3:12
Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 1993 Rhino 4:08
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 3:16
Soul Patrol, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:53
Love Ballads [Connoisseur Collection] 1995
Various Artists
3:15
MVP Classic Soul, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
MVP Records 3:12
I've Been Loving You Too Long & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records 2:54
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology 1998 Rhino 4:08
Love Songs 1998 Rhino 2:57
Solid Gold Soul: Deep Soul 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:56
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 2:55
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:13
3 for 1 Box Set 2002 WEA International 2:57
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 2:57
Aretha and Otis 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:55
The Essentials 2002 Atlantic / Warner Music 2:55
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 2:55
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:55
Legends of Soul: Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 2005 WEA 2:53
Glory Road [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Various Artists
Hollywood 3:13
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:14
Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century 2006
Various Artists
Universal / Um3 2:55
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:14
Platinum Collection: Love Songs 2006 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino 0:00
Complete Stax-Volt Singles, Vol. 4 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:14
Sweet Soul Music: The Best of Stax 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 0:00
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 3:15
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:55
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:57
Original Album Series 2012 Atco / Rhino / Rhino Flashback / Warner Bros. 2:57
Atlantic Soul Legends : 20 Original Albums From the Iconic Atlantic Label 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:28
Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding 2012 Concord 0:00
The King of Soul 2014 Atlantic 0:00
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 3:14
Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00
Stax Classics 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 3:14
Deep Memphis Soul Hear Music
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Mum
Various Artists
Mum
Rhino 2:58
Top Hits/Ballads & Love Songs 60's & 70's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 2:55