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
No Image 1972 Atco
No Image 1986 Pair 0:00
The Ultimate Otis Redding 1986 Warner Bros. 2:32
Dirty Dancing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1987
Various Artists
RCA 0:00
More Dirty Dancing 1987
Original Soundtrack
RCA 2:26
Road House [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1989 Arista 2:30
The Otis Redding Story 1989 Atlantic 2:30
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:30
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: R&B Gems 1991
Various Artists
2:31
The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1 1992 Rhino 2:34
Respect [Rhino] 1993 Rhino
Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding 1993 Rhino 2:33
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
I've Been Loving You Too Long & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records 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 2:34
EDtv 1999
Original Soundtrack
Reprise / Warner Bros. 2:31
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music / Wrong 2:32
Slow Motion Century Edition 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 2:32
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 2:32
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
3 for 1 Box Set 2002 WEA International 2:34
Very Best of Otis Redding 2002 Atco 2:33
Aretha and Otis 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 2:32
Ultimate Dirty Dancing 2003
Various Artists
RCA 2:27
The Ultimate Chick Flick Love Songs 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:21
Beg, Scream & Shout!: Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Atco / Rhino 2:34
Legends of Soul: Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 2005 WEA 2:31
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
Platinum Collection: Love Songs 2006 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Rhino 0:00
Complete Stax-Volt Singles, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 2:31
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:30
Atlantic 60th: Satin Grooves - The '60s 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:35
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:35
Pure Southern Soul 2007 Atlantic / Records / Rhino 2:34
Sweet Soul Music: 1963 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:31
Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 2008
Various Artists
Kent Soul 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
Love Songs Actually 2011
Various Artists
Mercury 2:31
Original Album Series 2012 Atco / Rhino / Rhino Flashback / Warner Bros. 2:34
Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding 2012 Concord 2:33
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection 2013 Shout! Factory 2:33
The King of Soul 2014 Atlantic 4:01
The Complete Studio Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 4:01
Stax Classics 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 2:34
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
Deep Memphis Soul Hear Music
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:31