The Dock of the Bay [Vinyl]
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35 of 36 found the following review helpful:
A little respect May 11, 2000
By Michael Sean
Released shortly after his death, this album was the first of several posthumous Otis Redding releases. The fabulous title track reached number one on both the pop and R&B charts, introducing Otis' talent and emotive energy to a much wider (and whiter) audience. Inspired by the Beatles' adventurous songwriting, and his positive experience at the Monterey Pop Festival, he wrote "The Dock of the Bay" while relaxing in Sausalito. He recorded it on December 7, 1967, three days before the airplane crash that would take his life and four members of his touring band, The Bar-Kays. The song was unlike anything he had released thus far, and showed the promising artistic direction he was headed in. Guitarist, co-writer, and friend Steve Cropper compiled this tribute album around it, gathering together some of his past singles, along with the unreleased ballad "Open The Door." There are plenty of great songs, such as the magnificent "Let Me Come On Home," "Don't Mess With Cupid," and his classic duet with Carla Thomas, "Tramp." The funky "Huckle-Buck" is from the Stax "Stay In School" record, and two fine cuts from earlier albums close out the set. As always, the backing musicians on all of the tracks are the fantastic Stax players of Booker T. & The MG's and the Mar-Keys. This disc is a testament to Otis Redding's mastery of his craft, and makes for a decent primer on his sound. It was soon followed by "The Immortal Otis Redding," an excellent collection of unreleased studio recordings.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Essential Otis Jan 30, 2000
I listen to this album every day and think what a tradgedy it is that Otis Redding died before his time. The music that this man was starting to create is the epitomy of soul and I am moved nearly to tears listenting to Otis belt out such tunes as 'Ole Man Trouble', 'Let Me Come Home', and 'The Glory of Love' and in the next moment smiling and laughing along with Otis on the tunes 'Tramp' and 'The Huckle-Buck'. I am a fan of all generes of music and this is the one album I would reccomend to anyone, no matter what kind of music they prefer. Listen to 'Dock of the Bay' I gurantee you will fall in love with Otis Redding.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
More than words can say Jul 25, 2005
I stayed away from this CD for years simply because 'Dock of the Bay' was so overexposed. Recently, I gave this one a chance and it exceeded my expectations. I still think 'Immortal Otis' is the essential Otis Redding album. However, this one will blow you away too. He just has a way of owning a song and making it completely his. Otis has covered a few songs and they all take on new meaning, like 'Respect.'- just totally Otis. People have tried to take on Otis, as cover material, but his style is simply too unique, too much soul for any mere mortal.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
They lost the recipe May 24, 2010
By John Schuh
They just don't make them like this anymore. They must have lost the recipe. You've heard The Dock of the Bay, but have you heard The Glory of Love?
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Who Knew This Would Only Be The Beginning May 27, 2011
By Andre S. Grindle
With the vast number of people from Raaphael Saadiq to John Legend taking references from things like 60's Memphis Soul as a reaction to the contemporary R&B scene dominated by electronic modern hip-hop clishes and ProTool vocal stabalizer effects I wonder if a lot of people realize that this music,the source of it all wasn't entirely intentional. Lack of resources due to budget and period considerations was what resulted in the rawer sound that Otis Redding and his contemporaries on and off Stax came to be known for. He realeased album after album of straight ahaead Memphis soul from 1964 all the way up to this,the first of several posthumous albums of material that became popular after he passed on. Of course the title song is endelibly stamped on just about everyone's brain with years of oldies radio ware and cultural impact. In fact it's the one Otis Redding song likely everyone knows for sure. But it's still a worthwhile collection to pick up due to the presense of intensely grooving funky soul tunes "Let Me Come On Home" and Steve Croppers "Don't Mess With Cupid",featuring an opening guitar riff pretty much used in every retro soul project one could think of,usually accompanied by a crackling vinyl effect of some sort.
It's also important to note that this is one of those albums that stands very well on it's own merrits as opposed to merely how enormous an influence it's had. "The Glory Of Love" and "Nobody Knows You (When Your Down And Out)" again showcase Reddings gospel crying on two of his most reflective and vocally involved soul ballads here. Of course that's what Redding was known for. For more of his funkier side there's "The Huckle Buck" and a reprise of "Tramp",the duet with Carla Thomas from theirKing & Queen (also more than worth checking out-as is all of Redding's music). Ditto for the repeat performance here of another ballad "Ole Man Trouble". As sometimes over hyped as Redding was,largely due to his death I imagine it's important to know the man himself was actually a pretty ordinary guy who,though very talented as a writer and vocalist was always keen on playing up his "country style" in different ways and was very proud of his rural Southern soul poet persona. And maybe it's that even before his passing that persona was so fully realized is why people are still talking about him and the music he gave to the world.
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