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Otis Gets Respect with “Complete Stax/Volt Singles” Set

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Otis Stax Volt SinglesIt’s shaping up to be a soulful summer with the release of Otis Redding’s The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection on Shout! Factory Records. This triple-disc set will feature every single side released by Redding in life and death.

Born in Georgia, Redding was a singer/songwriter who went from stints on the chitlin circuit to a brief tenure in Little Richard’s band The Upsetters before a chance session at Stax Studios in Memphis put him on the soul music map. With songs like “These Arms of Mine,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Respect” (later, of course, a hit for Aretha Franklin), Redding’s impassioned vocal delivery and arrangements made him a bona fide R&B star. He’d flirted with crossover success on slow burners like “Try a Little Tenderness” and cut several duets with Carla Thomas, and delivered a phenomenal performance at the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

But it was the serene “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the track that gave Redding the crossover hit he deserved. “Dock of the Bay” was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts in 1968; unfortunately, by that point Redding died in a plane crash late the past year. It was the first posthumous chart-topper.

Redding’s body of work lives on today, in film and through covers and samples. There’s also a helping of catalogue activity, like this year’s Lonely and Blue compilation. And this three-disc set, featuring each of Redding’s A- and B-sides in mono (some for the first time on CD), ensures his memory will never die.

The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection is available in stores on July 23, but those who order from the label directly will see theirs ship around June 25, and with a bonus 7″ of “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” b/w “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” featuring a replica ATCO promo-only label.

Hit the jump for full specs on this set.

The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection (Shout! Factory, 2013)

Disc 1

  1. These Arms of Mine (Volt 103-A, 1962)
  2. Hey Hey Baby (Volt 103-B, 1962)
  3. That’s What My Heart Needs (Volt 109-A, 1963)
  4. Mary’s Little Lamb (Volt 103-B, 1963)
  5. Pain in My Heart (Volt 112-A, 1963)
  6. Something is Worrying Me (Volt 112-B, 1963)
  7. Come to Me (Volt 116-A, 1964)
  8. Don’t Leave Me This Way (Volt 116-B, 1964)
  9. Security (Volt 117-A, 1964)
  10. I Want to Thank You (Volt 117-B, 1964)
  11. Chained and Bound (Volt 121-A, 1964)
  12. Your One and Only Man (Volt 121-B, 1964)
  13. That’s How Strong My Love Is (Volt 124-A, 1964)
  14. Mr. Pitiful (Volt 124-B, 1964)
  15. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now) (Volt 126-A, 1965)
  16. I’m Depending on You (Volt 126-B, 1965)
  17. Respect (Volt 128-A, 1965)
  18. Ole Man Trouble (Volt 128-B, 1965)
  19. I Can’t Turn You Loose (Volt 130-A, 1965)
  20. Just One More Day (Volt 130-B, 1965)
  21. Satisfaction (Volt 132-A, 1966)
  22. Any Ole Way (Volt 132-B, 1966)
  23. My Lover’s Prayer (Volt 136-A, 1966)
  24. Don’t Mess with Cupid (Volt 136-B, 1966)

Disc 2

  1. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (Volt 138-A, 1966)
  2. Good to Me (Volt 138-B, 1966)
  3. Try a Little Tenderness (Volt 141-A, 1966)
  4. I’m Sick Y’all (Volt 141-B, 1966)
  5. I Love You More Than Words Can Say (Volt 146-A, 1967)
  6. Let Me Come On Home (Volt 146-B, 1967)
  7. Tramp – Otis & Carla (Stax 216-A, 1967)
  8. Tell It Like It Is – Otis & Carla (Stax 216-B, 1967)
  9. Shake (Live) (Volt 149-A, 1967)
  10. You Don’t Miss Your Water (Volt 149-B, 1967)
  11. Glory of Love (Volt 152-A, 1967)
  12. I’m Coming Home (Volt 152-B, 1967)
  13. Knock On Wood – Otis & Carla (Stax 228-A, 1967)
  14. Let Me Be Good to You – Otis & Carla (Stax 228-B, 1967)
  15. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Volt 157-A, 1968)
  16. Sweet Lorene (Volt 157-B, 1968)
  17. Lovey Dovey – Otis & Carla (Stax 244-A, 1968)
  18. New Year’s Resolution – Otis & Carla (Stax 244-B, 1968)
  19. The Happy Song (Dum-Dum) (Volt 163-A, 1968)
  20. Open the Door (Volt 163-B, 1968)
  21. Amen (ATCO 6592-A, 1968)
  22. Hard to Handle (ATCO 6592-B, 1968)
  23. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember (ATCO 6612-A, 1968)
  24. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (ATCO 6612-B, 1968)

Disc 3

  1. White Christmas (ATCO 6631-A, 1968)
  2. Merry Christmas, Baby (ATCO 6631-B, 1968)
  3. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Live) (ATCO 6636-A, 1968)
  4. Direct Me (ATCO 6636-B, 1968)
  5. A Lover’s Question (ATCO 6654-A, 1969)
  6. You Made a Man Out of Me (ATCO 6654-B, 1969)
  7. When Something is Wrong with My Baby – Otis & Carla (ATCO 6665-A, 1969)
  8. Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis – Otis & Carla (ATCO 6665-B, 1969)
  9. Love Man (ATCO 6677-A, 1969)
  10. Can’t Turn You Loose (ATCO 6677-B, 1969)
  11. Free Me (ATCO 6700-A, 1969)
  12. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher (ATCO 6700-B, 1969)
  13. Look At the Girl (ATCO 6723-A, 1969)
  14. That’s a Good Idea (ATCO 6723-B, 1969)
  15. Demonstration (ATCO 6742-A, 1969)
  16. Johnny’s Heartbreak (ATCO 6742-B, 1969)
  17. Give Away None of My Love (ATCO 6766-A, 1970)
  18. Snatch a Little Piece (ATCO 6766-B, 1970)
  19. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Live) (ATCO 6802-A, 1971)
  20. Try a Little Tenderness (Live) (ATCO 6802-B, 1971)
  21. My Girl (ATCO 6907-A, 1972)
  22. Good to Me (ATCO 6907-B, 1972)

Written by Mike Duquette

April 5, 2013 at 09:57

6 Responses

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  1. Mike
    Were the tracks remastered since the Bill Inglot effort for the Atlantic/Atco ReMasters series in the 1990s?
    If so by whom?

    Mike Williams

    April 5, 2013 at 10:18

    • Newly remastered by Bill Inglot, pulling 100% from original mono single masters.

      David

      June 23, 2013 at 15:08

  2. nice!!!

    Jim Regan (@Jbones72)

    April 5, 2013 at 13:57

  3. Why not do ALL of his singles? The Federal label…easy to fit

    Kevin

    April 8, 2013 at 10:16

  4. No bonus 7″ of “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” b/w “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” featuring a replica ATCO promo-only label in Europe… Bummer..

    Johnny B. Good

    June 22, 2013 at 19:31

  5. Just saw a picture of the booklet with full size photos of all the original singles with a spindle hole through the middle. Quite possibly the coolest packaging idea I have ever seen! Would love to see a bunch more singles collections like this. I am a total geek for old school vinyl label art!!

    Scott

    July 23, 2013 at 09:50


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