The Immortal Otis Redding

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The Immortal Otis Redding
Studio album by Otis Redding
Released June 1968
Recorded 1967
Genre Soul
Length 30:01
Label Atco
Producer Steve Cropper
Otis Redding chronology
The Dock of the Bay
(1968)
The Immortal Otis Redding
(1968)
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go
(1968)

The Immortal Otis Redding is a posthumous studio album by American soul recording artist Otis Redding, released in June 1968 by Atco Records. It compiles 11 songs recorded by Redding in a three-week stretch of sessions that concluded days prior to his death in December 1967.[1] "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)" was the only song previously released, having been a single in April 1968.

The Immortal featured four charting singles including "The Happy Song", "I've Got Dreams to Remember", "Amen", and "Hard to Handle".

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Christgau, writing in Creem magazine in 1977, said that it is his favorite Otis Redding album and "probably among my five most-played LPs", because it "showcases the unduplicated warmth, tenderness, and humor of his ballad singing."[2] In Paul Gambaccini's 1978 poll of prominent rock critics, The Immortal Otis Redding was voted as the 33rd best album. Christgau ranked it third in his own list.[3] Music critic Dave Marsh gave the album five stars in The New Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983).[4] Lindsay Planer of Allmusic gave it three-and-a-half stars and said that, although it "wasn't quite on par with" Redding's other "half-dozen studio albums", the songs are "welcome (if not mandatory) additions to all manner of listeners."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I've Got Dreams to Remember"   Otis Redding, Zelma Redding 3:10
2. "You Made a Man Out of Me"   Deanie Parker, Steve Cropper 2:06
3. "Nobody's Fault But Mine"   Redding 2:20
4. "Hard to Handle"   Allen Jones, Alvertis Isbell, Redding 2:18
5. "Thousand Miles Away"   Redding 2:09
6. "The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De-De-De-Dum-Dum)"   Redding, Steve Cropper 2:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Think About It"   Don Covay, Redding 2:59
8. "A Waste of Time"   Redding 3:15
9. "Champagne and Wine"   Redding, Roy Johnson, Allan Walden 2:49
10. "A Fool for You"   Ray Charles 2:55
11. "Amen"   Jester Hairston (uncredited) 3:20

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[5]

Charts[edit]

Title Information
The Immortal Otis Redding
"The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)"
"I've Got Dreams to Remember"
  • Volt/Atco single, 1968
  • B-side:
  • US Pop Singles #41
  • US Black Singles #6
"Amen"
  • Volt/Atco single, 1968
  • B-side: "Hard to Handle"
  • US Pop Singles #36
  • US Black Singles #15
"Hard to Handle"
  • Volt/Atco single, 1968
  • B-side:
  • US Pop Singles #51
  • US Black Singles #38
  • UK Singles #15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "The Immortal Otis Redding - Otis Redding". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 1977). "Consumer Guide: A Guide to 1967". Creem. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gambaccini, Paul (1978). Rock Critic's Choice: The Top 200 Albums. Omnibus. pp. 83–4. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Random House, Rolling Stone Press. 1983. p. 415. ISBN 0394721071. 
  5. ^ "The Immortal Otis Redding - Otis Redding : Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

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