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
The Immortal Otis Redding
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go

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

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Creem magazine in 1977, Robert Christgau called The Immortal Otis Redding his favorite album by Redding and "probably among my five most-played LPs", because it "showcases the unduplicated warmth, tenderness, and humor of his ballad singing".[2] The following year, it was voted the 33rd best album ever in Paul Gambaccini's poll of prominent rock critics, published in his book Rock Critics' Choice: The Top 200 Albums. Christgau ranked it third in a list accompanying the book.[3] Music critic Dave Marsh gave it five stars in The New Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983).[4] Lindsay Planer from AllMusic gave it three-and-a-half stars and said although it "wasn't quite on par with" Redding's several other studio albums, the songs on The Immortal Otis Redding were "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, Joe Rock 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" Redding, Alvertis Isbell, Allen Jones 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


Credits adapted from Allmusic.[5]



  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. 
  6. ^ a b "The Immortal Otis Redding - Otis Redding > Awards > AllMusic". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  7. ^ a b c "Otis Redding / Artist / Official Charts". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 

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