Otis Redding’s Dictionary of Soul Getting 50th Anniversary Reissue

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To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of what music critic (and, later, manager of Bruce Springsteen) Jon Landau praised as “the finest record ever to come out of Memphis and certainly the best example of modern soul ever recorded,” Rhino Records will release deluxe editions of Otis Redding’s 1966 album Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.

The double-LP and two-disc CD will both include stereo and mono mixes of the album, along with unique bonus material. The CD version tacks on eight rare studio outtakes and live cuts, while the vinyl LP comes with a 7” reissue of the single, “Try a Little Tenderness” b/w “I’m Sick Y’all.” Both versions will be out on October 7th.

Redding’s fifth studio album, the last solo studio album released during his lifetime, was recorded at Stax Studios in Memphis, with Booker T & the M.G.’s, pianist Isaac Hayes and the Memphis Horns, and includes classics like “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)” and Redding’s version of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper.”

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Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MG’s will be among the artists at Macon City Auditorium on Sept. 11 performing at the “An Evening of Respect Tribute Concert.” The concert is the culmination of three days of events celebrating what would have been Otis Redding’s 75th birthday. Additional acts include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Chuck Leavell, Robert McDuffie, Eddie Floyd and a Reddings Reunion featuring Dexter Redding, Otis Redding III and Mark Lockett. A full schedule of events and ticket information is available at otisreddingfoundation.com.

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