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Otis Redding: The Dock of the Bay

Otis Redding: The Dock of the Bay

Analogue Productions  CAPA 005 SA

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


Otis Redding


Analogue Productions (Atlantic 75 Series) - Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Atlantic Records!

Hybrid Stereo SACD - Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tape direct to DSD!

Contains Otis Redding's posthumous hit "Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay" - Appeared on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, rated 161/500!

The guts of the story are this: While on tour with the Bar-Kays in August 1967, Otis Redding's popularity was rising, and he was inundated with fans at his hotel in downtown San Francisco. Looking for a retreat, he accepted rock concert impresario Bill Graham's offer to stay at his houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito, California. Inspired, Redding started writing the lines, "Sittin' in the morning sun, I'll be sittin' when the evening comes" and the first verse of a song, under the abbreviated title "Dock of the Bay".

‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ was released just a month following Redding’s death and became his only ever single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1968. The album, which shared the song's title, became his largest-selling to date, peaking at No. 4 on the pop albums chart. "Dock of the Bay" was popular in countries across the world and became Redding's most successful record, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide. The song went on to win two Grammy Awards: Best R&B Song and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. With the album, Redding confirmed himself as a talent lost far too soon.

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Comment by Downunderman - April 1, 2024 (1 of 1)

This sounds pretty good for something that was first released way back in 1968 from cobbled together material.

This is a LoFi recording by today's standards, but the SACD mastering has been very well handled and what detail there is comes through in a clean, balanced presentation that preserves the character of the of the original recording.

Because the album was cobbled together individual tracks vary in their sonic quality, but hey, (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay is what it's all about - the rest are really just bonus tracks!

It is well worth getting this SACD if you are an Otis fan.