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Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding features 16 complete performances filmed throughout America and Europe showcasing why Otis is considered one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Interspersed between the songs are 40 minutes of interviews filmed exclusively for this DVD with Steve Cropper (Booker T. and The MGs), Jim Stewart (founder of Stax Records), Wayne Jackson (Memphis Horns), and Otis Redding's wife Zelma. Includes staggering versions of "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Respect", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Try a Little Tenderness" (filmed the day before Otis's tragic death) and more, all in re-mastered sound and video. Produced by Reelin' In The Years Productions, the acclaimed team that produced the Motown "Definitive Performances" series including the The Temptations- Get Ready: The Definitive Performances 1965- 1972, Marvin Gaye - The Real Thing In Performance: 1964- 1981 and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Definitive Performances 1963 - 1967 as well as the Grammy nominated American Folk Blues Festival DVD series (four volumes); this 90 minute DVD is the first full-length program to commemorate the legacy of Otis Redding and paints a stirring portrait of an artist whose music remains as powerful and influential as it was 40 years ago.


Complete Performances:
Pain In My Heart (1965)
Mr. Pitiful (1965)
Just One More Day (1965)
I Can't Turn You Loose (1966)
I've Been Loving You Too Long (1967)
Satisfaction (1967)
My Girl (1967)
Don't Mess With Cupid (1966)
Any Ole Way (1966)
My Lover's Prayer (1966)
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (1967)
Tramp (1967)
Shake (1967)
Glory Of Of Love (1967)
Try A Little Tenderness (1967)
Respect (1967)

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PRODUCER'S NOTES:
This is the first full-length DVD of Otis Redding, undisputedly one of the greatest soul singers of all time. To be given the honor to produce this release was an awesome responsibility. Zelma Redding, Otis' widow, has faithfully maintained her husband's legacy for the last 40 years and it was our desire to create a DVD that would both live up to and pay tribute to that legacy. Of the 30-plus DVDs that we've produced over the last few years, we feel this is some of our best work.

For our last two Motown DVDs (Temptations: Get Ready and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Definitive Peformances) we filmed new interviews with the artists to include between the performances. However this time because Otis is not here to tell his story we relied on people that knew him best to provide perspective on his life and work. As with all of the Motown releases in our "Definitive" DVD series, along with the in-depth interview material you get complete unedited performances. With our Marvin Gaye DVD, (The Real Thing In Performance) there were a number of televised interviews with Marvin that we were able to use in between the songs because Marvin's career had lasted 23 years. Unfortunately because Otis' career was cut tragically short and he gave very few interviews, it made it very difficult to bring his voice to this project. Thankfully we found a short interview from American Bandstand in 1967 and also an interview recorded for BBC radio in the fall of `66 which provided two great soundbites for the film (one of which is heard during the opening segment of the DVD.)

To tell the story properly, we chose to interview not only Otis Redding's wife (Zelma) and daughter (Karla) but also some of the key people who created the music with him. Along with his family, the interviews consist of Steve Cropper who wrote many songs with Otis and played guitar on virtually every track that he recorded at Stax; Wayne Jackson, the trumpet player for the Mar-Keys/Memphis Horns who played on all of his records and Jim Stewart, the founder of Stax Records. The interview with Jim is really unique because since the demise of Stax Records in 1975, Jim has given only five in-depth interviews and we're honored that he agreed to sit down and speak with us after turning down requests from everyone else for the last 15 years. Rob Bowman co-producer of this program and author of Soulsville U.S.A. The Story Of Stax Records (considered to be the definitive book on Stax) conducted these interviews, and it's because of the love and respect that they all have for Rob and his work, that he was able to get such relaxed, in-depth content.

One of the unique clips in this DVD is a newly made video for the song "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay". Because the song wasn't finished until after his death there is no footage of Otis performing the song so we hired Bob Sarles of Ravin' Films to make a three minute film. While Bob was filming scenes of San Francisco and the docks of Sausalito (where Otis wrote the song on a houseboat in August of '67) a fortunate thing occurred. He met Anne Garfield who bought that houseboat back in 1968. She no longer owns it but was able to show Bob photos (seen in the video) and point out to him the exact spot where it was docked. As a result, there are a few scenes that show virtually the same view that Otis had as he was writing what many consider to be one of most beloved songs in history.

December 10, 2007 will mark the 40th anniversary of the tragic death of Otis Redding and in honor of his legacy and music we are proud to have released both this DVD and The Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967, a 75-minute concert from the famed 1967 European tour which includes a stunning five song set by Otis as well as performances by Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, The Mar-Keys and Booker T. and The MGs.

Together these two DVDs paint a portrait of an artist whose music remains as powerful and influential as it was 40 years ago.

David Peck & Phillip Galloway
Reelin' In The Years Productions
July 2007


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Stax
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UCWK1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on October 10, 2007
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This is a DVD documetnary on a truly great artist done ABSOLUTELY RIGHT and as Otis would say in "Hard to Handle"-yessiram!

Unlike most docuemtaries of musicians, these guys undertsand that this is the DVD age where they are not limited by time for commercials so they put the films of Otis' sngs IN THEIR ENTIRETY balancing this with enough interview footage from those who really know him (no second-guessing talking head academics here). These combine to make this DVD a TEN-star winner.

Surprisingly, no footage from Otis' classic 1966 appearance on the British TV show Ready Steady Go (which occasionally appeared on American Cable TV in the late 80s and was available on VHS for a brief spell) is included, but as magnificent as that was, it's hardly missed here since what we have is so excellent and The Big-O's likeable charisma shines through on even the lip-synchs. The songs from "The!!!Beat" (1966) in color, especially a rarely heard tune called "Don't Mess With Cupid" is loads of fun with our man dancing with some really sumptious soul sisters (hard to believe these women are probably now in their sixties!).

The promotional clip of "Tramp" (minus Carla Thomas on film) is quite a hoot! Otis makes fun of his country image by bumbling around his farm in Macon with overalls and riding bareback on a donkey (that actually moves in time to the song). Then we see our hero transformed with a green suit to match the dollar bills that fall from his pockets (eerily, he also poses with the very plane that he lost his life in)! I recall one book saying that there is a lost TV clip of Otis and Carla doing a "Black honeymooners" routine to this song. That would be interesting to see.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MKH on September 20, 2007
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This DVD is a MUST HAVE for anyone who truly appreciates this genre of music and/or Otis Redding. This DVD is professionally created, the main portion & the bonus materials are wonderfully presented. In our family and friend's opinions it is truly worth MUCH more than price we paid, as this is a real gem. We also learned that Otis Redding was not just a phenomenal talent, but a fine man. Don't miss buying this, you won't be disappointed. I also cannot believe I'm the first on Amazon to comment on this GREAT DVD!!! Enjoy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pedro G. on October 12, 2007
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You just never know about the quality of music-related videos. Often they're just messy clip jobs with brief snippets of performances and poorly researched history. Cheap stuff not worth the time or money.

That is hardly the case here (or for any of the Reelin' In the Years productions I've seen).

"Dreams to Remember" is extra special in part because this is somehow the first video compilation of performances by the greatest soul singer of all time. Here we are, 40 years after his death, and Otis's talent and charisma still jump off the screen. Kind of a natural high-definition from 60s videotape.

Even when he's just lip-synching, you can't take your eyes off the man and can't help but think that we haven't seen anyone like him since. Search prime time TV all you want for your MP3-generation "American Idol." This disk shows the sin of such idolatry.

The interviews, placed between the performances, with musicians Steve Cropper and Wayne Jackson, Otis's wife and daughter, and especially reclusive Stax founder Jim Stewart add valuable context--not filler. Brief audio interviews with Otis are also a plus.

Stunning stuff. Legendary performer. Top quality production.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Wheeler on September 29, 2007
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Footage of Otis Redding is incredibly rare - commonly circulated clips consisted of the `Ready Steady Go' special, the `Remembering Otis' DVD and his performance on `Upbeat.' To commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death, "Reeling in the Years" has seen it fit to release performance footage, with the permission of the Redding estate. I thought that most footage of Otis Redding was destroyed. From 1956 to 1972, it was standard operating procedure for television studios to engage wiping - erasing the extremely expensive video tape ($2,500, inflation adjusted) for use in further broadcasts. About 95% of television programs from the 1950s and 90% of television programs from the 1960s are gone. It is nothing short of amazing to see what footage was discovered.

There was one aspect I was concerned about. Many artists that appeared on TV programs did not perform live, but lip-synced. Of the fifteen performances, seven are lip-synced. (Pain In My Heart, Mr. Pitiful, Just One More Day, I Can't Turn You Loose, Don't Mess With Cupid, Any Ole Way and Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa). However, one should consider that even seeing Otis in moving pictures is a gift in itself. Many, if not all of these performances have not been seen in such quality and in their entirety since their original air date forty years ago. Although there are some video glitches, they are minor and do not detract from the performance -there is some brief film breakup in the lip-sync of Mr. Pitiful and a blue bar is visible on the left side of the screen during Otis' performance of `Tenderness.' While on the subject of footage, there is minor overlap with `Remembering Otis' - the performance of My Girl in Norway and Shake in Monterey can be found on this disc.

Interviews of Otis Redding are a rarity.
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