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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Special Markets
  • ASIN: B000002LV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Respect
2. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
3. These Arms Of Mine
4. Pain In My Heart
5. Come To Me
6. Security
7. That's How Strong My Love Is
8. Mr. Pitiful
9. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
10. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
11. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
12. Try A Little Tenderness
13. Chained And Bound
14. Shake
15. Ole Man Trouble
16. Let Me Come On Home
17. Open The Door
18. That's What My Heart Needs
19. Tramp
20. I Can't Turn You Loose

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One Redding greatest-hits is pretty much as good as another--his work as the king of soul spanned barely five years, and the big issue is how you want to hear his hits sequenced. Ultimate leads off with a few signature songs, then concentrates on the very similar 6/8 deep-soul ballads that he specialized in early on. Redding, with his gritty-as-cornmeal drawl, could communicate the depths of romantic despair better than anyone of his era, but he was also a great uptempo soul shouter. It's not until the second half of Ultimate that a few more of the faster, more joyful numbers that he got to sing later on show up, as well as "Tramp," a priceless bit of Southern humor he sang with Carla Thomas. --Douglas Wolk

Customer Reviews

It's one of the best live albums ever produced.
coralpink
His voice was strong and powerful, and he knew how to properly use it to express emotion.
grundle2600
I gave this CD as one of my husband's Christmas gifts and we listened to it that day.
jing

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fred Hoffman on November 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I agree with bigtimemusic lover: the sound quality of "The Ultimate Otis Redding" is sub-par. Although the choice of tracks is admirable, the mushy audio does not do Otis justice. If you still have your turntable hooked up, compare a hit track from an Otis LP (such as Atco's "The Best of Otis Redding") to the same track on this CD. You will be amazed at the difference.
If I were to own just one Otis Redding recording, it would have to be "Live in Europe". The energy, the crowd and - most especially - Otis' electric performance - make "Live in Europe" indispensable.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By grundle2600 on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"The Ultimate Otis Redding" is my favorite Otis Redding CD. Otis was a great singer. His voice was strong and powerful, and he knew how to properly use it to express emotion. He died much too early, but during his brief recording career, he managed to make quite a number of very fine recordings.
I like this CD so much because all of the songs on it are excellent, the disc contains a very nice mixture of rockers and ballads, all of the songs are in their studio versions, and the sequencing makes the disc very interesting.
Instead of doing what might be expected, and beginning with his one and only chart hit, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," the CD begins with the song "Respect." I suppose some people are unaware of the fact that Redding recorded this song before Aretha Franklin. His version is very different from hers. Of course, both of them did a great job on it.
This CD also has Redding's cover of the Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction." One could argue that Redding's version is the better of the two. His use of horns gives a very new perspective to the song. This is probably the best cover of a Stones's song that has ever been recorded by anybody.
Some of my other favorites here are "Mr. Pitiful," "Shake," "Tramp," and "I Can't Turn You Loose."
One of the things that I never liked about commercial radio and the so-called "classic rock" radio stations is that except for the song "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," they have totally ignored the wonderful music of Otis Redding. That's a shame, really, because every song on this disc is excellent.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Peterson on November 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While I agree wholeheartedly with all the reviewers of the quality of Otis Redding's music, I must break away from the ranks and say that the sound of this CD stinks. It sounds very weak and sterile (as do most of the CDs from the Warner Special Products label that were issued in the mid 80's), something that isn't deserving of Otis Redding's stature. Pick up Rhino's The Very Best Of Otis Redding (either volumes), or better yet, pick up the 2-CD set "Dreams To Remember" which is PACKED with the good stuff as this CD just doesn't cut it.
Peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justo Roteta on May 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Otis Redding was truly the one and only King of Memphis Soul and this excellent compilation includes most of his big hits. Otis was great with both uptempo numbers and ballads and this CD offers a good sampling of both worlds. The liner notes are also very informative and this package is (as a whole) anice tribute to one of R&B's most important and influential male vocalists. Otis' music remains timeless and while I strongly recommend all of his original albums (all of which are now available on CD) this CD still a fine sampler of his music.
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Format: Audio CD
When I first bought this compilation of the legendary Otis Redding back in 1990,
I immediately realized that this was not TRULY the ULTIMATE Otis Redding collection
because "Lover's Prayer" and his rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" was
painfully missing from the fray!--The true ULTIMATE OTIS is the 2 CD-set called
"Dreams To Remember: An Otis Redding Anthology" released in 1998!
But if you're just discovering Otis Redding's work, then this CD is a
decent effort at familiarization. Of course, listening to it by today's
sonic standards, I would say it could benefit from modern remastering and
restoration technologies immensely!
So, I guess overall, I'd give this collection a solid C+
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD features 20 of Otis Redding's most popular songs. The song selection is just about perfect, but the sound leaves a little to be desired. But if you are not an audiophile, it probably won't bother you much, and you should enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "drsullivan34" on September 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you like Otis Reading this is the CD for you. It contains all of his best well-known gems and a few lesser well-known good ones as well. Complete work at a good price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie D. Salehi on April 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You can hear straight out that Otis sings with all his heart and soul. What a talented man he was. His voice is something you can't ignore, and why would you? This cd is full of his best songs and it comes with the story of how much of a great artist he was and how tragic his death was. My favorite song is "Try A Little Tenderness". If you like this song and you haven't seen "Pretty In Pink" yet, you need to. There is a great scene where Jon Cryer is lip synching and dancing to this song. It's too bad he's not still around. His music will always be remembered.
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