The Very Best of Otis Redding

Genre: Reissues; Lead Performer: Otis Redding

For his absolute best, try Vol. 1, but The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 2 is still Otis: powerful, gospel-style soul-shouting over the elegant backing of his house band, Booker T. & the MG’s (!). Despite the B sides and repetitive ballads, purchase-justifying gems include the house-rocking ”Knock on Wood,” and the mind-blowing (if preposterous) ”Day Tripper.” B+

Originally posted May 19 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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