OTIS & ARETHA: NEW RELEASES NOW AVAILABLE

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OTIS & ARETHA: NEW RELEASES NOW AVAILABLE

Rhino Spotlights Otis Redding And Aretha Franklin With New Boxed Sets, The King Of Soul And The Queen Of Soul

Four-Disc Collection Now Available

Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin’s powerful voices continue to be the standard by which all other soul singers are measured. But they also share another bond through “Respect.” Redding originally wrote and recorded the song in 1965 and two years later Franklin’s cover version transformed it into a female-empowerment anthem known around the world.

Rhino pays some respect of its own to these legendary artists during Black History Month with the release of new four-disc sets that showcase their individual careers. Out now, THE KING OF SOUL and THE QUEEN OF SOUL both feature over 85 tracks.

THE KING OF SOUL’s arrival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Redding’s debut album, Pain In My Heart, which helped define the sound of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. This new set features 92 songs and retraces the singer’s career from his meteoric rise to his untimely death in a 1967 plane crash.

The songs reveal the breadth of Redding’s talent, starting with his gift for songwriting: “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Ole Man Trouble” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” his posthumous #1 hit. His reputation as a magnetic and dynamic performer is well served by a selection of live performances recorded in 1966 at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A. (“These Arms of Mine” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”) and in 1967 during the legendary Stax/Volt Revue tour of Europe (“Shake” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”)

Redding was also an expert interpreter of other artist’s work, putting his distinct twist on everything from Solomon Burke’s “Down in the Valley” and William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” to the Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and Smokey Robinson’s “My Girl.” THE KING OF SOUL also spotlights his unforgettable collaborations with singer Carla Thomas like “Lovey Dovey” and “Tramp.”

THE QUEEN OF SOUL creates a rich musical portrait of Franklin’s incomparable run at Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1976. Packed with 87 songs arranged chronologically, the set opens with generous selections from the first five studio albums she recorded for the label – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Arrives, Lady Soul, Aretha Now, and Soul ’69. Recorded between 1967 and 1968, all five of the albums topped the R&B charts and gave the world classics like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” and the #1 smash “Respect.” The set also mixes in several rare outtakes of songs like “It Was You” from Aretha Arrives and “Talk to Me, Talk to Me” from Soul ’69.

The collection also spotlights the great music Franklin recorded in the 1970s, including the two albums she released to open the decade – This Girl’s in Love with You and Spirit in the Dark. The former boasted an electrifying version of the Band’s “The Weight” with Duane Allman on slide guitar, while the latter featured the hit “Don’t Play That Song.”

Along with several singles from this era (“Spanish Harlem” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), THE QUEEN OF SOUL also gathers up several live performances with “Spirit in the Dark” (Reprise with Ray Charles) from Aretha Live at the Fillmore West (1971), plus several songs from her live album Amazing Grace (1972). The latter recording won the Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance in 1973 and remains Franklin’s best-selling album to date.

OTIS REDDING - THE KING OF SOUL

Track Listing

Disc One
1. “These Arms Of Mine”
2. “Hey Hey Baby”
3. “That’s What My Heart Needs”
4. “Mary’s Little Lamb”
5. “Pain In My Heart”
6. “Something Is Worrying Me”
7. “Come To Me”
8. “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
9. “Security”
10. “Chained And Bound”
11. “Your One And Only Man”
12. “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
13. “Mr. Pitiful”
14. “A Woman, A Lover, A Friend”
15. “Nothing Can Change This Love”
16. “It’s Too Late”
17. “For Your Precious Love”
18. “Home In Your Heart”
19. “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” (Mono Version)
20. “I’m Depending On You”
21. “Respect” (Mono Version)
22. “Ole Man Trouble” (Mono Version)
23. “Change Gonna Come”

Disc Two
1. “Shake”
2. “Satisfaction”
3. “Down In The Valley”
4. “My Girl”
5. “Rock Me Baby”
6. “You Don’t Miss Your Water”
7. “I Can’t Turn You Loose”
8. “Just One More Day”
9. “Any Ole Way”
10. “It’s Growing”
11. “Cigarettes And Coffee”
12. “Chain Gang”
13. “Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down And Out)”
14. “Good To Me”
15. “Everybody Makes A Mistake”
16. “Just One More Day” (Live, 1966)
17. “Mr. Pitiful” (Live, 1966)
18. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Live, 1966)
19. “These Arms Of Mine” (Live, 1966)
20. “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (Live, 1966)
21. “Don’t Mess With Cupid”
22. “My Lover’s Prayer”


Disc Three
1. “Try A Little Tenderness”
2. “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)”
3. “I’m Sick Y’all”
4. “Tennessee Waltz”
5. “Sweet Lorene”
6. “Day Tripper”
7. “You’re Still My Baby”
8. “Hawg For You” (Mono Version)
9. “I Love You More Than Words Can Say”
10. “Let Me Come On Home”
11. “Open The Door”
12. “Tramp”
13. “Knock On Wood”
14. “Let Me Be Good To You”
15. “Lovey Dovey”
16. “New Year’s Resolution”