In honor of the 40th anniversary of Otis Redding's death, this wonderfully inclusive new collection preserves archival performances from the turbulent years 1965-1967. Live and lip-synched songs, including an electrifying final television appearance – shot less than a day before his untimely demise – are divided by interviews with bandmates and family members. An especially insightful conversation with legendary Memphis-based guitarist Steve Cropper, a frequent collaborator and co-writer of Redding's biggest hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," is a priceless highlight. A collage-type video of that song is one of the many indelible moments of the new release spotlighting Redding, tragically killed in an airplane accident Dec. 10, 1967. Musician Wayne Jackson, widow Zelma Redding and others pay tribute to the Macon legend, but the real star is his raw, blues-drenched R&B soul vocals, presented here with true charisma and genial Southern charm. 5 stars
The Otis Redding: I've Got Dreams to Remember exhibit continues at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. For more information, call 888-garocks or visit www.georgiamusic.org.