Otis Redding / Dock of the Bay Sessions

Rhino are to issue Dock of the Bay Sessions, a new Otis Redding collection, in May this year.

The release is part of an ongoing 50th anniversary celebration of the (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay which topped the charts in America on 16 March 1968.

Although nothing is actually previously unreleased, Dock of the Bay Sessions effectively brings together individual tracks that have found their way onto posthumous albums and compilations and attempts to paint a picture of what ‘the next’ Otis Redding album might have looked like had the singer not been tragically killed in a plane crash on 10 December 1967.

This new collection, which features 12 songs including Hard To Handle, Gone Again and I’ve Got Dreams To Remember, was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement.

Dock of the Bay Sessions will be issued on vinyl and CD on 18 May 2018.

Dock of the Bay Sessions – CD

1. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
2. Think About It*
3. Hard To Handle
4. The Happy Song (Dum-Dum)
5. Love Man
6. Direct Me
7. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
8. Champagne And Wine*
9. Pounds And Hundreds (LBS + 100S)
10. I’m A Changed Man
11. Gone Again
12. Amen

*All Tracks In Mono Except Think About It and Champagne And Wine

Dock of the Bay Sessions – vinyl LP

1. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
2. Think About It
3. Hard To Handle
4. The Happy Song (Dum-Dum-De-De-De-Dum-Dum)
5. Love Man
6. Direct Me

Disc: 2
1. I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
2. Champagne And Wine
3. Pounds And Hundreds (LBS = 100s)
4. I’m A Changed Man
5. Gone Again
6. Amen

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Love the site, Paul! Read it every day. Can anyone tell me if the Otis LP really has all 12 songs? Amazon US only lists 9, but lists 12 for the CD. Thanks.

Joel Rabinowitz


Vicente Olaso Sendra

Thanks everyone for your comments. Relief! We all have beautiful physical collections. Don’t we?

Martin Brooks

U.S. CD sales are in the toilet and CD + vinyl sales in the U.S. now represent just 16% of music industry revenue, but that doesn’t mean CD is disappearing. Fewer releases, fewer deluxe editions, fewer re-pressings unless something sells more than expected, sure. But completely disappearing as a format, no. Besides, the used market will be around for many decades as will players, even if those are Blu-ray players that also play CDs. And since CDs last longer than LP’s, it wouldn’t surprise me if there are tons of CDs still around 80 to 100 years from now.

But this release does seem kind of lame. Aside from album replica sets, there are three big compilations available in the U.S. of which I’m aware: The Definitive Otis Redding (Rhino), The King of Soul (Rhino) and Otis Redding: The Complete Stax-Volt Singles (Shout Factory). “Think About It” isn’t on any of them. “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” isn’t on “TKOS”. “Champagne and Wine is only on TKOS and “Pounds…”, “Changed Man” and “Gone Again are only on TDOR. So if you have that first box, the only missing tracks are “Champagne and Wine” and “Think About It”.

At the very least, they could have had the entire album in both mono and stereo and thrown in a couple of live tracks like they’ve done on other releases. Or, it could have lived up to its name and included alt takes. Or, it could have been a bigger set that included all the posthumous recordings from Immortal, Love Man, Tell The Truth and Remember Me, which totals 46 tracks including alt versions. Could have probably fit on 2 CDs.

Charlie Waffles

This release should have been presented like Otis Blue and the Dictionary 2 cd editions. Rhino disappoints again.

Vicente Olaso Sendra

What should I do, Paul? Buy the Cd or the Vynil edition? I mean, I’ve read CD is about to disappear in a couple of years. Sony’s USA plant is closing. Is my deluxe box sets collection heading for the garage like the old cassette tapes?


Exactly Paul. I think the CD is as dead as vinyl is. There will always be a market for both of them, because there will always be people who want physical formats. Between that and nostalgia they wont ever entirely go away. CD is even easier than vinyl, since both DVD and Blu-ray players will also play CD without requiring extra hardware purchases.


The fact that CDs are playable by DVD and BluRay decks means that we’ll always find a way to play them in the near future… I wouldn’t worry about that. Just my two cents.


Kind of misleading album title–I was expecting one of those copyright extension sets with a title like this–but I like the concept.


Same here. I’ll buy it anyway but I was expected a bonus disc of altenate takes and rehearsals. We know there are alternates of “dock…” which were on “Remember Me / It’s Just Not Sentimental”, could have been a great bonus…