Earlier this month Rhino Records reissued Otis Redding’s classic album The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul – Complete & Unbelievable (from 1966) on vinyl. The release marks the 50th anniversary of the recording.

Dictionary Of Soul was Redding’s final album (his fifth), before his untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 26. Originally, the first side of the album was comprised of covers—a “Tennessee Waltz,” “Sweet Lorene,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Day Tripper” (The Beatles) and Steve Cropper’s “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song),”co-written with Redding. All of the LP’s second side were Redding originals, except for a cover of Chuck Willis’ “You’re Still My Baby.”

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The record was produced at Stax in Memphis and the sessions featured Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the Memphis Horns, and pianist Isaac Hayes.

Jon Landau has described the album, which includes many of Redding’s major hits, “The finest record ever to come out of Memphis and certainly the best example of modern soul ever recorded.”

Track List

Disc 1 (Original Album in Mono, plus Bonus Tracks)

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
I’m Sick Y’all
Tennessee Waltz
Sweet Lorene
Try A Little Tenderness
Day Tripper
My Lover’s Prayer
She Put The Hurt On Me
Ton Of Joy
You’re Still My Baby
Hawg For You
Love Have Mercy
Don’t Mess With Cupid (Mono) (Bonus Track)
Trick Or Treat (Mono) (Bonus Track)
Loving By The Pound (Mono) (Bonus Track)
You Left The Water Running (Mono) (Bonus Track)
Try A Little Tenderness (Take 1, Stereo) (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 (Original Album in Stereo, plus Bonus Tracks)

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
I’m Sick Y’all
Tennessee Waltz
Sweet Lorene
Try A Little Tenderness
Day Tripper
My Lover’s Prayer
She Put The Hurt On Me
Ton Of Joy
You’re Still My Baby
Hawg For You
Love Have Mercy
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) (Stereo) (Bonus Track)
Day Tripper (Stereo) (Bonus Track)
Try A Little Tenderness (Live) (Stereo) (Bonus Track)