Otis Redding's fifth album, whose cover bears the full title Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
, more than lives up to that grandiose monicker. The last solo album that the artist would complete prior to his death at the age of 26, this 12-song set demonstrates how Redding combined raw talent and boundless charisma with a restless creative spirit that drove him to expand his horizons beyond the traditional boundaries of contemporary rhythm and blues. With typically stellar backup from Booker T. and the MGs and the Memphis Horns, Dictionary of Soul
boasts such Redding standards as "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" and "Try A Little Tenderness," along with such memorable performances as "Love Have Mercy," "My Lover's Prayer" and Otis' high-energy take on the Beatles' "Day Tripper." This exact reproduction of this original Stax label LP is mastered from the original mono tapes and pressed on pristine High-Definition vinyl.