Separate four-CD box sets saluting two of the most beloved and lauded soul singers of all time, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin , will be released on February 4. Titled, respectively, The King of Soul and The Queen of Soul , the collections both will feature dozens of tracks and will be offered at a suggested list price of $44.98.
The King of Soul features 92 songs spanning Redding's entire, tragically brief career, which was cut short when Otis was killed in a 1967 plane crash at age 26. Among the many tunes included are such classics as "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," "Respect," "Hard to Handle" and "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." The compilation also features memorable covers of The Rolling Stones ' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and The Beatles ' "Day Tripper," a number of live performances and his hit duets with Carla Thomas , "Tramp" and "Knock on Wood." The box set's arrival will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of Redding's debut album, Pain in My Heart .
The Queen of Soul boasts 87 tracks and focuses on recordings Franklin made for Atlantic Records from 1967 until 1976. All of Aretha's major early hits are here, including her own rendition of "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Think," "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Spanish Harlem," "Day Dreaming" and "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)." The set also features several in-concert performances, as well as a standout version of The Band 's "The Weight" that included guitar work by late Allman Brothers Band member Duane Allman .
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