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Otis Redding — I've Got Dreams to Remember
Album: The Very Best of Otis Redding
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Total ratings: 1815









Released: 1968
Length: 3:10
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I've got dreams
Dreams to remember
I've got dreams Dreams to remember
Honey I saw you there last night
Another mans arms holding you tight
Nobody knows what I feeled inside
All I know, I walked away and cried
I've got dreams
Dreams to remember
[Listen to me] I've got dreams, rough dreams Dreams to remember
I know you said he was just a friend
But I saw him kiss you again and again
These eyes of mine, they don't fool me
Why did he hold you so tenderly?
I've got dreams
Dreams to remember
[Listen honey] I've got dreams
Dreams, rough dreams
Dreams to remember
I still want you to stay
I still love you anyway
I still don't want you to ever leave
Girl, you just satisfy me! [Ooh-Wee!]
I know you said he was just a friend
But I saw you kiss him again and again
These eyes of mine, they don't fool me
Why did he hold you so tenderly?
I've got dreams
Dreams to remember
[Listen to me mama]
I've got dreams
Dreams, bad dreams
Dreams, rough dreams
To remember
Don't make me suffer
Dreams, bad dreams
Dreams, rough dreams
To remember
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Gone...Wayyyyy too soon.
God Bless the Big O!
What a fun song!
Otis Redding is the personification of Godlike.  Can anyone comprehend the jams in Heaven with Otis at the helm?


wait, wait....does he mean that literally or figuratively?
love this! jackie0 wrote:

Yes, great description! 
I first heard him in person in 1966 and 67 in the Stax-Volt Review concerts that toured the south at that time.  

Think of seeing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T, Moms Mabley, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and the whole lineup all in one night ... The tectonic plates of r&b met r&r, and the results were truly paradigm shifting.  It was only a short time later, in December of that year in Memphis, when the tragic news rang down the hall of our dorm. One of us had been dating a band member of the Bar Kay's, and we held a candlelight vigil through the night.  

It was a time of hope and carnage. That same spring we would lose MLK, (also in Memphis), and Robert Kennedy.  So many memories burned into the grooves of this song...
 

I got dreams, Dreams to remember...
                                                                   tear-down-the-Wall....
Delbert does a great version too, live on Imus a few years ago.
I know you said he was just a friend
But I saw you kiss him again and again
These eyes of mine, they don't fool me
Why did he hold you so tenderly?

The plot point of so many movies and TV shows.
What an amazing singer, and what an amazing song.  Just awesome....awesome. 
 philbertr wrote:
9 ==> 10

What was I thinking?

 
Same thing here... 9→10 because Otis' voice is amazing.  Long Live RP!!  And Long Live the memories of Otis (and Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, etc. etc. i.e. the greats we lost way too early.)
 Sjackie0 wrote:

Yes, great description! 
I first heard him in person in 1966 and 67 in the Stax-Volt Review concerts that toured the south at that time.  

Think of seeing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T, Moms Mabley, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and the whole lineup all in one night ... The tectonic plates of r&b met r&r, and the results were truly paradigm shifting.  It was only a short time later, in December of that year in Memphis, when the tragic news rang down the hall of our dorm. One of us had been dating a band member of the Bar Kay's, and we held a candlelight vigil through the night.  

It was a time of hope and carnage. That same spring we would lose MLK, (also in Memphis), and Robert Kennedy.  So many memories burned into the grooves of this song...

 
Saw him in 67 and got to talk to him back stage. A real gentleman, hard to believe it's been 50 years since he passed. A great biography, 
"An unfinished life" by JonathanGould is worth finding.  An extensive chronicle of his life and Stax records. 


                                                      N O B O D Y
                                               Could sing like Otis. 





 jackie0 wrote:


I first heard him in person in 1966 and 67 in the Stax-Volt Review concerts that toured the south at that time.  

 
gawd I am soooooooooo jealous
congrats to you {#Hearteyes} 
 thewiseking wrote:
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?
 
Probably, but they'd pour so much AutoTune and other production all over it, that you wouldn't notice it.
 sktillman wrote:
What a great voice! Truly gifted. And his natural talent for building momentum, falling back, and pressing again, like ocean waves, created a very sexy dynamic tension that folks like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison must have admired. Too bad we lost him early. He was the real deal. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" was the tip of the iceberg.

 
Yes, great description! 
I first heard him in person in 1966 and 67 in the Stax-Volt Review concerts that toured the south at that time.  

Think of seeing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T, Moms Mabley, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and the whole lineup all in one night ... The tectonic plates of r&b met r&r, and the results were truly paradigm shifting.  It was only a short time later, in December of that year in Memphis, when the tragic news rang down the hall of our dorm. One of us had been dating a band member of the Bar Kay's, and we held a candlelight vigil through the night.  

It was a time of hope and carnage. That same spring we would lose MLK, (also in Memphis), and Robert Kennedy.  So many memories burned into the grooves of this song...
  thewiseking wrote:
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?

  
 
   Alexandra wrote:

 
I think Ben Harper could cover this song and really rock it to pieces.  

 

Not going to happen.  Mumbly Ben would have to wake up from his nap to sing like Otis.
 Alexandra wrote:

 
I think Ben Harper could cover this song and really rock it to pieces.  

 
This is OK, but I like Delbert McClinton's version better. Check it out.

Man this is great
 sktillman wrote:
What a great voice! Truly gifted. And his natural talent for building momentum, falling back, and pressing again, like ocean waves, created a very sexy dynamic tension that folks like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison must have admired. Too bad we lost him early. He was the real deal. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" was the tip of the iceberg.

 

+2


Sing it Otitis! We have dreams to remember.
 
What a great voice! Truly gifted. And his natural talent for building momentum, falling back, and pressing again, like ocean waves, created a very sexy dynamic tension that folks like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison must have admired. Too bad we lost him early. He was the real deal. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" was the tip of the iceberg.
one of the sweetest sounds on Earth
 thewiseking wrote:
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?

 
There are probably some people who can sing in a similar manner, but you'd have to go out and find them.  It's not a marketable style of music at present, so you may not hear them on a radio very often.  Maybe John Legend can...?
what a tune. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?

 
 
I think Ben Harper could cover this song and really rock it to pieces.  
 thewiseking wrote:
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?

 
Yes, Jezus can!
Can ANYONE sing like this anymore? ANYONE?
Otis did some unremarkable songs too.  Gladly, this is not one.  Thanks RP.
Oh man, this is good. 
Wow, just occurred to me that Amos Lee must have been heavily influenced by Otis Redding.
Otis Babe & the Ladies, you've hit it out of the ball park again…sosuweeet!
Proper "soul", not the stuff churned out by Beyonce et al under the same name.
Wonderful song.  Thanks for playing this RP!
Love when you mix this good older stuff in with the new. It's still relevant.
 hippiechick wrote:
Sing it Otis!

He was only 26?? Wow! I had a date to go see him the night he died, flying out of Cleveland, with the Bar-Kays, but I canceled the date before the show and missed the last chance to see him {#Arghhh}
 

interesting...  love this song...
 
 philbertr wrote:
9 ==> 10

What was I thinking?https://www.radioparadise.com/rp_2.php?#name=Music&file=post&song_id=36293&reply=958459

 
Just did the exactly same thing... This sends chills down my everything. Breathtaking.
9 ==> 10

What was I thinking?
"Wow, what a contrast to the common RP humdrum so adored by the fanboys."
Ah, the superior outsider. How original.
Man, that horn section makes me want to leave work and go hang out at a honkey-tonk.
This is so good for the soul.
 unclemrbig wrote:
A good family in Macon, GA.  Cross the redding bridge on a daily basis.  Heard the Allman's earlier here.  Need some Little Richard, the ROlling Stones, and REM and my Macon music fix is sated for the day.
 
Hey!!

8:49 amRolling Stones
Beast Of Burden
Some Girls (1978)7.6
 
8:46 amOtis Redding
I've Got Dreams to Remember
The Very Best of Otis Redding

 
REM?  Bueller?  Bueller? 
A good family in Macon, GA.  Cross the redding bridge on a daily basis.  Heard the Allman's earlier here.  Need some Little Richard, the ROlling Stones, and REM and my Macon music fix is sated for the day.
 bachbeet wrote:
Otis died at only 26.  Such a tragedy.  It sure does seem that way too many geniuses die way too young.  And it isn't as if this is a recent phenomenon: Mozart only 35; Schubert, 31; Schumann was still relatively young and could have produced so much more when he died at 46; I've outlived Beethoven's age; Chopin at 39; Gershwin at 38; Mendelssohn also 38; von Weber at 39; Bizet, 36; Paul Chambers (jazz bassist) at 33; Fats Navarro (jazz tumpet) 26; Charlie Christian, 25; Clifford Brown (jazz trumpet) at 25; Jaco Pastorius at 35; Charlie Parker at 34.  I've also outlived Paganini who died at 58.  Bach is one standout exception as he lived to be 65 and produced not only a ton of fantastic music but also offspring who also produced lots of great music.  So, it's not just a rock 'n roll/drug phenomenon.
 
Thanks for the mention of someone who died just as I was learning about him and following him in publications like Downbeat magazine.  Maybe the first "tragic" loss that I felt as a younger person.  Being a (mediocre) tuba player, I marveled at bass players of every kind (classic doubles, slapping stand-ups, Sting, Jaco, the jass bassist in the high school jazz band)...I envied all of them!

I think this is a testament to his talent...  You can just make out the crowd moving their heads to his playing!
Otis died at only 26.  Such a tragedy.  It sure does seem that way too many geniuses die way too young.  And it isn't as if this is a recent phenomenon: Mozart only 35; Schubert, 31; Schumann was still relatively young and could have produced so much more when he died at 46; I've outlived Beethoven's age; Chopin at 39; Gershwin at 38; Mendelssohn also 38; von Weber at 39; Bizet, 36; Paul Chambers (jazz bassist) at 33; Fats Navarro (jazz tumpet) 26; Charlie Christian, 25; Clifford Brown (jazz trumpet) at 25; Jaco Pastorius at 35; Charlie Parker at 34.  I've also outlived Paganini who died at 58.  Bach is one standout exception as he lived to be 65 and produced not only a ton of fantastic music but also offspring who also produced lots of great music.  So, it's not just a rock 'n roll/drug phenomenon.
 chyk5 wrote:
I can't believe I've never heard this. It's stunning.
 
Check out
"Dirty Dancing"


Wow, what a contrast to the common RP humdrum so adored by the fanboys. 
 MirageRF wrote:
Sweet soul music.  It doesn't get better than Otis.
 
Fixed yer typo.
Sweet soul music.  It doesn't get much better than Otis.  Takes me back................{#Hug}
 shakitten wrote:
This song ends WAY too soon. More Otis!!!!
 

Just the way Otis ended WAY too soon. Right on - More Otis!!!!
This song ends WAY too soon. More Otis!!!!
Sing it Otis! And the girls...and the horns...
Good Version
 TerryS wrote:
Ahhh, that soothes the earache Eisley gave me.
 
heeheeeheeeee! {#Roflol}

Sing it Otis!

He was only 26?? Wow! I had a date to go see him the night he died, flying out of Cleveland, with the Bar-Kays, but I canceled the date before the show and missed the last chance to see him {#Arghhh}
Died at 26 - THAT'S the voice of a young man. He should be in the heartbreakingly tragic 27 club regardless.
Ahhh, that soothes the earache Eisley gave me.
Wasn't a version of this song in "The Cutting Edge" movie?  I must be going around the western slopes... {#Stupid}
 Stingray wrote:


Lennon, Chris Wood, both Redding's (Otis and Noel)
with Joey Ramone singing,

my personal Supergroup!

 
Wait a minute, you are going to have Joey Ramone singing over Otis???? I wouldn't do that.{#No}
9 -> 10
 teapot wrote:
One of the best singers (and songwriters) EVER!
 

Lennon, Chris Wood, both Redding's (Otis and Noel)
with Joey Ramone singing,

my personal Supergroup!

 teapot wrote:
One of the best singers (and songwriters) EVER!
 

Can't argue with that at all {#Good-vibes}
Otis - father of Noel!
 chyk5 wrote:
I can't believe I've never heard this. It's stunning.
 
{#Yes} Agreed!

I can't believe I've never heard this. It's stunning.
One of the best singers (and songwriters) EVER!
burdell wrote:
Did anyone else growing up in the late '70s and '80s think that Otis Redding only ever actually recorded one song?
Great observation - I never dreamed that one day we would have the internet and RP to set things right.

 ThePoose wrote:
While at the Monterey International Pop Festival, Brian Jones (yes, the perpetually stoned Stone, who was alive at the time) admonished other acts to never follow Otis Redding on stage because they will suck in comparison.
 
And so Bill makes the Stones follow Otis on RP! Priceless...

Now Playing:
Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden
Otis Redding - I've Got Dreams to Remember


 jadewahoo wrote:
Brought me to tears.
 
{#Cheers}

 toterola wrote:
It's just that there's no "next" Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, Dead, WattStax, MoTown, Muscle Shoals Sound, et alii, to look forward to.
 
I understand what you mean, but that is extremely self-limiting.  Why does there need to be a next Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, et. al.?   There could very well be something around the corner that will blow all of those out of the water just like they did to the crooners, pops and barbershop guys.

Look forward to being amazed, not to having what you adore now recycled.  Artists like Porcupine Tree (just to name one example) are out there on the commercial fringe pushing the edges.

Brought me to tears.
 cc_rider wrote:
Damn.
 
I hear you, cc!

I saw Booker T. Jones (the Booker T.) at Coachella, backed up by the Drive-By Truckers. It just reinforced my feeling that the best music of my lifetime came in my early youth (1960s-1970s). Seeing Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen there also buttressed this feeling.

Not that there's no good music coming out now. Thanks to Bill and RP, my musical horizons are broader than they used to be.

It's just that there's no "next" Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, Dead, WattStax, MoTown, Muscle Shoals Sound, et alii, to look forward to.

I'm a big U2 fan, but now the music biz is looking for a successor for them. The default seems to be Coldplay. That is the punchline to a bad joke. {#Rolleyes}


 honeygirl wrote:
Hallelujah, Amen!
 
and again and again!

Damn.
Regarding recording only one song, but one reply: "Try a Little Tenderness" from Otis Live in Europe. Lots o' others, but that is Epic. Not sure where Epic is in relationship to Godlike, but is very good.

But this may be the song they had in mind when the genre was dubbed "Soul Music." Godlike.
i remember.....  -  10.
burdell wrote:
Did anyone else growing up in the late '70s and '80s think that Otis Redding only ever actually recorded one song?
Yes. Cryin' shame too: his body of work is stunning.
kazuma wrote:
You're not alone. The Delbert version is the one I know as well and I'd never heard this rendition either. BTW, we needs us some Delbert on RP!
Didn't the late Buddy Miles do a version also?
Did anyone else growing up in the late '70s and '80s think that Otis Redding only ever actually recorded one song?
After hours of ho hum Fabulous. Worth working late.
"Are there any queers in the theatre tonight? Get them up against the wall."
Although this is fabulous, the Delbert McClinton version iks even better (hard as that is to believe)
This is great!! I'd like to hear some Ben Cauley next...maybe with The Staple Singers, Bill?
Hell yeah! Otis, my man!
great...
ThePoose wrote:
While at Monterey, Brian Jones admonished other acts never to follow Otis Redding on stage because you will suck in comparison.
A pretty rare example of Jonesy being exactly right on the money.
While at the Monterey International Pop Festival, Brian Jones (yes, the perpetually stoned Stone, who was alive at the time) admonished other acts to never follow Otis Redding on stage because they will suck in comparison.
timrd wrote:
COOL...he is the man. Maybe Animal House will be on this weekend.
That was another Otis.... Otis Day and the Knights were in Animal House.
timrd wrote:
COOL...he is the man. Maybe Animal House will be on this weekend.
That's Otis Day.....
COOL...he is the man. Maybe Animal House will be on this weekend.
otis!...my man!
It doesn't get much better than this.Wonderfull.
Hallelujah, Amen!
GregX59 wrote:
I can't believe I'm 46 years old, a music fanatic, and have NEVER heard Otis sing this. I wouldn't have thought it possible that anyone could do this tune better than Delbert McClinton. I stand corrected.
You're not alone. The Delbert version is the one I know as well and I'd never heard this rendition either. BTW, we needs us some Delbert on RP!
Can't get enough of his sound...more please
Otis is the MAN! Is that the Bar Kays playing those funky horns?
Awesome rendtion of this song. Its too bad the mix isn't a little better though. But then again it kinda makes the song what it is.
Otis played a lot of 6/8 ballads, and this one is probably in the top 2 (#1 being "I've Been Loving You Too Long"). I think the excellent use of background vocals (which Otis didn't frequently employ) is one of its outstanding features. Beastie wrote:
Did anybody care for the version in The Commitments? It was Otis that they were supposedly waiting for at that club in the end.
That would have been a long wait :) Nothing in The Commitments was as good as the originals, but they were definitely good for what they were supposed to be -- an enthusiastic cover band.
GregX59 wrote:
I can't believe I'm 46 years old, a music fanatic, and have NEVER heard Otis sing this. I wouldn't have thought it possible that anyone could do this tune better than Delbert McClinton. I stand corrected.
I got the Delbert McClinton version on a compilation of Alligator records stuff. Great double disc collection. Highly Recommended!
Truely outstanding. Thanks...
And what a beautiful musical segue from the Allman's Dreams. Somebody had to be at the ABB concert this 2005 summer when Warren Haynes covered this soul classic shortly after they played the ABB's Dreams - just too coincidental! p.s. don't forget Carla Thomas! dionysius wrote:
Looking for a label? It's called "Memphis Soul" or (after the record label) "Stax Soul" to be particular, to distinguish it from northern Philly or Motown soul, or from other southern soul in general. Otis Redding (with a vital assist from Steve Cropper and the other MG's) practically invented this regional scene, though partisans of Rufus Thomas have their points as well. Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes and others made the scene in Memphis as well. Classic stuff indeed. That said, no labels can describe how sweet and wonderful the music is. "I've Got Dreams to Remember" gets me--right there--every time.
I can't believe I'm 46 years old, a music fanatic, and have NEVER heard Otis sing this. I wouldn't have thought it possible that anyone could do this tune better than Delbert McClinton. I stand corrected.
Looking for a label? It's called "Memphis Soul" or (after the record label) "Stax Soul" to be particular, to distinguish it from northern Philly or Motown soul, or from other southern soul in general. Otis Redding (with a vital assist from Steve Cropper and the other MG's) practically invented this regional scene, though partisans of Rufus Thomas have their points as well. Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes and others made the scene in Memphis as well. Classic stuff indeed. That said, no labels can describe how sweet and wonderful the music is. "I've Got Dreams to Remember" gets me--right there--every time.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
Ahh I think it's called "GOOD" Otis will allways get you . . . . Never mind if you don't know, it don't matter.
Cambot wrote:
Whoa, what are you talking about? Do you hear the horns? The organ? That voice?
That's not a very useful response.... It's like saying "I hate vomiting" and having someone respond with "But it's such a beautiful day! Look at the blue sky, and do you hear the birds chirping?" :P You can't reason someone out of something he wasn't reasoned into. Some music will just rub you the wrong way.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
Oh my goodness.
Can't ever get enough Otis...play on!
Beastie wrote:
Did anybody care for the version in The Commitments? It was Otis that they were supposedly waiting for at that club in the end.
Otis would've been cool, too, but it was Wilson Pickett they were waiting for at the end, who finally showed up in the limo after they were gone.
Yeah. Oh yeah. Otis, yeah.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
Whoa, what are you talking about? Do you hear the horns? The organ? That voice?
Did anybody care for the version in The Commitments? It was Otis that they were supposedly waiting for at that club in the end.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
Tsk Tsk Tsk. That's somewhere between sad and tragic.
wow. i can't believe this is the first time i've seen profanity on these comment boards, but it is. are we really allowed to talk like that here?
ScottyB wrote:
In additon to "Motown", "Soul" and "R&B", I have heard this kind of music referred to as "fuck yeah" (see below), or "mmmmmmm" (which I beleive is derived from the sound often heard eminating from nearby listeners)
Fuck yeah! You got that right.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
you don't dance do you?
I just love it.
catmaven wrote:
I cannot stand anything by Otis Redding or anything in this genre. I would like to know what it is called so I can avoid it in future. Is it "Motown"? "Soul"?
In additon to "Motown", "Soul" and "R&B", I have heard this kind of music referred to as "fuck yeah" (see below), or "mmmmmmm" (which I beleive is derived from the sound often heard eminating from nearby listeners)
Thank you, Fitz--It's R&B and soul and Motown, I guess. Real blues I like a lot. fitz368 wrote:
Uh, click on the album and read.