It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Wilson Pickett will always be remembered for his mid-'60s stay at Atlantic Records, where, working with the Stax producers and musicians, he issued such deep soul classics as "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," "Funky Broadway," and "Land of 1000 Dances." Although he remained an exciting singer and was always a powerful stage presence, he never quite equaled that '60s Stax-fed output again, although he came close in 1999 with his final studio album, It's Harder Now, which was produced by Jon Tiven. Gritty and hard-driving, It's Harder Now was both Pickett's comeback album and his swan song. This set, entitled It Ain't Easy, is essentially that final album resequenced...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Wilson Pickett will always be remembered for his mid-'60s stay at Atlantic Records, where, working with the Stax producers and musicians, he issued such deep soul classics as "In the Midnight Hour," "Mustang Sally," "Funky Broadway," and "Land of 1000 Dances." Although he remained an exciting singer and was always a powerful stage presence, he never quite equaled that '60s Stax-fed output again, although he came close in 1999 with his final studio album, It's Harder Now, which was produced by Jon Tiven. Gritty and hard-driving, It's Harder Now was both Pickett's comeback album and his swan song. This set, entitled It Ain't Easy, is essentially that final album resequenced and minus one track, the mildly risqué "What's Under That Dress?" Cuts like "Outskirts of Town," "Taxi Love." and "Soul Survivor" have a wonderful, joyous, and gritty feel, and it's comforting that Pickett was as vital at the end as he was earlier in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661221024
  • Catalog Number: 612210
  • Sales rank: 187,657

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soul Survivor (4:29)
  2. 2 It Ain't Easy (3:08)
  3. 3 Stone Crazy World (4:00)
  4. 4 Outskirts of Town (3:23)
  5. 5 Bad People (3:09)
  6. 6 It's Harder Now (3:43)
  7. 7 All About Sex (3:49)
  8. 8 Taxi Love (3:54)
  9. 9 Better Him Than Me (3:52)
  10. 10 Stomp (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wilson Pickett Primary Artist, Vocals
M Background Vocals
Laurence Etkin Trumpet
Paul Griffin Organ
Simon Kirke Percussion, Drums
Muzz Skillings Bass
Jon Tiven Organ, Guitar, Piano
Mitch Weissman Background Vocals
Jol Dantzig Rhythm Guitar
Billie Ray Martin Background Vocals
Charlie Feldman Background Vocals
Sally Tiven Bass
Todd Snare Percussion, Drums
Mason Casey Harmonica, Background Vocals
Lou Benjamin Background Vocals
Julia Schell Background Vocals
Sky Williams Keyboards
Theresa Williams Background Vocals
Theresa Williams Background Vocals
Sky Williams Keyboards
Charlie Feldman Background Vocals
Crispin Cieo Saxophone
Julia Schell Background Vocals
Larry Etkin Trumpet
Technical Credits
Wilson Pickett Arranger, Composer
Don Covay Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Scott Billington Logo Design
Jon Tiven Arranger, Composer, Producer, Remixing
Charlie Feldman Composer
Sally Tiven Composer
Marcello Azevedo Mastering
Joe Johnson Engineer
Sky Williams Arranger, Composer
Sky Williams Arranger, Composer
Charlie Feldman Composer
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