Very Best of Jackie Wilson [Ace]

The Very Best of Jackie Wilson [Ace]

by Jackie Wilson
     
 

Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band might have demanded that people 'shake' a leg or tail feather, but possibly only Jackie Wilson put his moneymaker where his mouth was. His rocking "Shake! Shake! Shake!" is one of the many treasures on Rhino's three-disc compilation, forever establishing his place as Mr. Excitement. In the pop and soul canon,…  See more details below

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Big Joe Turner, Sam Cooke, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band might have demanded that people 'shake' a leg or tail feather, but possibly only Jackie Wilson put his moneymaker where his mouth was. His rocking "Shake! Shake! Shake!" is one of the many treasures on Rhino's three-disc compilation, forever establishing his place as Mr. Excitement. In the pop and soul canon, Wilson's contribution to music has always been controversial because he was more an entertainer than a prolific composer or innovator. The 74-song collection explores the breadth of his musical mastery from the days of early rock-n-roll: from rhythm & blues, country, and classic soul to jazz and good old-fashioned crooning. He may not have invented it, but Wilson's breathtaking use of melisma on his signature hit "Lonely Teardrops" makes him the owner of the device. Song by song, it becomes apparent just how great an influence he was on his contemporaries and the stars who followed. Two tunes, "St. Louis Blues" and the hit "St. Therese of the Roses" exemplify the more distinctive pop direction the Detroit native took Billy Ward & the Dominoes as their post-Clyde McPhatter frontman. Classics such as "Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You'll Ever Want to Meet) and "You Better Know It" show his huge impact on Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, and early Marvin Gaye. Wilson even gives soul super heroes like Solomon Burke a run for top status with gems like "I've Got to Get Back to the Country." Now and forever, he deserves his props. The set is pure energy; it's a shame most who'll enjoy this body of work will never see his legendary live show. Still, perhaps the only reason to listen to the whole collection is to reach the climax on disc three, arriving at one of the greatest songs of all time, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." Its power in church, in the streets, and on the dance floor is undeniable.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Similar to the U.S. greatest-hits collection of the same name (on Rhino), but with substantially more tracks. This 24-song anthology has all the familiar big singles on the Rhino compilation, but goes into his late-'60s-early-'70s material in greater depth. His best stuff was recorded before that, though, so you're not much (if at all) worse off by sticking to the cheaper, more easily available domestic collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/1993
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667191326
catalogNumber:
913
Rank:
22877

Tracks

  1. Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)
  2. Lonely Teardrops
  3. To Be Loved
  4. That's Why (I Love You So)
  5. I'll Be Satisfied
  6. Doggin' Around
  7. Lonely Life
  8. Night
  9. You Better Know It
  10. Talk That Talk
  11. Am I the Man
  12. I'm Comin' on Back to You
  13. A Woman, a Lover, a Friend
  14. Baby Workout
  15. Squeeze Her - Tease Her (But Love Her)
  16. No Pity (In the Naked City)
  17. Whispers (Gettin' Louder)
  18. I Get the Sweetest Feeling
  19. Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy
  20. Love Is Funny That Way
  21. Just Be Sincere
  22. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
  23. You Got Me Walking
  24. (I Can Feel Those Vibrations) This Love Is Real

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