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Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino]
     

The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino]

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by Wilson Pickett
 
Like his '60's brothers in song Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett defined the gritter side of soul with original fervor and timeless grace. And the double CD set The Best of Wilson Pickett: A Man and a Half completely chronicles 'Wicked' Pickett's groundbreaking genius. Disc One consists of the essential Pickett experience; Songs like "Midnight Hour

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Like his '60's brothers in song Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett defined the gritter side of soul with original fervor and timeless grace. And the double CD set The Best of Wilson Pickett: A Man and a Half completely chronicles 'Wicked' Pickett's groundbreaking genius. Disc One consists of the essential Pickett experience; Songs like "Midnight Hour," "Funky Broadway," "Land of 1,000 Dances," and "634-5789-Soulsville USA" showcase his earthy growls, carnal cries, and driving rhythm and horn sections that made these Atlantic recordings classics. Disc Two is a hodgepodge of cover-heavy hits. Vocally, it's a tamer Pickett definitely less wicked, but one who certainly emerges more versatile. Listening to Pickett put his soul-howl stamp on hits made famous by The Supremes, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix is not only a treat to the ears, it's a testament to his amazing prowess as a vocalist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Rhino's 1993 collection The Very Best of Wilson Pickett remains the best single-disc anthology of the fiery soul singer's work, choosing 16 of his best tracks for Atlantic and presenting them in excellent remastered sound quality. Pickett never departed all that much from the rough, swaggering vocals that first made his name, but he was utterly electrifying within that style, setting the standard for Southern soul singers behind Otis Redding. All of Pickett's early signature hits -- "In the Midnight Hour," "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)," "Land of 1,000 Dances," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway" -- lead off the disc in quick succession, capturing the emergence of Southern soul as a viable commercial style. But Pickett is just as charismatic on the rest of the material, nearly all of which made the R&B Top Ten and went under appreciated on the pop charts -- he was just too much for white audiences to handle. Pickett did his best to shake up his formula -- he cut a near-psychedelic soul tune, "Engine No. 9," with future Philly soul architects Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; he helped bring Bobby Womack back into the music business by covering his "I'm in Love" and "I'm a Midnight Mover"; and he made some unpredictable cover choices in the Beatles' "Hey Jude," the Archies' bubblegum tune "Sugar Sugar," and Free's "Fire and Water." Fans who want to dig deeper can go for the double-disc A Man and a Half, but The Very Best of Wilson Pickett is such a concentrated dose of everything that made him great that it should be considered a necessary purchase for anyone who claims to be a fan of real soul music.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1993
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227121228
catalogNumber:
71212
Rank:
67218

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The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
First of all, The editorial review by Mr. Idowu is about a different set than the one being offered here. Rhino's The Very Best of Wilson Pickett is a single CD with 16 great songs. If you need to get your party started, put on this disk. Wilson Pickett was always just a party waiting to happen. Great 60's era songs with a groove.