The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino]

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1993
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227121228
  • Catalog Number: 71212
  • Sales rank: 43,376

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wilson Pickett Primary Artist, Vocals
Technical Credits
Kashif Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Bonny "Mack" Rice Composer
Robert West Composer
Kevin Phinney Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Artwork, Art Direction
Johnny Bellman Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Joan Griffin Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is a single CD with 16 great Wilson Pickett tunes.

    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.

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