A Man and a Half: The Best of Wilson Pickett
Like his '60s brothers in song Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett defined the grittier side of soul with original fervor and timeless grace. The double-CD set A MAN AND A HALF: THE BEST OF WILSON PICKETT completely chronicles "'Wicked"' Pickett's groundbreaking genius. Disc 1 consists of the essential Pickett experience, with songs like "Midnight Hour," "Funky Broadway," "Land of 1,000 Dances," and "634-5789-Soulsville USA" showcasing his earthy growls and carnal cries and the driving horns and explosive rhythm section that make these Atlantic recordings true classics. Disc 2 is a hodgepodge of cover-heavy hits that show Pickett as a tamer, more versatile vocalist. Hearing Pickett's 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.