It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings

It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings

by Wilson Pickett


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It Ain't Easy: Essential Recordings

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2009
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661221024
catalogNumber: 612210

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
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Scott Billington   Logo Design
Jon Tiven   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing
Charlie Feldman   Composer
Sally Tiven   Composer
Joe Johnson   Engineer
Sky Williams   Arranger,Composer
Sky Williams   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Feldman   Composer
Don Covay   Composer

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