WILSON PICKETT - The Definitive Wilson Pickett (2006)
One of the legends of soul, Wilson Pickett had a voice so big it could out-bellow a full-on horn section and still convey an emotional fragility. From the hardest grooves of the pre-funk era to the steamiest of Southern ballads, he stamped his authority on everything he recorded. This double-CD has been released to mark his death in January 2006 and features all the key tracks: "In The Midnight Hour", "Mustang Sally", "Land of 1000 Dances", "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", as well as his version of "Hey Jude", so powerful a performance that it should have caused Paul McCartney to consider retirement. The hits dried up in the early 1970s, but he continued performing and his influence lived on - helped by his songs appearing in movies The Blues Brothers and The Commitments. A man who could inject soul into the Archies' "Sugar Sugar" could never be ignored! You're probablybetter off with the 1992 compilation A Man and a Half (more tracks, in chronological order), but - if that's unavailable -this is a decent alternative.
Wilson Pickett embodies soul music at its funkiest, most forceful, and sweat-drenched best in this amazing collection.
DISC 1: 01. In The Midnight Hour 02. 634-5789 (Soulsville. U.S.A.) 03. Hey Jude 04. Mustang Sally 05. Land Of 1000 Dances 06. Soul Dance Number Three 07. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love 08. That's A Man's Way 09. Get Me Back On Time. Engine #9 10. Don't Fight It 11. Ninety-Nine And A Half Won't Do 12. You Keep Me Hangin' On 13. If You Need Me 14. Hey Joe 15. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You 16. You Can't Stand Alone 17. I'm A Midnight Mover 18. Funky Broadway 19. I Found A True Love
DISC 2: 01. I'm In Love 02. Cole, Cooke & Redding 03. Man And A Half 04. Don't Knock My Love (Part 1) 05. I'm Gonna Cry 06. Sugar Sugar 07. I've Come A Long Way 08. She Said Yes 09. Three Time Loser 10. Fire And Water 11. Call My Name. I'll Be There 12. Jealous Love 13. I'm Not Tired 14. She's Looking Good 15. Mini-Skirt Minnie 16. It's Too Late 17. Funk Factory 18. Stagger Lee 19. In The Midnight Hour (Live and Burnin')
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