Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 27, 2009: Album of the Day Vol. 42: Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits

All Music Guide Review by by Mark Deming

Wilson Pickett was one of the most consistently strong performers of the great soul era of the 1960's, but like most R&B artists of the period he was strongest in his singles, not his albums, and while he cut some fine long-players in his day, a quality compilation is still the best place to get started with The Wicked Pickett's raw but passionate music. Originally released in 1973 as a two-LP set, Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits got an upgrade to CD in the mid-1980's, and while it's value has since been supplanted by the more efficient The Very Best Of Wilson Pickett and the more thorough A Man and a Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett, this still pulls together twenty-four stellar performances from Pickett's glory days (including three recordings from his early group The Falcons). A few of the choices are not especially well advised - while not exactly awful, Pickett's versions of "Sugar, Sugar" and "You Keep Me Hanging On" may be best left to history - but can you really argue with an album that includes "Mustang Sally", "Land Of 1,000 Dances", "In The Midnight Hour", "Funky Broadway", and "634-5789 (Soulsville U.S.A.)"? Not the very best Pickett collection, but still a good one, and fine value for money if you should find it in a bargain bin.


01. Don't Fight It
02. In the Midnight Hour
03. 634-5789
04. Ninety-Nine and One-Half (Won't Do)
05. Land of 1000 Dances
06. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
07. Mustang Sally
08. Soul Dance Number Three
09. Funky Broadway
10. I'm in Love
11. She's Lookin' Good
12. I Found a True Love
13. I'm a Midnight Mover
14. Man and a Half, A
15. Hey Jude
16. You Keep Me Hangin' On
17. Sugar Sugar
18. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
19. Get Me Back on Time, Engine Number Nine
20. Don't Knock My Love (Part 1)
21. Mama Told Me Not to Come
22. I Found a Love - (with The Falcons)
23. It's Too Late
24. If You Need Me

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