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Wilson Pickett The Definitive Wilson Pickett Review

Compilation. Released 2006.  

BBC Review

A man who could inject soul into the Archies' 'Sugar Sugar' could never be ignored!

Alwyn Turner 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.

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