Wilson Pickett – 1966 – The Wicked Pickett

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A fabulous album, done when Pickett was in the midst of his best period at Atlantic. It had everything, great songs, wonderful production and arrangements, and a hungry, galvanizing Wilson Pickett hollering, screaming, shouting, and soaring on anything he covered, from ballads to uptempo dance and midtempo wailers.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Atlantic LP including covers

Tracks
A1  Mustang Sally 3:04
A2  New Orleans 2:32
A3  Sunny 3:16
A4  Everybody Needs Somebody To Love 2:16
A5  Ohh Paa Pah Doo 2:37
A6  She Ain’t Gonna Do Right 2:14
B1  Knock On Wood 2:40
B2  Time Is On My Side 2:31
B3  Up Tight Good Woman 2:29
B4  You Left The Water Running 2:31
B5  Three Time Loser 2:19
B6  Nothing You Can Do 2:14

Review by J. P. Ryan

Wilson Pickett was one of the most dynamic, exuberant, and compelling soul singers of his generation. At his creative and commercial peak he recorded a dozen albums for Atlantic (including two hits compilations – and I’m not counting two various artist sets that each featured a pair of riveting Pickett live performances), released during 1964 – 72, when he left the label for a rather misguided period at RCA that, along with changing popular tastes, led his career to nosedive. But those Atlantic albums (which in the beginning included some earlier material, dating as far back as the Falcons’ 1961 “I Found A Love”) are all worthwhile, ranging from very good to classic. “The Wicked Pickett” is Pickett’s third for the label, a terrific set mostly recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios in October 1966. As such it has a consistency of feel lacking in some of the artist’s more randomly compiled (but still worthwhile) sets, like the debut “In The Midnight Hour” or 1968’s “Midnight Mover.” With Hall and Tom Dowd overseeing a core band that includes Chips Moman, Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham, and Tommy Cogbill (the horn section includes Floyd Newman and Charles Chalmers) the emphasis is on deep Southern soul, slinky mid-tempo funk and the occasional rave-up. The hits include the immortal ‘Mustang Sally and a revved up ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’. ‘Sunny’, the suave Bobby Hebb hit, is the wild card, but Pickett’s version works, and as always it is a pleasure to hear the artist’s distinctive, blistering take on New Orleans r & b (Jessie Hill’s ‘Ooh Poo Pah Do’ and Gary “U.S.” Bond’s slinky ‘New Orleans’) – Pickett transforms the usually relaxed, laconic character that typifies the city’s r & b and funk.

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43 Comments
  • JTF
    Posted at 20:14h, 03 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks, but the link doesn’t work!

  • MJBFan
    Posted at 21:03h, 03 January 2010 Reply

    Nobody does it better than Wilson!

  • monk
    Posted at 20:22h, 03 January 2010 Reply

    link for mr wilson pickett?

  • Chris T
    Posted at 06:07h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks for a great album.
    Best wishes for 2010.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:03h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks nicos

  • Johnny
    Posted at 15:51h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Respect. Never heard this before, much appreciato!

  • Krisch
    Posted at 17:12h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 17:26h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Great start! 🙂

    /Lafayette

  • Bloth
    Posted at 18:36h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks!

  • rich
    Posted at 23:12h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    i cant wait to hear this wilson album thank u nikos and happy new year

  • Raphy
    Posted at 23:21h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    Another BIG SOUL>>>>Keep ‘dem’ Pouring

    Big UP1@1

  • Pele
    Posted at 00:58h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Superb artist. I only had a ‘greatest hits’. What I like most is his passionate style of singing! Much love.

  • Josh
    Posted at 01:49h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • Roy
    Posted at 19:53h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    The one & only Wilson Pickett. It seems I missed this one so thank you very much.

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 20:47h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Thank you.A monster has come to my hard disk ,one of my all time favourites.Thanx again

  • Alan
    Posted at 04:20h, 06 January 2010 Reply

    Really good choice, thanx 4 the gems

  • Antreas
    Posted at 14:46h, 06 January 2010 Reply

    Amazing performer!

  • Thomas
    Posted at 22:51h, 06 January 2010 Reply

    thank you very much! i love wilson and this is him at his best!

  • Antonino
    Posted at 03:08h, 07 January 2010 Reply

    Classic. Like it so much.

  • Kirk
    Posted at 16:05h, 07 January 2010 Reply

    Wonderful. Pure class as usual! Please keep it up for 2010.

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 00:52h, 08 January 2010 Reply

    Thaqnks, much appreciated.

  • Someone
    Posted at 03:11h, 08 January 2010 Reply

    Simply amazing share. God bless you.

  • jean paris
    Posted at 05:01h, 08 January 2010 Reply

    happy new year nikos…and thanks for that beautiful lp…pure pleasure

  • jean paris
    Posted at 05:16h, 08 January 2010 Reply

    and ty to jp…for his review…what a soul team…Respect

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 15:11h, 08 January 2010 Reply

    To those that either do not know who Wilson Pickett is or may ignore one of the greatest artists ever, i like to remind : ‘One of the most popular black singers of the ’60s, Wilson Pickett helped introduce the aggressive style of rhythmic style of soul music. Aided immeasurably by the excellent studio bands backing him at the Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, and The Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals Alabama, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway.” Wilson Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.’

  • Mystic Melvin
    Posted at 00:27h, 09 January 2010 Reply

    His best album ever, still got my original UK. vinyl copy.

  • El Slick
    Posted at 05:17h, 09 January 2010 Reply

    The Wicked Pickett. Damn, Eddie Murphy would love this download. A true legend in the vein of Otis Redding….rawness magnified. Thanks for the education to some and reliving the goodtimes to others.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 20:24h, 09 January 2010 Reply

    Welcome back El Slick. He looks like Eddie on the cover.. So true.. A legend.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 20:55h, 09 January 2010 Reply

    thanx for starting the new year with this bomb. I´ve really forgot this gem. thanx for giving it back to me!!!

  • Angel
    Posted at 01:03h, 10 January 2010 Reply

    In the 60s most of the great black singers were directly related to the Rock ‘n’ Roll. Wilson Pickett was one of them and it was no coincidence that several of his songs were covered by artists of Rock. Thanks for sharing.

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    Posted at 16:29h, 10 January 2010 Reply

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  • KillBill
    Posted at 22:12h, 10 January 2010 Reply

    Dope! Thank u Bro.

  • Sean
    Posted at 04:04h, 11 January 2010 Reply

    Hello – Havent listened to this album yet but just wanted to leave a general comment…although i imagine you wouldnt consider running this blog and putting these albums out there for the musically malnurished general public a chore just want to say thanks for the years of dedication you’ve put in

    apart from a small niche area of house i dont understand todays popular music. it lacks everything this stuff contains. i’ve only really been opened up to this style in the past years or so, mainly through two producers called Moodymann & Theo Parrish, they make house but the good kind of house. it all stems from this

    anyway i’m going on a bit for no particular reason!!! just wanted to say cheers!

    this blog is in my favourites and i will be checking it out on the regs x

  • Bill
    Posted at 14:47h, 11 January 2010 Reply

    Great! Nice to hear the whole album,thanks for sharing

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 11:28h, 14 January 2010 Reply

    Another sublime entry Nikos. The Wicked Pickett was certainly something to be seen live from the little footage I’ve seen – electric !! Will lap this LP up from the prolific gent. It’s a shame that that style of gritty earthy singing that was so popular around this time seemed to lose favour with the advent of sophistisoul. Maybe the two weren’t compatible, like mixing moonshine and a cafe latte, although new artists like Teddy P & Peoples Choice, did buck that trend. Either way, thanks again Nikos for keeping the candle burning.

  • Dwayne
    Posted at 02:09h, 19 January 2010 Reply

    Classic LP, nice site

  • Bill
    Posted at 15:43h, 21 January 2010 Reply

    EXCELLENT post! Thank you for sharing

  • El Slick
    Posted at 08:17h, 18 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much for this gem. Wonder if anybody has the original Mustang Sally by Sir Mack Rice?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 01:48h, 20 February 2010 Reply
  • El Slick
    Posted at 06:03h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    Ha Ha! Decided to give to everybody I see! 🙂

  • Nick
    Posted at 00:45h, 07 March 2010 Reply

    I want to thank you for this – and for all the wonderful music you post. You’ve become one of the mainstays of my listening pleasure. I really can’t thank you enough

  • rhys
    Posted at 00:45h, 30 July 2010 Reply

    is it just me or but the sound on this one sound like it was recorded in a school hall. distant and unclear, backing vocals indecipherable ?

  • Vinyl Records Sale
    Posted at 14:12h, 22 March 2011 Reply

    In case your looking for them, you can find these albums here: Wilson Pickett Records for Sale. Webmaster, cool site dude!

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