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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000ESSTLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Found A Love
2. Its Too Late
3. In the Midnight Hour
4. Don't Fight It
5. 634-5789 (Soulsville, USA)
6. Ninety Nine And A Half (Won't Do)
7. Land of 1000 Dances
8. Mustang Sally
9. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
10. Soul Dance Number Three
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I'm A Midnight Mover
2. I Found A True Love
3. Man and a Half
4. Hey Jude
5. Mini-Skirt Minnie
6. Hey Joe
7. You Keep Me Hanging On
8. Sugar Sugar
9. She Said Yes
10. Engine Number 9
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Wilson Pickett embodies soul music at its funkiest, most forceful, and sweat-drenched best in this amazing collection.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J P Ryan on February 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When Wilson Pickett died last year, it seemed his classic Atlantic catalog

- long overdue for a domestic upgrade - just might get the TLC it deserves. Death can either stimulate interest in a neglected legend's work (Ray Charles and Johnny Cash for two recent examples), or not if tragedy is compounded by indifference, and for Pickett fans there just isn't much available in the marketplace. The soul great recorded his most rewarding music for Atlantic from 1962 until 1973, and yet aside from some substandard (sonically and in terms of packaging) titles reissued by Collectables, all we get are the same old repackagings. A decade ago Rhino released two superp expanded editions of Pickett gems, "I'm In Love" (1968) and "In Philadelphia" (1970), both long out of print.

Now Pickett is victim of the "Definitive Soul Collection" treatment. This double CD set collects a mere 30 tracks, 15 per disc, and the selection is deeply obvious. For those who want a solid overview, Rhino's "A Man And A Half," released back in 1992, features 44 tracks including some rarities such as a pair of blistering live performances as well as a decent essay, annotation, a discography, and more. It remains the best Pickett compilation that is fairly easy to find. Of course there is much, much more, and I hope somebody sees that Pickett gets the posthumous respect he so deserved during the last decades of his life.

In short, this "Definitive" collection, designed for the casual buyer I suppose, is another travesty in the recent series, and should be avoided.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Marquart on February 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Along with Rhino's other "Definitive Collections", the remastering on this release is impeccable and easily the best sounding Wilson Pickett collection you'll hear. It's not as thorough as "Man & A Half", but it's a revelation to hear these tunes in pristine sound! The cd covers the best of his work. Starting with the Falcons up in Detroit, and then heading to Memphis at Stax. It just gets better as he heads to Muscle Shoals and then to Chips Moman's studio in Memphis. It ends with his work with Gamble/Huff and then back to Muscle Shoals.
This is essential soul music. Lord, have mercy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Fever Tree Sigmon on June 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The best of all the screamers gets all his essentials into this flawless 30-track twofer. Nowadays, only "In the Midnight Hour" and "Mustang Sally" receive any substantial airplay. Their greatness is well-justified. He was hardcore Southern soul and he was far more remote from employing syrup-laden arrangements than anyone in the music. When he revealed his compassionate side, you had to dig deeply because it was submerged under ballsy brass and guitars. He rode the crest of a wave peaking on the plenty boastful "A Man and A Half", the blunt "I'm a Midnight Mover", the terrifying "Jealous Love", the euphoric "I'm In Love" and the funky "Engine Number 9". Now treat yourself to his most epochal achievement, his cover of the Beatles "Hey Jude". He hollers the song's body triumphantly in a kind-hearted way then climaxes with the raging intensity of the coda (dig Duane Allman's all-encompassing lead guitar here) which could ignite any shindig.
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Here's a masterpiece within itself by the legendary Wilson the "Wicked" Pickett. If you're lookng for the best, or the very best of wilson pickett? Look nomore, this is it. This cd has it all frm "Mustang Sally", "Engine #9", "I'm In Love", to "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool Ya!"...I love ths cd, i dont hve 2 look all over the place to find my fvrtes, they're all here in ths 2cd cllctn. So get on board and get your copy before they are vaulted away. NOTHING LAST 4EVER....THIS CD COLLECTION IS WHAT I RECOMMD!!!
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These recordings seem almost like they are mono sometimes. I expected more of an over-the-top sound with Wilson Pickett recordings. Oh, well.
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