The great Wilson Pickett will be forever known as one of the original classic soul pioneers who had a knack of mastering funk grooves drenched in soul, rock & pop. He made some of the greatest sides ever for Atlantic, where he spent almost two decades creating some of the grittiest sold music ever waxed.
In 1967, Wilson "The Wicked" Pickett was honored with his first greatest hits collection by our good friends at Atlantic Records simply titled The Best Of Wilson Pickett. This stunning array of his hit singles, most of them backed by Booker T. and The M. G.'s, dominated the upper rungs of the soul and pop charts for over a year, truly illustrates in sound and funk how important his force was and still is over four decades since!
The man was important in bridging all types of rhythm and blues music to a much wider audience, churning out not only soul smashes but pop masterpieces. Most of his biggest hits have been covered by contemporaries like The Rascals, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson, The Supremes, B. B. King, Mitch Ryder, Bryan Ferry, just to name a few...
Jam packed with the original recordings of solid senders like his classics In The Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally, Funky Broadway and of course Land Of 1000 Dances, The Best Of Wilson Pickett is virtually an encyclopedia of funk! This top ten charting 1967 LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that is until now! Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of Wilson Pickett.
Mastered from the original mono Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, these classic tracks truly reach sonic heights in the high fidelity audiophile domain. We have also included the original artwork elements by Haig Adishian, the classic photo of Wilson Pickett by Jerry Schatzberg, as well as the original liner notes from Jimmy Byrd.
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent The Best Of Solomon Burke audiophile vinyl release, we feel this too will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to our all of the soul, funk and rock vinyl collectors. Soul on!