4 Men With Beards (2006, Reissue)
Wilson Pickett has long been one of my absolute favorite musicians. I was first clued into his music through The Blues Brothers. They were the starting point of so much of the music I would end up listening to. But also, my dad had the Wilson Pickett song "Funky Broadway" on a mix tape that he used to play when I was a kid. I just feel like his music has always been around. I have a few Wilson Pickett CDs and Best of's, but this is the first piece of wax I've picked up.
And picking it up was easy as it was part of a heavy reduction sale blowout thing that Insound was doing. I think it only ended up being $7, so I can forgive the slightly bent corner on the cover. The record sounds great as this is obviously a high quality reissue and the packaging is sturdy and sharp. Not for nothing, I really miss album covers like this. Bands need to bring this style back again. It just looks so classic.
As far as the music goes, you just don't get much better in the 60's soul department than Wilson Pickett. The lead off track "Land Of 1000 Dances" is so phenomenally good, I based all of the music at my wedding off of that one song. Everything had to tie back to the mood it set. But this is not a one song album. Each and every track on here is a smash hit from "634-5789" to "In The Midnight Hour," Pickett is just untouchable. I'm definitely thrilled to have this in the collection and I'm absolutely going to be hunting down deals on the rest of his records. They all deserve a home.
Wilson Pickett - "Land Of 1000 Dances":
Wilson Pickett - "In The Midnight Hour":