Atlantic (2013, Reissue)
This reissue of Wilson Pickett's first album for Atlantic came out a few years ago. This particular version came out on Red Vinyl and while it wasn't my absolute first choice for reissues (there was a 180g version from 2014 that I had my eye on), I was happy to discover that this red vinyl one was also a repress of the original mono mix.
This album has many more Wilson Pickett songs that I was previously familiar with than the last one I wrote about, It's Too Late. First of we have the absolute classic title track. That is one of songs that's just been ingrained in my brain as long as I can remember. As a kid getting my musical education from The Blue Brothers, songs like this immediately jumped out at me when I heard them back then.
But this album's greatness is not limited to its most famous single. Other incredible, soulful songs like "Take A Little Love," "That's a Man's Way" and "Don't Fight It" make this album an absolute treat to listen to. It's a record that sounds so fresh and exciting even though it's fifty three years old. The real insane thing to think about is that when I first heard these songs in the early 80s, they were not even 20 years old. That's less of a time gap than if I go back and listen to Pavement records now. This music (like the music of Pavement) is simply timeless and no matter how far in the rear view the release date gets, it is still as impactful as it ever was.
Wilson Pickett - "In The Midnight Hour":
Wilson Pickett - "Don't Fight It":