Atlantic (2014, Reissue)
This is the last of the Wilson Pickett Reissues that I've added to the collection over the past year. It doesn't seem that the reissue campaign extended past The Sound of Wilson Pickett. I'm not exactly sure why (not being as familiar with his non-Greatest Hits output as I would like to be), but I'm definitely going to be looking around for decent condition copies of The Midnight Mover and I'm In Love. I can't imagine his work falls off a cliff over the span of a year.
Back to The Sound Of Wilson Pickett. First off it has one of my absolute favorite Wilson Pickett songs on it, "Funky Broadway." When I was a little kid, there were times that my dad would take my brother and I to a little lake where they had a pseudo 'beach' and swimming. He'd set up at a picnic table with his little hibachi-style grill that could cook two hamburgers at a time and break out one of his three mix tapes on his little portable tape deck. One of those mixes had "Funky Broadway" on it (Another had "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike & The Mechanics, but we'll not talk about that one). "Funky Broadway" always felt like a missing Blues Brothers song and I truly feel that had John Belushi not died, they would have eventually recorded a version of it. I just love this song.
The rest of the album is just as great if I'm being honest. From slower crooning jams like "I Found A Love" (both Parts I and II) to uptempo hits like "You Can't Stand Alone" there's no filler on this album. I'm not sure it's ultimately quite as strong as some of his other full lengths like The Exciting Wilson Pickett or The Wicked Pickett, but it's pretty damn great.
Wilson Pickett - "Funky Broadway":
Wilson Pickett - "You Can't Stand Alone":