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Wilson Pickett - Live in Japan

  by Carl Bookstein

published: 7 / 4 / 2014



Wilson Pickett - Live in Japan
Label: Floating World Records
Format: CD

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Impassioned soul on excellent reissue of 1973 live concert album from the legendary Wilson Pickett


Bolstered by a surging horn section and a tight rhythmic band, ‘Wilson Pickett: Live in Japan’ finds the soul singer legend in fine form on this reissue of a 1973 concert, originally released as a double live vinyl album. The recording is stinging soul from the start. A powerhouse rendition of the classic ‘Proud Mary’ witnesses one of the famed greats of Southern Soul rocking it in Japan with his signature wail. ‘People Make the World’ is rich rhythm and blues- heartfelt and soothing. This concert album finds Pickett demonstrating an impressive vocal range and register, driving the backing band with his propulsive delivery- including nimble guitar leads, rollicking organ lines and tasteful drum fills. ‘I’m In Love’ showcases gut bucket vocals that hit you straight on, complemented by the first rate horn section. Pickett’s signature hit ‘In the Midnight Hour’ is perhaps his most famed turn, delivered here with passion: “I’m going to wait till the midnight hour… That’s when my love begins to shine.” There is a raging soul rendition of ‘Fire and Water’, originally by the rock band Free, and a beautiful, easy ‘I Found a Love’ that grows steadily with gaining momentum. Also present is a touching rendition of the Association classic ‘Never My Love’. Additionally performed here by Pickett is the everlasting soul music classic ‘Mustang Sally’ as well as ‘Land of 1000 Dances’. Next to Otis Redding, the late Wilson Pickett is one of the most recognizable purveyors of Southern Soul music, part of the rhythm and blues pantheon. On ‘Don’t Knock My Love’ the horn section gets to pumping again with Pickett leading the band in a rousing full on soul experience, backed by steady bass and drums. All in all, ‘Wilson Pickett: Live in Japan’ is an impassioned satisfying set, taking his audience to the soul summit.



Track Listing:-
1 T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
2 Proud Mary
3 People Make The World
4 Sugar Sugar
5 Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
6 I'm In Love
7 In The Midnight Hour
8 Fire And Water
9 I Found A Love
10 Never My Love
11 Glory Hallelujah
12 Mustang Sally
13 Land Of A 1000 Dances
14 Soft Soul Boogie Woogie
15 Mr. Magic Man
16 Don't Knock My Love
17 Goodnight My Love


Band Links:-
http://wilsonpickett.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilson-Pickett-Fan-Page/143643162324339
https://twitter.com/wilsonpickettjr


Label Links:-
http://www.floatingworldrecords.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/floating.worldrecords
https://twitter.com/floatingwrecord



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