Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wilson Pickett- I'm In Love

The song is over.

More than Solomon Burke and Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett was my entry point into hard soul singing. I just couldn't believe the way the man screamed. He made Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey, both remarkable screechers, sound like utter twits. Pickett's classic recordings, along with a handful of more recent efforts, such as the fine 1999 release, It's Harder Now, will be enjoyed forever. Of his many hits, "I'm In Love" is the one that resonates most with me. Pickett manages to turns a trifle into a deeply affecting ballad. All that said, I need never hear "Mustang Sally" again. Pickett died today. He was 64.

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