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WILSON PICKETT Collectables 6336 The Exciting Wilson Pickett ● CD $14.98
12 tracks, 31 min., recommended
Previously reissued by Rhino. There's more than a little James Brown in Wilson Pickett's reading (shouting) of Chris Kenner's Land Of 1000 Dances, maybe that's why it's such a great way to open an album. "Exciting", from 1966, is consistently fine whether Wilson's busy savaging his pipes with unintelligible grunts and screams or giving the ladies love advice. Atlantic liked In The Midnight Hour so much it picked it up off his debut LP and set it down on here. (I doubt that anyone complained.) The other hits, 634-5789/ Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do), were both written with Eddie Floyd and feature first class musical support from Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Al Jackson, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, and others in Memphis. The non-hits couldn't have missed by much. (JC)

WILSON PICKETT Collectables 7767 The Wicked Pickett CD $12.98
12 tracks, 31 mins, essential
One of the all-time great soul LP's (originally Atlantic 8183 - 1966) put together by the brain trust of Jerry Wexler, Rick Hall and Tom Dowd. The Muscle Shoals crew really shines on this one, perfectly complementing the wicked one's almost out-of-control soul style. Three big dance hits here - Mustang Sally/ Everybody Needs Somebody To Love/ Knock On Wood plus lots more great soul like Penn/Oldham penned Up Tight Good Woman plus New Orleans/ She Ain't Gonna Do Right, etc. (AE)

WILSON PICKETT Collectables 7768 The Sound Of Wilson Pickett CD $12.98
11 tracks, 30 mins, highly recommended
Reissue of classic 1967 album (Atlantic 8145) featuring 11 great tracks - Soul Dance Number Three/ I Need A Lot Of Loving Every Day/ I Found A Love, Parts 1 & 2 (a superb 1967 remake of a song he first recorded in 1962 as member of the Detroit soul group The Falcons)/ Mojo Mamma/ Something Within Me/ Love Is A Beautiful Thing, etc. Includes original liner notes. (FS)

WILSON PICKETT Collectables 7769 The Midnight Mover CD $12.98
Reissue of Atlantic 8183 from 1966 with ten hot songs - mostly from the pen of Pickett himself and the upcoming Bobby Womack including the great title song.

THE PLATTERS Ace CDCHD 974 The Complete Federal Recordings ● CD $18.98
The complete pre-fame recordings of this great group recorded in 1954 and 1955, newly remastered from original master tapes and including two previously unissued alternate takes plus recordings by Linda Hayes (sister of Platters lead Tony Williams) - some with The Platters or Williams. The set includes two takes of the original version Only You - the song that was to shoot them to fame when they re-recorded it for Mercury. Includes booklet with notes by Bill Millar.

THE PLATTERS Bear Family BCD 15741 Four Platters And One Lovely Dish ● CD $199.98
9 CDs, 254 tracks. The group's complete Mercury recordings, 1955-64 with 52 page book with extensive notes by Peter Grendysa, full discographical information and dozens of photos - some in color.

THE PLATTERS Kent CDKEND 116 The Musicor Years ● CD $18.98
28 tracks recorded for Musicor in the late 60s.

THE PLATTERS Mercury 510 314-2 The Magic Touch: An Anthology ● CD $21.98
The definitive collection of The Platters' Mercury recordings featuring 50 songs on two CDs. All their Mercury chart hits plus some B-sides and EP/LP only cuts, the previously unissued Hula Hop and lead singer Tony Williams rare solo recording. Booklet features detailed annotation, historical essay and rare photos.

JIMMY PRESTON Collectables 5306 Jimmy Preston ● CD $14.98

JIMMY PRESTON Collectables 5327 Rock The Joint Vol 2 ● CD $14.98

LOU PRIDE Severn 017 Words Of Caution ● CD $15.98
12 tracks, 48 mins, highly recommended
A real treat - a contemporary soul album which recaptures the feel of classic Stax or Hi recordings of the 70s. Chicago born Pride is a superb singer with a big rich and very expressive voice. He has several previous albums out which I haven't heard but based on this one I want to check them out. He is backed by a superb band with a fine horn section. The material, much of it co-written by Pride, is varied and ranges from the throbbing rhythmic Don't Blame The Man to an exquisite deep soul rendition of Delbert McClinton's ballad You Were Never Mine. (FS)

THE PRISONAIRES Bear Family BCD 15523 Just Walkin' In The Rain ● CD $21.98
26 tunes on this wonderful new CD from Bear Family comprising every song the Prisonaires (inmates at Tennessee State Penitentiary) recorded for Sun Records from 1953 to 1955. Led by lead tenor Johnny Bragg, the Prisonaires were modeled on The Inkspots, singing some of the most heartrending songs ever recorded like Just Walkin' In The Rain , A Prisoner's Prayer and No More Tears as well as a fair amount of more upbeat material in the style of the popular Black quartets of the era. They also showed alot of promise with the emerging rock 'n' roll/ R&B style on tunes like That Chick's Too Young To Fry , Lucille, I Want You and Rockin' Horse . A sharp 28 page booklet with discography and many photos make this the definitive package of Prisonaires recordings. (AE)

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