Wilson Pickett: Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings 1962-1978

The first blast here may be the most incendiary debut in Sixties R&B: Wilson Pickett's raw, triumphant cry in 1962's "I Found a Love," with the Falcons. Pickett didn't hit his cocksure strut until 1965-68 hits like "Don't Fight It," "In the Midnight Hour" and "I'm a Midnight Mover." But he hardly stumbled after that, cutting classics with Duane Allman and Philly-soul masters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, even covering Free's "Fire and Water." This set has everything from Pickett's rocky start and long peak, and it's rarely less than wicked.