50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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Wilson Pickett, 'The Best of Wilson Pickett'
Wilson Pickett, 'The Best of Wilson Pickett'37/50

Wilson Pickett, 'The Best of Wilson Pickett'

Not just for the half-rhyme's sake was this repurposed gospel up-and-comer called the wicked Pickett. If there were a genre dubbed hard soul, he'd exemplify it, and the reason there isn't is that none of his rivals commanded a voice so tough or an attack so unyielding. By his standards a love song is something suitable for a phone booth wall at the midnight hour – "634-5789," perfect. That's one reason dance records that don't quit such as "Funky Broadway" and "Mustang Sally" were his wheelhouse. "Man and a Half" would come later. So on this nonstop collection, make the theme statement a mere "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)."

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