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)."