Wilson Pickett – In Philadelphia (1970/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96 kHz]

(Last Updated On: December 2, 2019)

Wilson Pickett – In Philadelphia (1970/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 26:45 minutes | 583 MB | Genre: Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino Atlantic

One of the most significant contributors to soul music, Wilson Pickett headed north for his eleventh studio album, “Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia”. Pickett teamed up with the Philadelphia-based duo, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, to produce this refreshingly arranged album highlighted with Pickett’s trademark passion, intensity and energy. Included is one of Pickett’s grooviest hits, “Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9” and his sensational rendition of the hit “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You”.

After cutting most of his hits in the laid-back but gritty environs of the Deep South (most notably Memphis and Muscle Shoals), in 1970 Wilson Pickett decided to move with the times and headed to Philadelphia, where his raw, bigger-than-life vocals were paired with the higher-gloss funk of songwriters and producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It may not have seemed like an ideal match on paper, but in the studio the results were inspired; on Wilson Pickett in Philadelphia, Gamble and Huff kept the studio band on the good foot at all times, and Pickett’s always passionate and forceful performance added whatever grease that might have been missing from the Philly session cats. (Not that they sound lacking in spirit, as Pickett inspires fiery performances from the band on cuts like “Engine, Engine Number 9” and “Run, Joey, Run”.) While a few of the songs aren’t quite up to snuff (especially the just-plain-silly “International Playboy”), and Pickett sound a lot better when he’s tom-catting than when he’s lovelorn (as on “Help The Needy”), the star still fires on all cylinders regardless of the material, and Gamble and Huff create first-class accommodations for his performances without losing touch with Pickett’s gritty soul in the process. Wilson Pickett in Philadelphia was one of his last truly memorable sets for Atlantic Records; in 1973, he’d leave the label for RCA Victor, and his career as an R&B hit-maker would never truly recover.


01 – Run Joey Run
02 – Help The Needy
03 – Come Right Here
04 – Bumble Bee (Sting Me)
05 – Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You
06 – Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9 (Part 1 & Part2)
07 – Days Go By
08 – International Playboy
09 – Ain’t No Doubt About It

Produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Recorded in 1970 at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wilson Pickett – Lead Vocals
Vincent Montana Jr. – Vibraphone, Percussion
Ronnie Baker – Bass
Thom Bell – Organ
Earl Young – Drums
Bobby Eli, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers – Guitar
Gene Dozier, Lenny Pakula – keyboards, piano
Sam Reed & His Horn Section – Horns
Don Renaldo & His String Section – Strings


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