The Exciting Wilson Pickett

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The Exciting Wilson Pickett
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1966
RecordedMay 12, 1965–May 8, 1966
Memphis, Tennessee and
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
ProducerJerry Wexler, Steve Cropper, Jim Stewart, Rick Hall, Tom Dowd
Wilson Pickett chronology
In the Midnight Hour
The Exciting Wilson Pickett
The Wicked Pickett
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Exciting Wilson Pickett, released in 1966, was the third album by R&B and soul singer Wilson Pickett. The album charted at #3 on the U.S. Billboard R&B albums chart and #21 on the popular albums chart. According to AllMusic, this second album firmly established Picket's "stature as a major '60s soul man".[2] The album launched four major hits for Pickett, but AllMusic emphasizes that the non-hit cuts, "of nearly an equal level", will be of more interest to collectors.[2]

Originally released on the Atlantic label, the album has been re-issued on CD by Rhino, Collectables and Warner Bros. Records. In 2007, a new LP edition was released by the label 4 Men with Beards.

Hit singles[edit]

The Exciting Wilson Pickett launched four crossover hit singles. "In the Midnight Hour" reached #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and #21 on the pop singles chart. "Land of a Thousand Dances" reached #1 and #6 respectively, his biggest pop hit. "Ninety-nine and a Half (Won't Do)" reached #13 and #53. "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)", a song which Pickett had not on first hearing liked, reached #1 and #13.[3]

Pickett later redid the song "Land of a Thousand Dances", originally a hit in 1963 for New Orleans-based composer Chris Kenner, for the soundtrack of The Great Outdoors, a 1988 film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Land of 1000 Dances" (Chris Kenner) – 2:28
  2. "Something You Got" (Kenner) – 2:58
  3. "634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)" (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd) – 3:00
  4. "Barefootin'" (Robert Parker) – 2:22
  5. "Mercy Mercy" (Don Covay, Ronald Dean Miller) – 2:30
  6. "You're So Fine" (Lance Finney, Willie Schofield, Bob West) – 2:38
  7. "In the Midnight Hour" (Cropper, Wilson Pickett) – 2:36
  8. "Ninety-nine and a Half (Won't Do)" (Cropper, Floyd, Pickett) – 2:44
  9. "Danger Zone" (Cropper, Pickett) – 2:12
  10. "I'm Drifting" (Homer Banks, Pickett, David Porter) – 2:54
  11. "It's All Over" (Cropper, Pickett) – 2:21
  12. "She's So Good to Me" (Bobby Womack) – 2:17



  • Haig Adishian – cover design
  • Steve Cropper – supervisor
  • Tom Dowd – engineer, supervisor
  • A. Scott Galloway – liner notes
  • Rick Hall – engineer, supervisor
  • Dan Hersch – digital remastering
  • Bill Inglot – digital remastering
  • John Peck
  • Bob Rolontz – liner notes
  • Nick Samardge – photography
  • Jim Stewart – engineer, supervisor
  • Jerry Wexler – supervisor