Friday, February 10, 2012

235 Mr Excitement.

Album: Mr Excitement
Artist: Jackie Wilson
Genre: Soul
Year: 1992


  1. St. Louis Blues 
  2. Sister Therese of the Roses
  3. Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)
  4. By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Right Now!
  7. I'm Wanderin'
  8. We Have Love
  9. Singing a Song
  10. To Be Loved
  11. Lonely Teardrops
  12. I'll Be Satisfied
  13. You Better Know It
  14. Talk That Talk
  15. Only You, Only Me
  16. Hush-A-Bye
  17. That's Why (I Love You So)
  18. I Know I'll Always Be in Love With You
  19. Wishing Well
  20. So Much
  21. It's All a Part of Love
  22. Night
  23. Doggin' Around
  24. She Done Me Wrong
  25. Sazzle Dazzle
  26. You Were Made for) All My Love
  27. A Woman, a Lover, a Friend
  28. Am I the Man
  29. Alone at Last
  30. My Empty Arms
  31. The Tear of the Year
  32. Your One and Only Love
  33. Please Tell Me Why
  34. I'm Comin' on Back to You
  35. Years from Now
  36. You Don't Know What It Means
  37. Stormy Weather
  38. Lonely Life
  39. My Heart Belongs to Only You
  40. The Greatest Hurt
  41. I Found Love
  42. I Just Can't Help It
  43. Baby Workout
  44. Shake a Hand
  45. Squeeze Her - Tease Her (But Love Her)
  46. I've Got to Get Back (Country Boy)
  47. Silent One
  48. She's All Right
  49. Shake! Shake! Shake!
  50. Danny Boy
  51. No Pity (In the Naked City)
  52. Think Twice
  53. I Believe
  54. Whispers (Gettin' Louder)
  55. I've Lost You
  56. Who Am I?
  57. Just Be Sincere
  58. I Don't Want to Lose You
  59. Stop Lying
  60. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
  61. Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy
  62. Open the Door to Your Heart
  63. Chain Gang
  64. Even When You Cry
  65. I Get the Sweetest Feeling
  66. For Once in My Life
  67. (I Can Feel Those Vibrations) This Love Is Real
  68. This Love Is Mine
  69. You Got Me Walking
  70. No More Goodbyes
  71. Just Call My Name
  72. Don't Burn No Bridges

Jackie Wilson is definitely not a household name. His life and career seems to have sailed past most people and the average record buyer couldn't identify his gender let alone one of his songs. But to people who saw him live he was apparently unforgettable. When people talk about dynamic performers, artists who turn a stage into their own personal temple and make the audience worship at their feet, they often bring up names like James Brown, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Apparently all three regarded Wilson as the most dynamic performer on  earth. Wilson was the guy who inspired the guys who inspired everyone else.

Listening to this disc it's possible to get an idea of what they were talking about. Wilson has an amazing voice and some genuine energy comes through his singing. He can nail pretty much any style around and has a fantastic vocal range. Listening to hits like Higher and Higher you can't help but think: this guy is clearly good but can he still command a stage while dressed in a shiny red jumsuit and pirate boots? It's an obvious question and thankfully answered by this clip right here. Wilson dances around the stage showing some real moves and shows off an impressive range of vocal tricks and affectations all while wearing a one-piece crimson outfit and footwear he clearly stole from Jack Sparrow. So impressive is he that the backing vocalists confine themselves to a yellow metal cage so they don't get blown over by his charisma.

Mr Excitement comes in two versions. A one disc version (released in 1992) and a more recent three disc boxed set. The single CD issue is a great overview and contains everything you need. The three disc version makes it clear that Wilson sung his fair share of duds as well as hits.

Highlight: The faster stuff.
Lowlight: The Ballads (Especially Sister Therese of the Roses. Does anyone else think a nun is an odd choice for a song dedication?)

Influenced by: Blues and big bands
Influenced: Frontmen everywhere.

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "Young people who think that stars of today such as Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, ect. can sing should listen to this boxed set. "

-The obligatory Britney reference. It seems that it's impossible to review music recorded before 1963 without including a dig at Ms Spears. Leave Britney Alone!

So is Wilson Mr Excitement or about as interesting as a song about a nun. Let me know below.

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