#231: Mr. Excitement by Jackie Wilson


Mr. Excitement by Jackie Wilson (1992)

Favorite Tracks: "St. Therese of the Roses" and "Reet Petite" and "Danny Boy" and "Lonely Teardrops" and "I'll Be Satisfied" and "That's Why I Love You So" and "Sazzle Dazzle" and "The Greatest Hurt" and "Baby Workout" and "No Pity (In the Naked City)" and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher"and "Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy" and "Chain Gang" and "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"

Thoughts: 72 tracks in this anthology.  72.  I'm getting too old (or the list is getting too long) for me to keep doing this volume of one artist.  I mean, surely there exists a Jackie Wilson 20th Century Masters kind of compilation, with a decent number of songs, like 18?  I just don't think I need to hear EVERY song he ever recorded.  It's alright to be a bit more selective!   Especially when the artist basically operates with only one genre.  Maybe I'm just ticked that more artists don't get anthologies like this, and I shouldn't take it out on poor Jackie.

That said, the man has some serious pipes.  And moves!  I listened to a few of the songs as live versions, and he can really move it.  My favorite song of all 72 was the timeless classic:

Turn it up.

Is This Better Than The River?:  By sheer volume and breadth, it's better, but I'd reach for The River to listen to before this in most instances.

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