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WILSON PICKETT: Mr. Magic Man—The Complete RCA Studio Recordings. (2-CD Set)

Between 1964 and 1972, Wilson Pickett established himself as one of the greatest soul men of all time with a string of incendiary pop and R&B smashes like “In the Midnight Hour,” “Land of 1,000 Dances,” “Mustang Sally” and “Funky Broadway.” But the Wicked Pickett’s scorching career didn’t stop when he left Atlantic Records.  Beginning with 1973’s Mr. Magic Man, Pickett recorded four soulful studio albums for RCA Records, where, in an extremely productive two years, he notched his final Hot 100 hits as well as a string of R&B chart successes.  Yet, Pickett’s RCA discography has been all but ignored in the compact disc era. Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to present the first-ever appearance on CD of all four of Wilson Pickett’s sizzling, funky RCA studio platters on Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings. This 2-CD package includes Mr. Magic Man (1973), Miz Lena’s Boy (1973), Pickett in the Pocket (1974) and Join Me and Let’s Be Free (1975) plus four rare, never-on-CD bonus singles to paint a full portrait of this exciting era. For these sessions, Pickett teamed with producers including Brad Shapiro, Dave Crawford and Yusuf Rahman, and recorded at legendary venues including Muscle Shoals Sound and Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios, where Pickett had recorded some of his most indelible Atlantic sides. The collection takes its title from the hit single written by the team of Bobby Eli and Vinnie Barrett (“Sideshow,” “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”) which captured Pickett in a smooth Philly groove. Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios has remastered this first-of-its-kind collection, while Joe Marchese has penned the liner notes. Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Albums adds up to 42 tracks and 148 minutes of wicked good—and wickedly rare—soul from the iconic voice of Wilson Pickett!



Mr. Magic Man (1973)

1. Mr. Magic Man

2. Only I Can Sing This Song

3. Love Is Beautiful

4. I Sho' Love You

5. Baby Man

6. Sin Was the Blame

7. What It Is

8. If You Need Me

9. I Can't Let My True Love Slip Away

10. I Keep Walking Straight Ahead

Miz Lena’s Boy (1973)

11. Take a Closer Look at the Woman You're With

 12. Memphis, Tennessee

13. Soft Soul Boogie Woogie

14. Help Me Make It Through the Night

15. Never My Love

16. You Lay'd It On Me

17. Is Your Love Life Better

18. Two Women and a Wife

19. Why Don't You Make Up Your Mind

20. Take The Pollution Out of Your Throat

21. Take A Closer Look at the Woman You’re With (Mono Promo Version)

22. Soft Soul Boogie Woogie (Mono Promo Version


Pickett in the Pocket (1974)

 1. Iron It Out

2. Isn't That So

3. Take A Look

4. I Was Too Nice

5. Don't Pass Me By

6. What Good Is a Lie

7. Young Boy Blues

8. Take Your Pleasure Where You Can Find It

9. You're the One

Join Me and Let’s Be Free (1975)

10. Join Me & Let's Be Free

11. Let's Make Love Right

12. I've Got a Good Friend

13. Smokin' In the United Nations

14. Gone

15. Good Things

16. Higher Consciousness

17. Bailin' Hay on a Rainy Day

18. Mighty Mouth

19. Isn’t That So (Mono Promo Version)

20. Take Your Pleasure Where You Can Find It (Mono Promo Version) 

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