ARTIST: Wilson Pickett
TITLE: It’s Too Late
YEAR RELEASED: 1963
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: If You Need Me (#64, #30 R&B), It’s Too Late (#49, #7 R&B), I’m Down to My Last Heartbreak (#95, #27 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Otis Redding + Session musicians
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Wicked Pickett begins his solo career, and sings the hell out of some average material.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Wilson Pickett’s break came originally with his work singing with the gospel / soul vocal group the Falcons. Their success allowed Pickett to go solo, and with the charting of “It’s Too Late” in the Top 10 of the R&B charts not only did the soul community notice his great talent, he also attracted the attention of Atlantic Records.
This collection of Pickett’s work for Double L records shows his talent. The material is average for the most part, with only a couple of songs that are memorable (except for Pickett). There’s also an instrumental for some reason (why?) which takes away from it all. You want to hear Pickett sing, you know.
It’s worth listening and keeping around – mainly because of Pickett.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Other members of the Falcons were successful soul artists Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice. Quite a group!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Downgrading for the instrumental. Upgrading the material to this grade thanks to Pickett.