NYC 1961-1966

NYC 1961-1966

by Jackie WilsonJackie Wilson


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The very title of Ace's 2015 NYC 1961-1966 places the double-disc compilation in the context of Jackie Wilson's career. This set, containing no less than 24 previously unreleased tracks plus an additional rarity first issued in 1987, collects 48 sides Wilson recorded in New York City while working for Brunswick Records with producers Nat Tarnopol and Eddie Singleton, favoring rarities over the familiar; several songs make their stereo debut here, while others were unavailable on CD prior to this. During this time, hits came -- "The Tear of the Year," "I'm Comin' on Back to You," and "Baby Workout" all reached the R&B Top Ten, with the latter climbing to number one; only "I'm Comin' on Back to You" is here, along with an alternate take of "Baby Workout" -- but it was a rocky time for Wilson, not least because he was recovering from a gunshot he suffered at the hands of a jealous lover in February 1961. This personal tragedy slowed him down for a good portion of 1961 but it's also true Wilson spent the early '60s pursuing a crossover sound, a highly produced concoction that certainly belonged to the East Coast more than Wilson's Detroit origins. Although producer Rob Hughes does zero in on alternate takes where the sugary backing vocals aren't quite so prominent, these classy flourishes -- along with a slight hint of dramatic supper club ballads -- are hard to excise, as they're part and parcel of Wilson's early-'60s recordings; he was dressing in snappy new threads. Some of these affectations can be a little grating but the alternate takes on NYC 1961-1966 have less of the backing vocals than the finished versions, plus Hughes and his fellow reissue producers have dug up some dynamite hard-hitting soul, highlighted by the cracking "Me, My Mother's Son." Cleverly, the collection is sequenced to highlight such moments of brilliance, dispensing with a strict chronological order so the high-octane "3 Days 1 Hour 30 Minutes" follows "Me, My Mother's Son." There's a pretty high quotient of winners here, too, and they're not just uptempo, either: there are plenty of blues and ballads that are idea showcases for Wilson's soaring vocals. As nicely crafted as they are, they're not always especially hooky as songs -- that, combined with the overheated production, may have resulted in the soft commercial performances -- but throughout it all, Wilson's performances are indelible. Even when he didn't have the material or production he deserved, he remained one of the greatest singers of his time, as this compilation handily proves.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667071024
catalogNumber: 5011585
Rank: 98011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Wilson   Primary Artist
Dale Warren   Conductor

Technical Credits

Jackie Wilson   Composer
Alan Lorber   Director
Varetta Dillard   Composer
Paul Evans   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Stan Applebaum   Director
Gil Askey   Director
Rex Garvin   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Director,Producer
Kasha   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Horace Ott   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Nat Tarnopol   Composer,Director,Producer
Harold Thomas   Composer
Dale Warren   Arranger,Director
Teacho Wiltshire   Director
Bert de Coteaux   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Demetriss Tapp   Composer
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Ruth Henderson   Composer
Alonzo Tucker   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
William McCorkle   Composer
Eddie Singleton   Composer,Producer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Shelly Coburn   Composer
John Roberts   Composer
Brian Gray   Quotes Researched & Compiled,References
Rob Hughes   Liner Notes,Label Design,Sleeve Photo
Donald Height   Composer
Eugene Hamilton   Composer
Edgar Campbell   Composer
Bobby Adams   Composer
Joe Morris   Composer
Patricia Peale   Composer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Alan Thomas   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Susan Winford   Composer
Bob Tubert   Composer
Sid Wyche   Composer
Andrew Rix   Quotes Researched & Compiled,References
Phoebe Wood   Composer
Tony Douglas   Quotes Researched & Compiled,References
Ray Gordy   Director

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