Monday, January 23, 2006

Pickett's Gone Italian

Wilson Pickett - Deborah

As I've mentioned earlier, one of the things that I appreciate about Wilson Pickett is that his recorded work was pretty broad in reach. Today's selection was Wilson's entry into a 1968 Italian music festival, if I recall the liner notes to The Midnight Mover correctly. "Deborah" is sung in Italian and in English, and Pickett gives it his all. I'm sure his Italian was not perfect, but it's not ludicrous (much better, say, than the Spanish version of "Please Please Please" James Brown did on one of his mid-'70s albums), and the soul is there regardless of the language.

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