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The Very Best of Jackie Wilson

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One of the most thrilling of R&B singers, Wilson rarely recorded material worthy of his raw-silk voice. Wildly, characteristically inconsistent, The Very Best of Jackie Wilson, a collection of 1957-67 hits, veers from Berry Gordy’s hyper ”Reet Petite” through schmaltz like ”Danny Boy” to the turbo-charged gospel of ”Higher and Higher” — that transcendent 2 minutes 58 seconds when, for once, ”Mr. Excitement” found his match in a song. B

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