By Matt Weingarden
Updated March 11, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

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