February 1, 2009 – 4:39 am

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Stockholm 1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, February 10, 1969. Very good Pre-FM broadcast.

Despite two albums, a well choreographed stage presence, Curtis Pope’s signature horns and Charles “Skip” Pitts’ guitar work, the Midnight Movers aren’t as well known as The Memphis Horns or the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. But it was “early days” in 1969 and they were more than able to burn the house down when they set the stage for Wilson Pickett.

A dynamic vocalist in his own right, Pope left the singing to “star” Wilson Pickett and when the band drove into the familiar horns of Am I The Same Girl (a song covered by Dusty Springfield and, in 1992, by Swing Out Sister), they had already won over the audience.

Pickett might not coo like Isaac Hayes or Barry White but he had an urgency that’s mighty infectious as on Mustang Sally and Land Of 1,000 Dances and when he turned on the love lights on Hey Jude and I’m In Love, he could sweet talk like the best of them.

A whole genre of vocal styles comes under the R&B rubric but with Pickett, one can’t really see him as a laidback crooner - he was feisty; a master showman and, ably supported by the Midnight Movers and with songs such as Land Of 1,000 Dances, to a generation of fans, soul music was dance music.

Thanks to Davmar77 for sharing the tracks on the Dime site and to Novella1949 for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Radio Intro (715k)
Instrumental - Sweet Lorene (5.3MB)
Instrumental - Am I The Same Girl (Soulful Strut) (4.7MB)
Instrumental (6.8MB)
Instrumental / Wilson Pickett introduction (1.4MB)
634-5789 (4.6MB)
People Make The World (3.1MB)
Midnight Mover (4.8MB)
Hey Jude (5.4MB)
Mustang Sally (6.0MB)
I’m In Love (6.3MB)
Funky Broadway (10.3MB)
Midnight Hour (5.9MB)
Sweet Soul Music (6.3MB)
Land Of 1,000 Dances / radio outro (7.7MB)

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  1. 19 Responses to “BACK TO BLACK - WILSON PICKETT, STOCKHOLM 1969”

  2. …thanks…Wilson was one of the greats..up there with Otis and all the Stax legends…

    By sluggo on Feb 2, 2009

  3. the guitarist in the picture on the back cover looks kind of familiar……….hmmmm…

    By EricA on Feb 3, 2009

  4. @ EricA
    … which only shows that bootleggers (like regular record companies) do everything (including the use of non-fitting photos) to sell their records.
    In 1969 Hendrix was already a star and did not have to wear a suit on stage – but I did not know that he was also playing with Wilson Pickett before starting his solo career.

    By Walter on Feb 5, 2009

  5. Track 2 “Instrumental” is “Sweet Lorene”. Don’t know who wrote it, but Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band played it also.

    I would consider the instrumental version of “Am I the Same Girl” to be “Soulful Strut” ala Young-Holt Unlimited

    The Wilson intro instro sounds like Al Green’s version of “Light My Fire”.

    By JC Brooks on Feb 6, 2009

  6. As I write this, Track 2 is not downloading–clearly it was available earlier if the above poster was able to identify it as “Sweet Lorene,” but right now, it’s the only track that’s unavailable.

    By JasonA on Feb 7, 2009

  7. Hello JasonA

    The server for the track was probably down for a while. It’s OK now.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 7, 2009

  8. Thanks JC Brooks for your feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 7, 2009

  9. Damn! Forty years later, and that show still rocks! Wilson Pickett was one of the first Stax/Volt stars to break into the white mainstream market, and the music Stax/Volt’s stars gave us is immortal.

    Hendrix with Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Movers? You guys sure about that?

    By O.B. Dan on Feb 13, 2009

  10. That can’t be Hendrix. Look closer…the guitarist is playing right-handed. Jimi was left-handed.

    By O.B. Dan on Feb 13, 2009

  11. Whoops…my mistake…I was looking at the front cover. The bands on front and back are two different bands.

    I’m still not convinced on Hendrix; when Pickett put the Midnight Movers together, Jimi was spending more time in England than in America.

    By O.B. Dan on Feb 13, 2009

  12. Sure looks like Hendrix………Could it be from an earlier time??

    Thanks for this absolute jewel!

    By Diane on Feb 14, 2009

  13. From the Rolling Stone magazine Hendrix Bio:

    As a teenager growing up in Seattle, Hendrix taught himself to play guitar by listening to records by blues guitarists Muddy Waters and B.B. King and rockers such as Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran. He played in high school bands before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1959. Discharged in 1961, Hendrix began working under the pseudonym Jimmy James as a pickup guitarist. By 1964, when he moved to New York, he had played behind Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Ike and Tina Turner, and Wilson Pickett. In New York he played the club circuit with King Curtis, the Isley Brothers, John Paul Hammond, and Curtis Knight.

    By Diane on Feb 14, 2009

  14. The picture on this cover must be from 1964-65. He formed Jimmy James and The Blue Flames in 1965.

    By Diane on Feb 14, 2009

  15. I’ve been searchin so long for a live record of The Wicked Pickett…Thanks! A treasure.I’m italian : I remember Wilson Pickett at the San Remo Festival singing “Deborah” coupled with Fausto Leali (1968) and “Un’avventura” coupled with Lucio Battisti (1969).A strong and soulful vocalist.I’m listening the Stockholm concert : very good job!
    The back cover…the singer is surely Wilson Pickett and the guitarist is Jimi when he played with “Jimmy James and the blue flames”.In my opinion is a photomontage.

    By Enrico on Feb 2, 2011

  16. Just one of the things I appreciate about BigO are the comments about the music and artwork from quality people, as so aptly displayed on this Wilson Pickett concert. It is like a bonus lesson beyond the linernotes! Thanks to all of you!

    By 2yrsnojob on Feb 3, 2011

  17. R.I.P. WILSON PICKETT! In case your looking for them, you can find Wilson Pickett Records for Sale Here. Webmaster, cool site dude!

    By Vinyl Records Sale on Mar 22, 2011

  18. The picture is Hendrix, but not from this show. It is from 1966 and it is a purple suit. He is also playing left handed.

    By Joseph on Jan 24, 2014

  19. link for track 08 and 14 is about blank.
    please can you repost.

    By angelpop on May 14, 2015

  20. BigO,
    Would you be so kind as to repost this show? I have been looking for live “back in the day” Wilson Pickett for a very, very long time.

    By J Hand on Aug 27, 2017

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