Editors’ Notes Jackie Wilson was a troubled kid who later became one of the most charismatic performers to ever touch a stage. This well-curated set is a ticking timepiece that captures “Mr. Excitement” in the evolution of R&B, soul, and rock ’n’ roll. And the musical arc here is dramatic: from the rat-a-tat attack of the Berry Gordy–penned 1957 hit “Reet Petite” (Wilson’s first post-Dominoes solo single) to his 1967 smash “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” to his 1968 soul-chill revision of “For Once in My Life” to “Nobody but You,” a gospel lifter off his 1976 final album.

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