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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he never had a huge commercial hit, Solomon Burke's brand of secular gospel mixed with a touch of country helped set the stage for soul, and at least two of his early-'60s singles for Atlantic Records, "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," are stone-cold pop-soul classics. Burke made full use of his preacher's background in his material, fundamentally understanding that there was little difference between a pulpit and a center stage microphone as long as you had a crowd out in front, and songs like his take on Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn's "Take Me (Just as I Am)" are essentially secularized sermons. This set is drawn from Burke's wonderful 1986 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he never had a huge commercial hit, Solomon Burke's brand of secular gospel mixed with a touch of country helped set the stage for soul, and at least two of his early-'60s singles for Atlantic Records, "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," are stone-cold pop-soul classics. Burke made full use of his preacher's background in his material, fundamentally understanding that there was little difference between a pulpit and a center stage microphone as long as you had a crowd out in front, and songs like his take on Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn's "Take Me (Just as I Am)" are essentially secularized sermons. This set is drawn from Burke's wonderful 1986 album A Change Is Gonna Come on Rounder Records with an extra live track ("Proud Mary") tossed in from Burke's Soul Alive! 1985 release for the label. Blessed with a tight band that included saxophonist Bill "Foots" Samuel, these sessions captured Burke at his very best. Highlights include the very American "Got to Get Myself Some Money," a sweet take on Penn and Oldham's "Love Is All That Matters," and an absolutely gorgeous version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." If you aren't familiar with Burke's brand of secular gospel soul, this little comp will get you to the gist of it in a hurry. It's fun stuff, very passionate and very alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661220423
  • Catalog Number: 612204
  • Sales rank: 129,222

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solomon Burke Primary Artist, Vocals
Marc Ribot Guitar
David Barard Bass
Crispin Cioe Baritone Saxophone
Dave Conrad Bass
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Ernie Gautreau Valve Trombone
Bob Kent Drums
Renard Poché Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Terry Tullos Trumpet
Craig Wroten Keyboards
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Gabriel Rotello Keyboards
Paul Litterall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Solomon Burke Composer, Producer
Sam Cooke Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Scott Billington Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Calvin Lewis Composer
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