Like a Fire

Like a Fire

by Solomon Burke
     
 
Like a Fire opens with its title song, one of two new tunes Eric Clapton gave to Solomon Burke for this album, and from the first notes this sounds very much like an Eric Clapton album. Unfortunately, the Clapton albums it most clearly recalls are Pilgrim, Reptile, and Back Home, albums that have little to do with the power of the blues and

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Like a Fire opens with its title song, one of two new tunes Eric Clapton gave to Solomon Burke for this album, and from the first notes this sounds very much like an Eric Clapton album. Unfortunately, the Clapton albums it most clearly recalls are Pilgrim, Reptile, and Back Home, albums that have little to do with the power of the blues and instead feel like something polite and tasteful you can play while you're having a cookout with the neighbors on a sunny Sunday. In all fairness, Like a Fire isn't as spineless as that makes it sound. As one of the greatest singers in the history of Southern soul, Burke is incapable of delivering a boring performance, and he's in typically splendid form on these sessions, finding more in the nooks and crannies of this material than most anyone else could discover. And producer Steve Jordan assembled a fine band for these sets, with Jordan on drums, Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Dean Parks on steel guitar, and Ben Harper and Keb' Mo' sound fine in their cameos. But at heart, Like a Fire seems to have been influenced not so much by classic soul or blues as by anonymous adult contemporary, as if Jordan was hoping to make a Solomon Burke album that would appeal to a mature, thoughtful listener. Of course, Burke has been making mature, thoughtful music since he first set foot in the Atlantic Records studios in 1964, but that was music you could dance to, cry with, and feel in your heart and soul. Like a Fire usually sounds too polite and reserved to bring out a strong emotional reaction in anyone, and while Burke's powerful vocals bring some force and fire to these recordings in spite of themselves, this master is better heard in more deserving surroundings; try Don't Give Up on Me or Nashville instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663108460
catalogNumber:
31084
Rank:
97686

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Performance Credits

Solomon Burke   Primary Artist
Larry Goldings   Piano
Larry Taylor   Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Upright Bass
Rudy Copeland   Organ
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Michael Lang   Piano,Celeste
David Paich   Organ,Wurlitzer
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Keb' Mo'   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Candy Burke   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Andrew Shulman   Cello,Soloist
John Walz   Cello
Jesse Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Jordan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Shawn Amos   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Meegan Voss   Background Vocals
Ross Deroche   Conductor
Jane Vickers   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Monet Owens   Background Vocals
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Solomon Burke   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Don Smith   Engineer
Mark Watters   String Arrangements
Beth Herzhaft   Cover Photo
Jimmy Brewster   Composer
Jimmie Crane   Composer
Steve Jordan   Producer,Audio Production
Shawn Amos   Executive Producer
Meegan Voss   Composer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Composer
Ross Deroche   String Contractor
Jeff Palo   Producer
Mark Watters   Arranger

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