Nothing's Impossible

Nothing's Impossible

by Solomon Burke
     
 

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It's all but impossible to make a bad record with Solomon Burke; as a vocalist, the man is simply a force of nature, and all you have to do is point him in front of a microphone and let him do his stuff and you'll have something worth hearing. But coming up with accompaniment that's worthy of Burke's talents isn't quite as simple, and for a man who cut his teeth

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It's all but impossible to make a bad record with Solomon Burke; as a vocalist, the man is simply a force of nature, and all you have to do is point him in front of a microphone and let him do his stuff and you'll have something worth hearing. But coming up with accompaniment that's worthy of Burke's talents isn't quite as simple, and for a man who cut his teeth working with the likes of Jerry Wexler and Bert Berns, finding the right producer in this day and age is no simple matter. Nothing's Impossible teams Burke with another legend of Southern soul, the great producer, arranger, and songwriter Willie Mitchell (best-known for his work with Al Green) who had been after Burke to make an album with him for years. One listen to Nothing's Impossible confirms that Mitchell's instincts were right on the money; this music has just the right heft and texture for Burke, rich, strong, and gospel-influenced R&B that's sturdy enough to support Burke's earth-shaking vocals while giving the star of the show enough room to move comfortably. Mitchell's subtle, expressive use of strings and horns is very much in evidence here, and the rhythm section cuts a deep, implacable groove. The church has always been one of Burke's strongest vocal influences, and on Nothing's Impossible, Mitchell and his studio crew allow Burke to raise up as much Sunday morning fervor as he needs; on longer numbers like "Dreams" and "It Must Be Love," Burke stretches out like a preacher hitting a groove in front of a congregation, and hearing the King of Rock and Soul get the spirit is a remarkable thing. Burke and Mitchell contributed to the songwriting on these sessions, with both men bringing their A game, and though the notion of Burke covering Anne Murray's hit "You Needed Me" might sound dire, once you hear him do it, it's hard not to be awestruck at the way he brings the old warhorse to life. The sad irony of Nothing's Impossible is that after decades of trying to lure Solomon Burke into his studio, Burke showed up in time for what proved to be Willie Mitchell's final production project, as Mitchell succumbed to heart failure a few months before the album was released. But if this record is Willie Mitchell's final musical offering, Solomon Burke made certain that the man closed out his career on a high note; this is old-school R&B that's smart, passionate, and powerful, and proves the King of Rock and Soul still rules his kingdom with a sure hand.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923208624
catalogNumber:
2086
Rank:
18279

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Solomon Burke   Primary Artist
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Jackie Johnson   Background Vocals
Bobby Manuel   Guitar,Soloist
Susan Marshall   Background Vocals
Lester Snell   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Jim Spake   Baritone Horn
Gary Topper   Tenor Horn
Roy Brewer   Violin
Beth Luscombe   Viola
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Royal Horns   Horn
Jennifer Puckett   Viola
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello
New Memphis Strings   Strings
Archie Mitchell   Conga
Steve Potts   Drums
Spencer Randolph   Background Vocals
Daunielle "Pie" Hill   Background Vocals
Lannie McMillan   Tenor Horn,Saxophone,Soloist
Barrie Cooper   Violin
Jessie Munson   Violin

Technical Credits

Solomon Burke   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Lester Snell   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Candy Burke   Composer
Earl Randle   Composer
Julius Bradley   Composer
Bil Carpenter   Liner Notes
Wilie Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jason Hohenberg   Composer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell   Engineer
Spencer Randolph   Composer

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