Proud Mary: The Bell Sessions

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a somewhat spruced-up version of Burke's 1969 Proud Mary album, containing all of the songs from that LP, and adding seven bonus cuts from 1969-70 singles and outtakes. Burke kept pace with changing soul and rock trends fairly well on Proud Mary, which has a funkier, bluesier deep soul feel than his more famous early- and mid-1960s Atlantic material. That feel didn't come about by total accident, of course; the record was recorded at Muscle Shoals, where he could sing with the area's esteemed session musicians, rather than the uptown New York players he'd worked with at Atlantic. There's a bit of a sense of Burke following the crowd rather than blazing his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is a somewhat spruced-up version of Burke's 1969 Proud Mary album, containing all of the songs from that LP, and adding seven bonus cuts from 1969-70 singles and outtakes. Burke kept pace with changing soul and rock trends fairly well on Proud Mary, which has a funkier, bluesier deep soul feel than his more famous early- and mid-1960s Atlantic material. That feel didn't come about by total accident, of course; the record was recorded at Muscle Shoals, where he could sing with the area's esteemed session musicians, rather than the uptown New York players he'd worked with at Atlantic. There's a bit of a sense of Burke following the crowd rather than blazing his own path, and the song selection is a bit unimaginative not that this was an unusual happenstance on soul albums. Still, even those are given respectable readings, and Burke also tackles a couple of songs Dan Penn co-penned, in addition to waxing one of his own, "How Big a Fool Can a Fool Be," which has that thin electric sitar-guitar hybrid sound peculiar to some pop-soul discs of the era. The bonus tracks are pretty interesting, including previously unissued covers of Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" and Sam Cooke's "Change Is Gonna Come," along with some non-LP singles that showed Burke absorbing as he had on the Proud Mary album some contemporary rock influences. His own "The Generation of Revelations," a 1969 single, made some fashionable lyrical bows to the counterculture; an odd 1970 single matched a post-Elvis Presley cover of "In the Ghetto" with the gospel rock of "God Knows I Love You," written by the unusual songwriting team of Delaney Bramlett and "In the Ghetto" composer Mac Davis.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771107923
  • Catalog Number: 11079
  • Sales rank: 83,770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solomon Burke Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Mac Davis Producer
Solomon Burke Arranger, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Haven Gillespie Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Tamiko Jones Producer
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
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