Soul of the Blues

Soul of the Blues

by Solomon Burke
     
 

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Solomon Burke could probably sing the want ads from last week's paper and make them sound powerfully soulful, but he had an easier task on this album, in which he adapted a dozen classic blues numbers to his epic-scale R&B style. Burke would probably have preferred livelier material than much of what he gets on Soul of the Blues, especially "Sufferin' Mind" andSee more details below

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Solomon Burke could probably sing the want ads from last week's paper and make them sound powerfully soulful, but he had an easier task on this album, in which he adapted a dozen classic blues numbers to his epic-scale R&B style. Burke would probably have preferred livelier material than much of what he gets on Soul of the Blues, especially "Sufferin' Mind" and "Candy," which almost give the man a bit more room to stretch out than he needs, and while the arrangements on this set are ambitious and full-bodied, they're also founded on a lot of contemporary blues clichés and sometimes lack the drama and punch Burke deserves. But no one has ever accused Burke of not knowing how to sell a song, and the man is in typically superb form here; he sounds nothing less than joyous as he rolls through "Good Rockin' Tonight," he brings a potent and powerful gospel undertow to "Letter from My Darling," and he all but steals "Pledging My Love" away from Johnny Ace. Soul of the Blues captures the sound of Solomon Burke dipping his toes in a traditional blues style with the passion and conviction he always brings to his music, and it's a fascinating side trip for one of soul's greatest voices; if there are minor flaws in the production and arrangements, that has nothing to do with the glory of Burke's voice.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2005
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663434125
catalogNumber:
34341

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Solomon Burke   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Torkanowsky   Piano
Sammy Berfect   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
Clarence Holliman   Guitar,Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Harmonica,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
George Porter   Bass
Jamil Sharif   Trumpet
John Touchy   Trombone
Eric Traub   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Selassie Burke   Vocals,Background Vocals
Raymond Weber   Drums
Anthony Hamilton   Bass
Sam Mayfield   Guitar,Soloist
Steve Suter   Trombone

Technical Credits

Solomon Burke   Horn Arrangements
David Farrell   Engineer
Hammond Scott   Producer,Audio Production
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Horn Arrangements
George Porter   Contributor
John Sinclair   Liner Notes
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Selassie Burke   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Nauman S. Scott   Executive Producer
McCoy Singleton   Composer
Shawn Amos   Liner Notes
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
John Roberts   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Reissue Producer
Jack White   Composer

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