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Soul of the Blues

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 clich?s and sometimes lack the drama and punch Burke deserves. But no one has ever accused Burke of not knowing...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 clich├ęs 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: 5/3/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663434125
  • Catalog Number: 34341

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solomon Burke Primary Artist, Vocals
David Torkanowsky Piano
Sammy Berfect Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Clarence Holliman Guitar, Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Harmonica, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
George Porter Jr. 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
Hoyt Dooley Mastering
David Farrell Engineer
Hammond Scott Producer, Audio Production
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Horn Arrangements
Randy Kling Mastering
George Porter Jr. 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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