That's Heavy Baby 1971-1973

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Raven's That's Heavy Baby gathers 22 Solomon Burke rarities he recorded for MGM between 1971 and 1973, following his career-defining soul hits for Atlantic in the '60s. During his brief stint with the label, Burke produced two enjoyable soul/gospel/country-inspired albums, Electronic Magnetism and We're Almost Home, plus contributed a few songs to the soundtrack of the blaxploitation film Cool Breeze. The majority of these cuts maintain a consistently high performance level with the exception of three insipid cover versions from Electronic Magnetism. The problem with Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' out My Back Door," Sly Stone's "Stand," and especially, "Three Psalms ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Raven's That's Heavy Baby gathers 22 Solomon Burke rarities he recorded for MGM between 1971 and 1973, following his career-defining soul hits for Atlantic in the '60s. During his brief stint with the label, Burke produced two enjoyable soul/gospel/country-inspired albums, Electronic Magnetism and We're Almost Home, plus contributed a few songs to the soundtrack of the blaxploitation film Cool Breeze. The majority of these cuts maintain a consistently high performance level with the exception of three insipid cover versions from Electronic Magnetism. The problem with Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' out My Back Door," Sly Stone's "Stand," and especially, "Three Psalms of Elton: Your Song/Border Song/Take Me to the Pilot" has nothing to do with the material or Solomon Burke's performance, but with the flashy arrangements drenched in background vocals. Imagine former Osmonds producer and onetime MGM head honcho Mike Curb behind the controls of a Stax record; not even Solomon Burke's commanding, booming delivery could rise above such garishness. Luckily, the remaining material is decent, as are the rare singles from the period: "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Georgia up North," and "Here Comes the Train." That's Heavy Baby is a welcome retrospective of scarce material from this deep soul master.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657021422
  • Catalog Number: 214
  • Sales rank: 200,335

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solomon Burke Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Don Gibson Composer
Solomon Burke Composer, Producer
John Fogerty Composer
Elton John Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
James W. Alexander Composer
Gene Page Producer, Orchestration
Henry Glover Composer
Michael Lloyd Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
P. Hope Evans Composer
B. Burke Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Joe Louis Composer
John Dowler Liner Notes, Concept, Annotation
Ted McQuison Producer
Jerry Stynes Producer
Melanie Burke Composer
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