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Definitive Soul Collection
     

The Definitive Soul Collection

by Solomon Burke
 
Now this is how compilations should be done. This double-disc set from Rhino compiles 30 cuts ranging form 1961 ("Just out of Reach (Of My Open Arms),") to 1974 ("You and Your Baby Blues"), and spans no less than four labels: Atlantic, Bell, ABC Dunhill, and Chess. It's true that the lion's share of these tracks -- all of them singles -- are from Solomon Burke's most

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Now this is how compilations should be done. This double-disc set from Rhino compiles 30 cuts ranging form 1961 ("Just out of Reach (Of My Open Arms),") to 1974 ("You and Your Baby Blues"), and spans no less than four labels: Atlantic, Bell, ABC Dunhill, and Chess. It's true that the lion's share of these tracks -- all of them singles -- are from Solomon Burke's most productive and creative period with Atlantic, but the inclusion of "Proud Mary," issued by Bell in 1969, the originals "Midnight and You," from 1974 for ABC, and the aforementioned Chess title round out the singles view of an always underappreciated artist of major import. While it's true that after Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Burke was arguably the most original stylist of the Atlantic stable, he was also, like Redding, a fine songwriter, as displayed here in cuts like "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "Tonight's the Night" (written with Don Covay), "Keep Looking," "Someone Is Watching" (with Eddie Floyd), and "Got to Get You off My Mind," to name a few. Also included here is Don Covay's "Soul Meeting," with Burke singing alongside Joe Tex, Arthur Conley, and Ben E. King. John Tottenham's long biographical liner essay is excellent to boot. With decent sound quality, a plethora of hits and misses, and great notes, this is the Solomon Burke compilation to beat, and it's affordable as well, making it a necessary purchase.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227766627
catalogNumber:
77666

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Solomon Burke   Primary Artist,Vocals
Arthur Conley   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben E. King   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Tex   Vocals,Track Performer
Don Covay   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mel Tillis   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Author
Wes Farrell   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Horace Ott   Composer
Sonny Sanders   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Jerry Styner   Composer
Billy Taylor   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Composer,Audio Production
James Alexander   Composer
J.B. Moore   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Virgil Stewart   Composer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Joy Byers   Composer
Marvin Chivian   Composer
Dick Dallas   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
John Tottenham   Liner Notes
Dirk Slik   Discographical Annotation

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