The Definitive Soul Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227766627
  • Catalog Number: 77666
  • Sales rank: 55,701

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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Dave Schultz Remastering
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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