TITLE: Blue & Soulful
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 10: Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) (#24, #7 R&B), Cry to Me (#44, #5 R&B), If You Need Me (#37, #2 R&B), You’re Good to Me (#49, #3 R&B), Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) (#33, #8 R&B), Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (#58, #4 R&B), The Price (#57, #10 R&B), Got to Get You Off My Mind (#22, #1 R&B), Tonight’s the Night (#28, #2 R&B),
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covered songs like “He’ll Have to Go”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, and “Maggie’s Farm” (!!!)
LINEUP: Solomon Burke and session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The singer that bridged between 50’s and 60’s R&B. Burke was crowned “The King of Rock & Soul” in 1963.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Solomon Burke was larger than life. He was a large man, a reverend, an entrepreneur, and a consummate showman. While he didn’t chart as high as his other Atlantic Records, his influence was felt through the company and the R&B community.
Burke had a touch of country in many of his songs, and specialized in pleading songs (torch songs, breakup songs, etc.), many with spoken introductions. He could definitely could rip up the joint, and be tender and sweet, depending on the song.
Burke was less of a priority of Atlantic as time went on. He didn’t always get the best material or the best production compared to the other stars of the label (except for the songs he wrote it seems). He left the label and drifted around a bit – but was always hustling and performing.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He had to hustle. He had at least 21 kids. He owned an early Mountain Dew distribution outlet, funeral homes, and other businesses. He also was an honest-to-goodness man of the cloth.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: This is about everything you need,
GRADE A-: It’s an important collection, though a few tracks are superfluous.