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The Very Best of Solomon Burke

  • 1. Just Out of Reach (of My Two Empty Arms)
    2. Cry To Me
    3. Down In the Valley
    4. I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You
    5. If You Need Me
    6. Can't Nobody Love You
    7. You're Good For Me
    8. Goodbye Baby
    9. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
    10. Price, The
    11. Got To Get You Off My Mind
    12. Tonight's the Night
    13. Someone is Watching
    14. Take Me Just As I Am
    15. I Wish I Knew
    16. Soul Meeting
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 72972

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, Ben E. King, Joe Tex.
    Producers include: Jerry Wexler, Bert Berns, Dann Penn, Chips Moman, Tom Dowd.
    Includes liner notes by David Gorman.
    THE VERY BEST OF SOLOMON BURKE documents this innovative and entrepreneurial singer's seven-year association with Atlantic Records. The disc moves from the trailblazing country soul of "Just Out of Reach of My Two Empty Arms" (mistitled as "...Open Arms" in the credits), recorded a year prior to Ray Charles' MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY & WESTERN MUSIC album, to the somewhat chaotic raveup of "Soul Meeting." Listening to Burke's relaxed, almost careless vocals is a consistent delight.
    Along the way we encounter the classy, Latin-tinged R&B of "Cry to Me," and the quintessential '60s rave "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," later covered by the Rolling Stones among many others. It's all topped with Burke's smooth, insinuating, vocals that swing from persuasive to incantatory in the blink of an eye. The backing is mostly spare, sometimes churchy, as befits Burke's preaching background, with a thankful lack of pop schmaltz. Also included is "Got to Get You off My Mind," Burke's sole Number One in the R&B charts, a swinging, horn-laced stomper that displays his technique to stunning effect.

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