Solomon Burke - King Solomon
Composed by : Roebuck Staples (A1), Dan Penn (A2), Spooner Oldham (A2), Mickey Newbury (A3), J. W. Alexander (A4), Bert Berns (A5), Dan Dill (A6), Mel Tillis (A6), Alvertis Isbell (B1), Eddie Floyd (B1), Solomon Burke (B1, B6), Don Covay (B2), Carolyn Varga (B3), Charles Derrick (B4), Belford Hendrix (B5), Brook Benton (B5), Clyde Otis (B5)
1 LP, standard sleeve
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Unspecified
Label : Pure Pleasure Records
Original Label : Atlantic
Producers : Bert Berns (A5), Bob Gallo (A4, B6), Dan Penn (A2), Jerry Wexler (A1, A3, A6, B1 to B5), Lincoln Moman (A2)
Originally released in 1968
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Reissued in 2018
Side A :
Side B :
"Pure Pleasure Records has released a 180-gram re-mastered vinyl of a seminal Atlantic album, King Solomon. Originally recorded in 1968, it represented a comeback for the “King”. This album is a primer for gospel-based r & b. Side 1 gets off to a rousing start with a cover of Pops Staples’ “It’s Been A Change”. Solomon brings a hard-driving “testimony” approach to this interpretation with his emotional vocals. The backup singers contribute to the gospel permeation. With a slow-burning intensity, “Take Me (Just As I Am)” is exemplary “sweet soul music” with organ shading. Solomon bares his soul and manages to give a nod to Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex and Otis Redding before the big wailing finish. “Time Is A Thief” was a hit for country artist Mickey Newbury. The King intermingles soul and country as effectively as Ray Charles. There has always been a link between these genres.
Switching gears, Don Covey’s “Party People” is a finger-snapping, good-time stroll line. The jaunty tempo is refreshing. Slowing it way down, “When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)” exudes rawness as Burke bares his heart and soul (“…She’s mean to me, but when she touches me, nothing else matters…”) in a superb recreation of the healing power of love. The soul-balladry angst fits Burke’s vocal range. “How Do You Make You Love You Like You Do” is dynamic in its embrace of painful dedication. Burke infuses Brooke Benton’s mellow “It’s Just A Matter Of Time” with palpable gospel roots. The arrangement has great string accents and wonderful back up singing. The overall intensity build up makes this a “King Solomon” translation.
It is hard to fathom how a singer this talented never became a major star (and legendary producer Jerry Wexler agrees). He did not receive a Grammy until 2003. Pure Pleasure Records has done a superior job in re-mastering King Solomon to 180-gram vinyl. The overall mix is balanced with Burke’s soulful voice in the front. Both the grittiness and fluid tonality of Burke are captured with a radiating warmth. All of the instrumentation is folded in to surround the vocals.
Long live the King Of Rock ’N’ Soul!" Audiophile Audition August 2018 by Robbie Gerson
"With his big, powerful voice and fervent but controlled emotionality, Solomon Burke was one of the early pioneers of soul music, though his contributions were not fully recognized until the new millennium, when he belatedly won his first Grammy.
By the age of nine, Solomon Burke (b. March 21, 1940, Philadelphia, PA) was a preacher and choir soloist at his family's Philadelphia church, the House of God for All People. At twelve he began hosting his own gospel radio show, "Solomon's Temple", and touring the gospel circuits billed as the "Wonder Boy Preacher". In 1955 he began recording both religious and secular music for Apollo and Singular before signing with Atlantic Records in 1960.
At Atlantic Burke made some of the first soul records by setting his gospel 'preaching' style in song forms borrowed from R&B, rock & roll and other secular music styles. He was a major influence on Mick Jagger, who covered Burke-related songs "You Can Make It If You Try", "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", "If You Need Me" and "Cry To Me" on early Rolling Stones albums. Otis Redding also covered Burke's R&B variation on the traditional folk ballad "Down In the Valley".
Discogs : 4.2 / 5