Like a Fire – Solomon Burke (2008)
September 4, 2008
Initially a gospel disc jockey/singer Mr. Burke became a part of the great soul singer roster at Atlantic Records in the Sixties. I am not sure why, but he never “crossed over” to garner the same huge pop audience that the other Atlantic Soul singers did. But his music was a staple in my growing up years and it is great to see that his talents have not been laid to rest.
Mr. Burke finally won a Grammy for his 2002 contemporary blues album “Don’t Give Up on Me” the year after he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
This latest record is what I would call Country/Soul/Blues and I happen to like it. I don’t quite understand the few mediocre and/or negative reviews I have seen on the web, but like Sly Stone said “different strokes … for different folks!”
Here is the set list. Note some of Solomon’s famous friends who composed for this set. 😉 I have also included my two favorites for you to give a listen to — tracks 1 and 9.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and decide to check out the CD for yourself.
1. Like A Fire (Eric Clapton)
2. We Don’t Need It (Keb’ Mo/Alan Dennis Rich)
3. The Fall (Meegan Voss/Dann Kortchmar/Steve Jordan)
4. A Minute To Rest And A Second To Pray featuring Ben Harper (ben Harper)
5. Ain’t That Something (Steve Jordan)
6. What Makes Me Think I Was Right (Jesse Harris)
7. Understanding (Steve Jordan/Meegan Voss)
8. You And Me (Jesse Harris)
9. Thank You (Eric Clapton/Solomon Burke) Now this is one of my favorites but doesn’t it remind you of “Born to Lose”? Well it does to me. I guess Eric and Solomon both harbored that song in their subconscious when they wrote this one. Kinda like George Harrison (R.I.P.) harbored “He’s So Fine” while composing “My Sweet Lord”. I’m just sayin’ . No harm intended. 😉
10. If I Give My Heart To You
I will close with this 2003 live performance by Solomon Burke for those readers who might be unfamiliar with his work. Enjoy.