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Let Your Love Flow

Solomon Burke

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Album Review

Jerry Williams (Swamp Dogg) produced an excellent late-'70s soul session for the legendary Solomon Burke on the tiny Infinity Records label. Williams mixed upbeat numbers with a pronounced Afro-Latin beat and confessional country/soul tunes, emphasizing Burke's trademark song sermons. The music was much too raw and rural for the pseudo-sophisticated big-city radio set, but Southern soul loyalists treasured it. Shanachie's CD reissue includes two bonus cuts, and its digital sound displays the strength, clarity, and power of Burke's voice. Shanachie gets high praises for reissuing the album, but low marks for the horrendous misspelling of Burke's name all over the CD.

Biography

Born: 21 March 1940 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While Solomon Burke never made a major impact upon the pop audience — he never, in fact, had a Top 20 hit — he was an important early soul pioneer. On his '60s singles for Atlantic, he brought a country influence into R&B, with emotional phrasing and intricately constructed, melodic ballads and midtempo songs. At the same time, he was surrounded with sophisticated "uptown" arrangements and was provided with much of his material by his producers, particularly Bert Berns. The combination...
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