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Like A Fire [CD]

Solomon Burke Audio CD
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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Solomon Burke Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pinnacle
  • ASIN: B00189DQJE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Like a Fire 5:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We Don't Need It 5:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Fall 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Minute to Rest and a Second to Pray 4:240.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ain't That Something 3:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. What Makes Me Thing I Was Right 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Understanding 3:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You and Me 3:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Thank You 4:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. If I Give My Heart to You 3:140.89  Buy MP3 


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another outing to Burke's country. 4 July 2008
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Solomon Burke's latest CD is a personal and understated if not sparse affair. For most of his career the man from Philadelphia has been switching between country and soul, often choosing songs from the (white) country tradition but singing them with (black) preacher type phrasing. Until recently Burke's accompaniment also stuck to traditional soul patterns. Nothing wrong with that! Now, once again, there is not a sax or trumpet in sight. If anything this CD is even more introspective than its predecessor. Is it good? Yes, but I'm beginning to believe it's not as good as the three preceding ones, Don't give up on Me, Make do with what you've got and Nashville. My ideal verdict would be three and a half stars but that is not possible.
The two collaborations with Eric Clapton are the highlights of the album.
Like a Fire, the album's opener and title track is a brooding song. I do wonder though whether perhaps Burke should have taken more time before finally recording it. I have now heard three versions of this song. At the Glastonbury festival on June 29 the big man seemed to have difficulty remembering the lyrics, four days later at London's Barbican he gave a superb impassioned rendition of the song, obviously having familiarised himself with it in the mean time. The Barbican version was in my opinion superior to the one on this CD.
Thank you, co-written with Clapton is upbeat and light of touch with one of those lovely down home spoken bits in the middle of a song, Burke can do so well.
Other highlights are We don't need it, a tale of a man who loses his job and A Minute to Rest, although I could have done without the heavenly choir at the start there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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One thing with Solomon Burke is that you never know what you're going to get. One minute he's belting out some great soul, the next minute finds him going all country. And he manages a variety of moods - foot stomping through to intimate soul baring - with great adeptness.

His recent run of critically acclaimed albums ("don't give up on me", "make do with what you've got" and "Nashville", all worth checking out) has found him find a new audience by combining all these talents and utilising some great new material written for him by some big names (Dylan and Van Morrison to name a couple).

Here he attempts the same formula, with material provided by Eric Clapton and Ben Harper among others, but the style through out is of intimate soul, with little variety. This is no bad thing, Burke is a past master at this, and does an excellent job. It is also good that all the guest stars do not dominate the album, this really is Burke's all the way through.

My only real trouble was the material. It's OK, but not really strong enough for Burke to really get his teeth into. He does his best, and the result it quite listenable, it just doesn't quite have the vital spark that made "don't give up on me" a smash. Nothing here really grabs your attention and lodges in your memory.

All in all a decent, workman like album with a nice cosy feel, but it didn't work as well for me as his other recent albums, so only three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a fire solomon burke 24 May 2012
By wellsy
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to my mind the best solomon burke cd more soul and blues numbers,as im a blues fan this is more my taste of this great lately deceased artist, more than his solely soul albums
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Solomon and guests 25 Oct 2009
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What a great album, I love it. Don't listen to the other downbeat reviews as it is FUNKY soul
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cook On Low Power 40 Minutes; Remove Plastic; Serve 16 Jun 2008
By Todd Kay - Published on Amazon.com
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There was a delightful bit of one-take candor preserved on Solomon Burke's previous release, 2006's NASHVILLE. After a blistering gallop through Bruce Springsteen's "Ain't Got You," Burke, marveling at the locked-in ferocity of the band's attack, and sounding amused and exhilarated and a little out of breath, barely waited for the playout to die down before exclaiming, "Y'all done went hog crazy here! What in the heck is goin' on in this place here? Has y'all got religion?!" Prolonged and raucous laughter could be heard from musicians and engineers as the smoke cleared, and Gillian Welch, who presumably had just arrived to contribute guitar and harmony vocal on her song "Valley of Tears" (the take of which immediately followed), joked, "Don't hang me out there, man!"

On the recorded evidence, it seems unlikely that any such surprises or outbursts took place at the sessions for LIKE A FIRE. This tepid follow-up to NASHVILLE is the shortest (39 minutes), the least energized, and by some margin the weakest of the four albums Burke has made since his gratifying rediscovery with 2002's acclaimed DON'T GIVE UP ON ME. The opening track/title song, penned by Eric Clapton, sets an all-too-representative pace and tone with its vague lyric, meandering midtempo music, and studiously mellow sound. Producer Steve Jordan gives slight songs such as "Ain't That Something" and "You And Me" a tasteful, gently cushioned R&B bounce (prominent organ over subdued bass and percussion) that calls to mind Al Green's lesser work. Nothing here is difficult to listen to, and almost nothing is easy to remember afterward.

The two left turns also fail to score solidly. Keb' Mo and Alan Dennis Rich contribute "We Don't Need It," a sentimental story-song about a father who dreads breaking the news to his family that he has lost his job, and then is surprised and touched by their loyal and self-sacrificing reactions (the wife suggests selling Grandma's china and silverware in a yard sale). Although this apparently was written with Burke in mind, the sextugenarian soulman seems strange casting for a domestic heartwarmer (40 years ago, George Jones might have have sold it). Speaking of miscasting: although the closing track, "If I Give My Heart To You" (previously associated with Nat 'King' Cole and Doris Day), has been singled out in some of the early reviews as the album's keeper, it hits my ear as more of a curio -- it has no logical relationship to anything that has preceded it, and the tinkly arrangement veers uncomfortably close to lounge kitsch.

In a weak field, one strains to find highlights. The foursquare ballad "Understanding" (the bridge of which Burke bawls out beautifully; this is not the Bob Seger song of the same name, by the way) and a second Clapton submission, a gentle singsong titled "Thank You" (on which Burke gets a rare co-writing credit), have a modest, nose-on-your-face charm. Ben Harper's "A Minute To Rest And A Second To Pray" is the toughest and most impassioned track; it comes closest of anything in this dainty, genteel lineup to vintage Solomon. The singer himself is in fine fettle throughout, and the sincere and engaging performances of a distinctive American voice caught in great autumnal shape are the album's major positive. But we have seen and heard too recently that, with stronger material, he can do more. Nothing here compares with the charge of hearing him put his stamp on Tom Waits's oddball anthem "Diamond In Your Mind," and challenge himself with the peculiar intervals and allusive wordplay of Elvis Costello's "The Judgement." No performance here is as biting and sardonic as "Honey Where's The Money Gone," as ripsnortingly loony as "Seems Like You're Gonna Take Me Back," as probing and thoughtful as "The Other Side Of The Coin," as exquisitely sensual as "Don't Give Up On Me," as forceful in its sheer conviction as "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul," as heartbreakingly vulnerable as "Up To The Mountain" or "'Til I Get It Right."

Burke and his collaborators deserve credit for refusing to define and hew to a particular formula, giving each new album a feel and sound different from those of its precedessors, but the title of this fatally bland collection proves unfortunately ironic. Despite the best efforts of this most incendiary of performers, the music simply never ignites.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses a Spark 22 Feb 2009
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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Soloman Burke's "Like a Fire" may not be his very best recording compared to his expansive catalog, but it offers a few strong sounds. The opener "Like a Fire" is a bouncy midtempo track penned by Eric Clapton, "I'm always searching for meaning." Danny Kortchmar who worked with James Taylor & was in the classic band Jo Mama guests on guitar. Keb' Mo's sunny guitar and backing vocals support Soloman on Mo's "We Don't Need It," "So we gathered round the table, told them the news, a look of desperation nearly broke me in two." Soloman burns in a workout on Ben Harper's "A Minute to Rest & a Second to Pray." Soloman's vocals are excellent on Jesse Harris' "What Makes Me Think," despite a plodding feel to the music. One of the better tracks is Jesse Harris' "You & Me" that steps into a good groove with Harris' throbbing acoustic guitar & Rudy Copeland's wailing organ. Soloman Burke's sole credit as a songwriter is with Eric Clapton on "Thank You," a subtle shuffle. After a decidedly midtempo playlist, Burke slows down old school for the lounge weeper "If I Give My Heart to You." "Like a Fire" unfortunately never really ignites. There are some bright spots and great musicianship, but the disc misses a spark. Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par 21 Sep 2012
By John C. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure what was going on here but I thought ALL of the songs were uninspired. Mr. Burke did a credible job because of his talent, but there was just very little of the deep feelings I usually get when listening to his older material.
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