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  • Vinyl (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B005IXSN6C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold On Tight
2. My Rose Saved From The Street
3. What A Woman
4. No One
5. More Beauty
6. I Gotta Be With You
7. Seventh Heaven
8. Good For Nothing
9. Text Me
10. Don't Despair
11. The Bend
12. Perfect Song

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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold sleeve / The last album of the King of rock n soul / Including printed lyrics sheet / Contribution of Jools Holland on piano on 'What A Woman'

About the Artist

On October 10, 2010 Solomon Burke passed away at Amsterdam Schiphol airport on his way to perform a gig with his Dutch collaborators De Dijk. What was supposed to be a release party for their album Hold On Tight then became a celebration of the life of the one true King of Rock n Soul. De Dijk, heroes of the Dutch music scene, and Solomon met and shared the stage while on tour in 2007, and they came up with the idea to record an album together. King Solomon was true to his word; De Dijk adapted a number of songs from their back catalogue for Solomon to sing, and they dove into the studio for what sadly turned out to be Solomon's last album. De Dijk's bluesy spin on soulful hard rock turned out to be a sweet musical match with Burke's powerful vocals, 'Hold On Tight' is one of the truest rock n roll projects he worked on. As allmusic.com puts it: 'an impressive finale to a genuinely remarkable career'. The first available edition on vinyl!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By biltmans on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Solomon Burke passed away at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam on Sunday 10th October. He was on his way to an appearance at the City's Paradiso Concert Hall to launch this CD. The album in question, the last to come out during Burke's lifetime teams him up with Dutch band "De DIjk"
You may find this a strange combination. Even this reviewer, who originally hails from cloggy land was not familiar with the group. I have however meanwhile done my homework and found out that these musicians have been going for some 30 years and can rank with the best instrumentalists in the business; Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Booker T, the Memphis Horns, the Meters , they would not have done a better job.
Having been around for a long while the De Dijk amassed an extensive songbook, from which cornucopia the songs on this CD were selected. The translation process must have been meticulous. I gather it involved an original translation followed by reworking of the lyrics by Huub van der Lubbe, De Dijk's singer, and Burke himself. Some of the songs are indeed wordy but Solomon Burke comes up trumps.
Most importantly this is swinging stuff. "De Dijk rocks" as Solomon Burke himself claims. The title song, Hold On Tight, original title "Hou me vast" is followed by Rose Saved From The Street (Mijn van straat geredde roos) and What A Woman (Wat een vrouw) which last song features great boogie piano from Jools Holland. These are fine tunes, both smoochies and dance floor fillers. In fact this is quite a party record! Got To Be With You ( Ik kan het niet alleen) is the best of the up tempo numbers with great New Orleans type brass riffs. Text me is an original new Burke composition.
Strange that in this anglocentric world this CD is not thought worthy of UK distribution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paul snelders on 5 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
As a big fan of Solomon Burke and of 'De Dijk', the best rock and soul band of the Netherlands, I was surprised of this cooperation. Every fan of this kind of music should listen to this album, or even better buy it. On the album are classic songs of De Dijk, normally with a dutch text, but specially translated for this cooperation; newly played by De Dijk and sung by Solomon. Perfect match of the best Rock and Soul band outside of the US (why else would Solomon make a record with them), with the last living Soul Legend (at the time of recording :-( ). I had tickets for their concert in Amsterdam, but probably you know the story.
So listen and buy it!
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I've been a fan of the Dijk for almost 30 years, and have always been frustrated when sharing their fantastic songs with non-dutch speakers. Event though most appreciated the songs, its hard to really get into music of which you dont understand the words.
This album with Solomon Burke does the music all the justice it deserves. Burke is of course a superb singer, and the band shows that it has been playing together for 30 years or more.
It's at times hard to pigeonhole this music - it's souly, bluesy, swingy..... There are some slow and thoughtful songs, and smoking sizzlers like Text Me that can definitely get the party going.

All in all I am just very happy to finally be able to let my friends hear music of The Dijk. In those cases where i did, the enthousiasm was shared. This is a record that will keep on selling for years based on recommendations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Facotti on 8 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This, the last album from the King of Soul, Solomon Burke, like his penultimate effort with Willie Mitchell, has the King in typically impeccable voice with material that just doesn't fit as well as it could - the melodies are missing, the songs are undistinguished - where are the hooks? Unlike his outings with Swamp Dogg and Joe Henry, the band and the King do not gel - even with Mr. Holland present. The band, De Dijk, is more than competent musically but is more jazz/swing and a bit more eclectic in style - more World Music than soul and is in no way - despite the views of the other reviewer - comparable with the Wexler Atlantic, Stax, Hi, Muscle Shoals and Criteria house bands. The pianist is very reminiscent of Randy Newman - which is no bad thing - but there is no Booker T, no Mike Utley, no Eddie Hinton, no Charlie Freeman, no Al Jackson, no Memphis Horns. In actual fact, the horns are flat and do not play well together - background filler noise rather that the Andrew Love/Wayne Jackson legacy, De Dijk as a band have no recognizable musical personality - no "soul" DNA. While I've loved Solomon's music since "Down in The Valley" and had the honor and pleasure of seeing him in Basel in 1986, this set does not compare with "Don't Give up On Me" or his Atlantic outings which I will now return to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not a strange combination but a perfect one 22 Mar. 2011
By biltmans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Solomon Burke passed away at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam on Sunday 10th October 2010. He was on his way to an appearance at the City's Paradiso Concert Hall to launch this CD. The album in question, the last to come out during Burke's lifetime, teams him up with Dutch band "De DIjk"
This review is an updated version of one I posted on Amazon UK back then. I bought the imported original CD immediately upon its release .
Solomon Burke singing with a band from cloggy land : a strange combination perhaps? Even this reviewer, who hails from Holland was not familiar with the group. I did however find out that "De Dijk" have been going for some 30 years and can rank with the best instrumentalists in the business; Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Al Jackson, Booker T, the Memphis Horns, the Meters , they would not have done a better job. A fellow reviewer thought De Dijk were "more World Music than soul". I would prefer to say that a more European sensibility greatly improved this "recipe for soul"
In its 30 years on the road, De Dijk amassed an extensive songbook, from which cornucopia the songs on this CD were selected. The translation process must have been meticulous. I gather it involved an original translation followed by reworking of the lyrics by Huub van der Lubbe, De Dijk's singer, and Burke himself. Some of the songs are indeed wordy but Solomon Burke comes up trumps.
Don't get me wrong though; this is still swinging stuff. "De Dijk rocks" as Solomon Burke himself claims. The title song, Hold On Tight, original title "Hou me vast" is followed by Rose Saved From The Street (Mijn van straat geredde roos) and What A Woman (Wat een vrouw) which last song features great boogie piano from Jools Holland. These are fine tunes, both smoochies and dance floor fillers. In fact HMT is quite a party record! Got To Be With You ( Ik kan het niet alleen) is the best of the up tempo numbers with great New Orleans type brass riffs. Text me is an original new Burke composition.
It is strange that in this anglocentric world this CD only reaches the US 5 months after its original release in Holland.
Perfect Song (Dat zou mooi zijn)is the last and best song of this collection I think. A social commentary song in the traditon of "A Change is Gonna Come" , it features beautiful piano and guitar work and Solomon's phrasing, compassion and tenderness shining through, is as always fantastic. The song could be his epitah; let me paraphrase : if you could write a song that could change the world for the better, I'd write a dozen. You can't change the world with a song perhaps, but you can damn well try. Solomon tried, didn't he try?
After 5 months of listening , I like this more and more.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Hold On Tight" A Fitting Finale For Legendary Singer 28 Mar. 2011
By Anthony G Pizza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Solomon Burke's last album titles spoke of perseverance and resilience: "Don't Give Up On Me," "Make Do With What You Got," "Nothing's Impossible." Each provided key pieces toward rebuilding not only his own rock and soul kingdom but preserving classic R&B's spirit, which bubbles up only in fragments and samples in a hip-hop dominated music scene. (Not that this genre totally neglected its forefathers. The top-selling Roots recorded a well-received 1970s covers set with John Legend, and planned to record with Burke before his death.)

"Hold On Tight," King Solomon's final album recorded with the Dutch group De Dejk, is historic for its story, let alone its music. Burke recorded with the band after performing with them in 2007, and died while flying to Amsterdam to perform a sold-out show with them. Their punchy, polished rock, soul and blues mix, honed over 30 years, recalls Van Morrison's and early Chicago's best work in those genres. It matched Solomon's voice perfectly, with band and singer simpatico throughout.

Unlike the big ersatz-Memphis soul weighing down some Burke songs, De Dejk waves its horns and fills its guitars lightly between Burke's vocals on the tragicomic "Good For Nothing" and the band original "Text Me," where Solomon's pained yet commanding vocals ("Text me, text me baby, text me right away...") leverage timeless yearning with new technology. (Were Burke's label, Verve Forecast, so inclined this could be his criminally overdue hit single.)

It's fashionable, even cliche', to find messages in an artist's posthumous albums or songs, especially in the R&B genre Burke ruled. His friend Sam Cooke gifted us with "A Change Is Gonna Come," his Atlantic labelmate Otis Redding recorded the peaceful "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay," days before a plane crash ended his life. It's hard not reading some of the spirit, if not drama, of those finales in Burke's "Perfect Song"when he sings: "If there'd be a song to make the soldiers drop their guns, make the sun shine on the ones hurt by violence and crime...soothe the souls who have to suffer for the lives that just got tougher..." Knowing the songs which built Burke's legend, including "Cry To Me," "Proud Mary," "If You Need Me," even the more recent "We Don't Need It" is knowing he spent 50 years of his life finding and singing those songs.

Hold on tight, indeed. Solomon Burke may no longer be among us but left a legacy of love and music, closing with this sturdy, warm finale. Essential for Burke's fans; for De Dijk (which translates to "The Dike") here's hoping it's at least a minor breakthrough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally international 29 Mar. 2011
By Stefan Kolle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
(This is a copy of the review done on Amazon UK, where I bought this CD)
I've been a fan of the Dijk for almost 30 years, and have always been frustrated when sharing their fantastic songs with non-dutch speakers. Event though most appreciated the songs, its hard to really get into music of which you dont understand the words.
This album with Solomon Burke does the music all the justice it deserves. Burke is of course a superb singer, and the band shows that it has been playing together for 30 years or more.
It's at times hard to pigeonhole this music - it's souly, bluesy, swingy..... There are some slow and thoughtful songs, and smoking sizzlers like Text Me that can definitely get the party going.

All in all I am just very happy to finally be able to let my friends hear music of The Dijk. In those cases where i did, the enthousiasm was shared. This is a record that will keep on selling for years based on recommendations.
King of Soul 5 Dec. 2013
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The King of Soul's last CD. Many beautiful songs and lyrics that only Solomon could give special meaning. Rest in peace, we all miss you.
a surprisingly good combination 11 Feb. 2012
By R. de Veer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Solomon Burke live at The Hague Jazz in '09 and his performance was, well, `captivating'. Literally sitting on his throne, singing his soul songs with such natural ease and intensity, it was one of those moments that somehow just stay with you where other memories fade. I'd lost track of him afterwards, but when he died on his way to a show in Amsterdam to perform his latest album with the Dijk, it was all over the news here and recalling the live show I decided to pick up a copy of the album. De Dijk is a band that has been around forever in Holland and while I can't say I own any of their records, I've been familiar with their songs for years. They are a quality band, with a respectable number of hit songs under their belt, but somehow I never figured them as a soul band. Hearing the combination with Burke though, it is instantly obvious what their roots are. It's an exceptional match.

The songs on this record are practically all reworked versions of pre-existing De Dijk songs, and with Burke at the helm, the result is simply beautiful. The album is not exactly groundbreaking, but it is has no such pretentions and is just thoroughly enjoyable. The near perfect mix of American soul and blues with European Jacques Brel chanson-like sensibility should appeal to many, so if you are into that kind of music, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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