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The Real Deal,
By A Customer
This review is from: Don't Give Up On Me (Audio CD)
Somewhere in your music collection you most likely have a Soul compilation. In all probability you will find a song on it called 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' by Solomon Burke. Well surprise, unlike most of the people on that compilation Solomon Burke is not dead and he is still a working Soul Man, and while some may feel that there isn't a crowd pleaser like 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' on the CD(although 'None of Us Are Free' comes pretty close), the album is filled with great songs by some of the best songwriters of the past century, which showcase a singer who not only has an incredible range, but is as equally at home doing a song by Tom Waits as he is one by Brian Wilson. We live in a time when the word 'great' is overused to the point of meaninglessness and unfortunately this applies particularly to what is written and said about music, but Solomon Burke is unqualifiedly a 'great singer' and this is an excellent album that deserves to outsell anything that has been in the charts for quite some time. If you've ever listened to that Soul compilation of yours and thought: "They don't make music like this anymore," then you need to get this album because 'they' just did. This is not to say that this is an exercise in nostalgia because it is not. This is a sophisticated album that shows that Burke has matured and developed with the course of time, despite being out of the gaze of the mainstream music media and record buying public for so long. This is not a modern record because of it's production (it was recorded live in a studio in four days), but because of the richness and variety of the material Burke makes his own. The songs are bound together by the soul of a man who knows how to give everything to a song, and does. This is the real deal.