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In theory this should have been great, but .......
on 9 May 2010
Burke teams up with the legendary Willie Mitchell here. Apparently, Mitchell had been after him for more than thirty years but, so Burke says : "Jerry Wexler prevented it". So on paper this would have been an ideal partnership. For me it weas reason enough to buy this after having heard only one track : Anne Murray's "You Needed Me". That fine song is given a splendid here.
On the whole though it seems too little too late. Burke's age (and girth?)is beginnig to show in his voice. And whilst Mitchell's arrangements and production cannot be faulted, the choice of material could have been better. The Anne Murray song was a good choice, but why were not more classics picked or a groovy up tempo belter? Is the big man not up to those anymore?
You're not Alone and The Error of my Ways are two other good songs. The latter in particular proves an early Atlantic, late at night bluesy Ray Charles sort of thing.
Amazon doesn't allow me to give half points so, as a long time Solomon Burke fan I rounded this up to three.
Let us hope there is still more to come. I'd say Buke should go back to his roots, lay off the touring and find his own Rick Rubin.