“Solomon Burke’s Greatest Hits” by Solomon Burke - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1962Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Atlantic quickly “counter-attacked” the preceding, opportunistic Apollo compilation LP release, by labelling Solomon’s debut album proper as a “Greatest Hits” set, hoping to win the battle for the dollar. Burke recorded thirty-two singles with Atlantic, most of which hit both the pop and R&B charts, so they had plenty to choose from. His second single for the label was the country offering, “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)”, which became his first charting single, reaching #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #7 on the R&B charts. The song also became Burke’s first million-seller. His next hit came with “Cry to Me”, which reached #5 on the R&B chart in 1962 and was described as being one of the first songs to mix country, R&B and gospel. After the release of “Cry to Me”, Burke was among one of the first of his peers to be referred to as a “soul artist”, a term which appeased him as he was never comfortable with the “dance with the devil” R n B tag nor the “god-fearing” gospel singer label.

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A1 [02:34] 5.8.png Solomon Burke - Down In The Valley (Solomon Burke Sr., Babe Chivian, Joseph C. Martin, Bert Russell) Soul
A2 [02:46] 5.8.png Solomon Burke - Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) (Virgil F. Stewart) Country
A3 [02:18] 4.5.png Solomon Burke - How Many Times (Solomon Burke Sr., Martin, Martin) Pop
A4 [02:07] 5.2.png Solomon Burke - Baby (I Wanna Be Loved) (Bert Russell, Mickey Lane) Pop
A5 [02:06] 4.3.png Solomon Burke - Gotta Travel On (Paul Clayton) Pop
A6 [02:24] 6.2.png Solomon Burke - Looking For My Baby (Solomon Burke Sr.) Pop
B1 [03:05] 7.0.png Solomon Burke - I’m Hanging Up My Heart For You (John Berry, Don Covay) Soul Ballad
B2 [02:32] 7.5.png Solomon Burke - Cry To Me (Bert Russell) Soul
B3 [02:19] 6.1.png Solomon Burke - I Almost Lost My Mind (Ivory Joe Hunter) Pop Ballad
B4 [02:39] 4.9.png Solomon Burke - A Tear Fell (Eugene Randolph, Dorian Burton) Pop Ballad
B5 [02:18] 5.7.png Solomon Burke - Be-Bop Grandma (Solomon Burke Sr., Dolores Burke) Rock n Roll / Rockabilly
B6 [02:03] 4.2.png Solomon Burke - Keep The Magic Working (Fred Tobias, Clint Ballard) Pop

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