Solomon Burke – Rock ‘N’ Soul (1964)

Rock ‘n Soul is a 1964 studio album by Grammy Award winning musician Solomon Burke. The album contained seven top 100 hits. Originally released on LP on Atlantic Records, #5009, in November 1964, it was subsequently reissued in March, 1997, on the Sequel Records imprint, #RSACD 861. The album was also reissued in 1998 on the Collectables Records label in conjunction with a June, 1963, Burke album as If You Need Me/Rock ‘n’ Soul

The album’s title refers to Burke’s rank as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul”, a label Burke embraced because of the interconnectedness of the musical forms of rock and roll and soul music, telling Jet in 1963 that “without soul, there’d be no rock, and without rock, there’d be no soul.” He was also uncomfortable being associated with rhythm and blues, which he believed had “a stigma of profanity”, because of his clean lifestyle and strong spiritual beliefs. Burke’s coronation as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul” at the Royal Theatre in Baltimore was reported in Jet in January, 1964

Track Listing

“Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)” (Wes Farrell, Bert Russell) – 3:16
“Cry to Me” (Bert Russell) – 2:27
“Won’t You Give Him (One More Chance)” (Joseph Martin, Winfield Scott) – 2:31
“If You Need Me” (Robert Bateman, Wilson Pickett, Sonny Sanders) – 2:29
“Hard, Ain’t It Hard” (Woody Guthrie)[10][12] – 2:45
“Can’t Nobody Love You” (James Mitchell) – 2:30
“Just Out of Reach” (Virgil Stewart) – 2:46
“You’re Good for Me” (Don Covay, Horace Ott) – 2:45
“You Can’t Love Them All” (Bert Berns, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Nugetre) – 2:40
“Someone to Love Me” (Sonny Burke) – 2:59
“Beautiful Brown Eyes” (Sonny Burke, Bert Russell) – 3:42
“He’ll Have to Go” (Audrey Allison, Joe Allison) – 3:16

Review: Solomon Burke’s first album for Atlantic Records features three bona fide hits and other treats done as only the soulful, preaching singer with croon-ability can. He defies pigeonholing. Nobody ever talks of what range Burke sings in because it doesn’t matter. Like Michael Jordan or Allen Iverson on the basketball court, Burke makes you feel like he’s capable of anything and everything in the studio. — Andrew Hamilton

Schill Score: 8/10

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