The Definitive Soul Collection

The Definitive Soul Collection

Music CD - 2006
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Publisher: Burbank, CA : Rhino, p2006.
Branch Call Number: P
781.643 Bur
Characteristics: 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 14, 2015

This 2-disc set is very similar in content to the early "Home in Your Heart" collection. Spanning about a decade (early 60s to ealry 70s), this is a great compilation of a major soul singer who was sometimes overshadowed by contemporaries like Otis Redding (who connected more with a Rock audience) and Sam Cooke, who was a friend of us. "Down in the Valley" and "Cry to Me," which was covered by the Rolling Stones, were two of his biggest hits, but he had a deep catalog and there's not a bad song here, although the early 70s influence (pillowy strings, funky guitars) is evident on the later track "Midnight and You." Burke had a late career comeback with "Don't Give Up On Me," which feature songs written for him by Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan. He died in 2010 leaving behind a lot of classics songs and a lot of children.

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