January 29 street date. One of the leading architects of soul music, Solomon Burke was a huge influence over both rock and soul performers and the Rolling Stones covered several of his songs. This is the most comprehensive collection of his earliest recordings ever released and includes the A and B sides of two rare singles, 'You Don’t Send Me Anymore' & 'Honk Honk Honk' which were released under the name of Little Vincent. Also featured are his early Apollo recordings which until now have only been available on budget LPs in America plus his first hit 'Just out of Reach'. Fully detailed liner notes with biography and career achievements.
July 9 street date. Solomon Burke was one of the pioneers of Soul music in the late fifties and early sixties, blending R&B, Gospel and Blues to create a new and distinctive sound that would be the dominant force in black music through to the mid-seventies. Described by Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records as the greatest male soul singer of all time he had his greatest success in the first half of the sixties but carried on performing right up until his death in 2010. Solomon Burke played at Montreux several times in the 2000s and was always popular with the festival crowd. This performance from 2006 showcases his still magnificent voice, his humor and his spirituality on a selection of classic Soul, Gospel and Blues songs for the ultimate goodtime party! Line-Up: Solomon Burke (vocals); Sam Mayfield (lead guitar); Moyes Lucas (drums); Milard Jackson (keyboards); Jack Guitar (rhythm guitar); Stony Dixon (bass); Daniel Moretto (trumpet); Joshua Lempkins (trombone); Carl Vickers (trumpet, saxophone); Pierre Paolo Valero (alto saxophone); Kiana Reese (backing vocals); Candy Burke (backing vocals)
October 14 street date. Non-returnable. Solomon Burke was one of the pioneers of soul music, blending r&b, gospel and blues to create a new and distinctive sound that would be the dominant force in black music through to the mid-70s. Burkes greatest success was during the 60s, but he carried on performing up until his death in 2010, appearing at Montreux several times in the 2000s. This performance from 2006 showcases his magnificent voice, his humour and his spirituality on a lively selection of classic soul, gospel and blues songs. Features a selection of gospel, blues, r'n'b, country, rock 'n' roll and Burke's own soul classics, including 'Cry To Me', 'Down In The Valley' and 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' + 8 page booklet with liner notes by Dan Rabinovitz. Audio formats: PCM Stereo / 5.1 Dolby Digital / 5.1 DTS.
November 24 street date. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. The album Rock ‘n Soul was originally released in 1964 by Grammy Award winner Solomon Burke (†2010). 7 tracks ended up in Top 100 Billboard Hits at the time. “If You Need Me” went as high as #2 in the Black Singles Chart. This extraordinary album is not only soulful but a confirmationthat Burke is a genius when it comes to writing music and making it happen in a studio!
February 8 street date. If You Need Me is an early Solomon Burke album, named after its opening cut. It contains 12 songs he recorded during the period 1959-1962. Solomon’s legend was built upon this material, consisting of bluesy surroundings and country ballads. The single “If You Need Me” became a huge success, originally written and recorded by Wilson Pickett. Each song shows how he’s able to reach his audience in an emotional way. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
August 28 street date. This 3 CD SoulMusic Records' set celebrates the recordings that Solomon Burke made for the legendary Atlantic Records label between 1960 and 1968. Solomon is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest soul singers to emerge during the genre's golden days. He signed to Atlantic before "soul music" became a bona fide sub-genre of African-American music and it was Solomon who helped define this new movement and he was, in fact, one of the first artists to use "soul" to describe his music. He would eventually be known the world over as ‘The King of Rock and Soul’. His Atlantic recordings are presented in chronological order of recording across the three discs and each session is identified by date, location and all the musicians present are identified (where known). This celebratory definitive collection includes the content of all six of the LPs released during Solomon's tenure with Atlantic plus all non-album tracks for a total of 79 soulful cuts.