By the time they split, young Solomon was already a coveted talent, with many record record companies looking to pounce. In the end he signed with Apollo in , issuing his first record Christmas Presents perhaps a little unwisely on Christmas Eve of the same year. Between and the end of the decade Burke almost gave up on his dreams. Problems with his manager Kae Williams over unpaid royalties meant he was effectively prevented from working in music.
Because of this he enrolled in college in order to study for a new career. In he had the chance to put his past behind him when offered a contract by the Singular record company. The session he undertook for the label in the winter of only saw release later, but brought him to the attention of larger concerns.
Burke signed to Atlantic Records in at what was an opportune time for both him and the label. Atlantic had recently lost some of their big names in blues so needed someone to bolster their roster and their big-time set up would be able to push Solomon to new heights. The first disc here kicks off with the three tracks cut for Singular from that November session.
From there on in he had a run of medium-sized successes to the end of the decade, when things started to tail off. By the middle of this first disc Solomon had really found his feet, perfectly voicing a fair range of material in a confident and passionate manner. Down The Valley, later covered by Otis Redding, even has some proto-freak guitar, an instrument Solomon clearly favoured as it features as lead on a lot of his s work.
As we go on further in this set to disc two, we reach the mids when Solomon Burke was at his prime. The much-covered Everybody Needs Somebody is here, but this is the original of a song Burke claimed to have written himself it is credited to Solomon, Jerry Wexler and Bert Berns.
Not a huge hit, but this take is performed with a subtlety lost in the many other versions. Though the final disc here catches Solomon as his commercial profile was beginning to dip in when a few of his singles missed the charts altogether, this is still an eminently pleasing collection.
He has another go at a yuletide record with Presents For Christmas, which as you might imagine comes complete with sleigh bells and an impassioned vocal. Apart from his solo recordings Solomon also found time to issue a single as part of the Soul Clan — a glittering array of talent that also featured Joe Tex, Arthur Conley, Ben E. King and Don Covay. Both are included and hugely enjoyable. By this time his health was a major concern.
He struggled with his weight from his youth and by he was wheelchair-bound. He died two years later on 10th October His backing band on these records was often stuffed with legends like saxophonist King Curtis and Bobby Womack, ensuring a vivid landscape for his soulful and perfectly judged vocal performances. The songs he was furnished with were first-rate, plus he himself was no mean tunesmith too.
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