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Rock - Released October 16, 2007 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released July 24, 2012 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released April 19, 2007 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released April 19, 2007 | Rhino

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Rock - Released April 19, 2007 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released April 26, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released September 20, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released April 26, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released September 20, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Blues - Released February 19, 2008 | Anti - Epitaph

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Rock - Released December 15, 2009 | Rhino Atlantic

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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Universal Music, a division of Universal International Music BV

Of the great soul singers of the 1960s, Solomon Burke was one of the few whose talent and power to compelled an audience never dimmed with the passage of time; if the larger audience overlooked his music through much of the '70s and '80s, and he wasn't always paired with songwriters or producers who knew what to do with his instrument, Burke himself remained The King of Rock & Soul, an artist whose music spoke powerfully with heart and soul whenever he raised his voice. Burke's mighty voice was finally silenced by his passing in October 2010, but it should come as no great surprise that the last album he finished before his death confirmed he was in full command of his talents right up to the end. What is somewhat surprising are his collaborators on his final project. De Dijk, a veteran Dutch rock and R&B band, are little known in America but they're stars in the Netherlands, and they struck up a friendship with Burke when their paths crossed on tour in 2007. The 12 songs on Hold on Tight were adapted from tunes in De Dijk's back catalog, with Burke helping to translate the lyrics into English, and lead singer Huub van der Lubbe moving over to acoustic guitar for the duration of the sessions. The strength of Burke's performance is not unexpected, but De Dijk turned out to be an inspired musical match: the band's robust fusion of classic soul and bluesy hard rock swings hard and Burke's vocals roll right along with them, filling in the spaces in the arrangements and adding a powerful shot of gospel-inspired fervor to the swagger of the guitars and horns. The melodies are clearly influenced by the structures of classic soul with an added energetic punch, and if the sound is something different from the stuff of Burke's heyday, it's close enough to give him the right platform for his declamatory style. Also, the musicians sound like a real band, intuitive and understanding the push and pull of the music, and Burke sounds like he's having a grand time working within their formula. Hold on Tight isn't revelatory like Burke's 2002 "comeback" set Don't Give Up on Me, or his 2006 pairing with Buddy Miller, Nashville, and it's not a latter-day soul masterpiece like his collaboration with Willie Mitchell, 2010's Nothing's Impossible. But it's a stronger and more satisfying piece of work than most of his other post-millennial albums, and it's the closest thing he managed to a truly effective rock & roll collaboration; it's an impressive finale to a genuinely remarkable career. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Soul - Released July 16, 2000 | Legacy Recordings

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Rock - Released October 30, 2007 | Rhino Atlantic

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Soul - Released January 1, 2005 | Shout Factory

Solomon Burke could probably sing the want ads from last week's paper and make them sound powerfully soulful, but he had an easier task on this album, in which he adapted a dozen classic blues numbers to his epic-scale R&B style. Burke would probably have preferred livelier material than much of what he gets on Soul of the Blues, especially "Sufferin' Mind" and "Candy," which almost give the man a bit more room to stretch out than he needs, and while the arrangements on this set are ambitious and full-bodied, they're also founded on a lot of contemporary blues clichés and sometimes lack the drama and punch Burke deserves. But no one has ever accused Burke of not knowing how to sell a song, and the man is in typically superb form here; he sounds nothing less than joyous as he rolls through "Good Rockin' Tonight," he brings a potent and powerful gospel undertow to "Letter from My Darling," and he all but steals "Pledging My Love" away from Johnny Ace. Soul of the Blues captures the sound of Solomon Burke dipping his toes in a traditional blues style with the passion and conviction he always brings to his music, and it's a fascinating side trip for one of soul's greatest voices; if there are minor flaws in the production and arrangements, that has nothing to do with the glory of Burke's voice. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Country - Released January 1, 2006 | Shout Factory

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Rock - Released April 19, 2007 | Rhino Atlantic

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R&B - Released January 1, 2013 | Eagle Rock - Eagle Records

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Rock - Released September 20, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Rock - Released July 3, 2012 | Rhino Atlantic