Solomon Burke

I Wish I Knew/King Solomon

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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton

You get two for the price of one with this Solomon Burke combo. These 22 tracks come from some of R&B's best writers: Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, Bert Berns, Arthur Alexander, Allen Toussaint, Joe Tex, and others. Like Lionel Richie did later, Burke's songs should have crossed over and gained acceptance on country stations and charts. Solomon appeals to both genres, check out Mel Tillis' "Detroit City," the Staples' "It's Been a Change," "Time Is a Thief," Ivory Hunters' "Since I Met You Baby," and John Loudermilk's "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" -- all prime examples of R&B/country. Other gems include "Someone Is Watching" (a Burke, Eddie Floyd, Avertis Isabell composition), Don Covay's "Party People," Joe Tex's "Meet Me In Church," and Ray Charles' "What I Say."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Solomon Burke 02:09 Amazon
2 Solomon Burke 02:58 Amazon
3 Solomon Burke 02:41 Amazon
4 Solomon Burke 03:21 Amazon
5 Solomon Burke 03:17 Amazon
6 Solomon Burke 02:54 Amazon
7 Solomon Burke 02:50 Amazon
8 Solomon Burke 02:38 Amazon
9 Solomon Burke 02:37 Amazon
10 Solomon Burke 02:47 Amazon
11 Solomon Burke 02:45 Amazon
12 Solomon Burke 02:40 Amazon
13 Solomon Burke 02:50 Amazon
14 Solomon Burke 03:15 Amazon
15 Solomon Burke 03:26 Amazon
16 Solomon Burke 02:50 Amazon
17 Solomon Burke 03:10 Amazon
18 Solomon Burke 04:45 Amazon
19 Solomon Burke 03:40 Amazon
20 Solomon Burke 02:25 Amazon
21 Solomon Burke 02:30 Amazon
22 Solomon Burke 02:24 Amazon
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