Solomon Burke

I Wish I Knew/King Solomon

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