Album of the Day
Rock 'N Soul
Jet magazine was right on the money when it called Solomon Burke the “King of Rock 'n' Soul” in January, 1964. The Philadelphia-born singer's debut album for Atlantic Records was released later that year and features rock, soul and even a little swamp pop, all sung in an inimitable voice that garnered Burke such admirers as The Rolling Stones. The set is sort of a “best-of” collection of his work going back almost three years, and most of its dozen tracks reached the Billboard Top 100 singles chart, including hits like “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms),” “Cry to Me” and "If You Need Me.” Twenty years ago, this was declared “Solomon Burke Day” in Philadelphia but the outstanding ROCK ‘N SOUL is a monument to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere.