01 March 2008

"None of Us Are Free", Solomon Burke / The Blind Boys of Alabama


Solomon Burke - None of Us Are Free (featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama) (2002)

I've heard Solomon Burke, one of Atlantic Records early recording artists (first release on Atlantic, 1962), described as the best classic soul singer ever. Here he joins forces with a world class vocal harmony group, The Blind Boys of Alabama. The result is an anthemic protest hymn as powerful as any you'll ever hear.

None of Us Are Free is from a more recent Burke album, Don't Give Up On Me -- one with impeccable credentials. As Wikipedia put it, "[Burke's] career was to some degree revived in 2002, with the release of [this album.] ... [H]e sang songs written specifically for the album by various top-rank artists, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits." None Of Us Are Free was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Brenda Russell. The finished product is an example of what's still right with popular music.

Thanks to my colleague at Carnal Reason for turning me on this great track.

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