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Solomon Burke: Let Your Love Flow

Album Notes

Personnel: Solomon Burke (vocals); Bob Etoll (guitar); Bill Kurash, Carl Lamagna, Robert Konrad, Harry Hyams, David Turner, Rollice Dale, Alfred Breuning, Benton Banks, Robert Adcock (strings); William Collette, David Stout, Fred Jackson, Gary Grant, Oscar Brashear (horns); Swamp Dogg (piano, background vocals); William "Smitty" Smith (electric piano); Kenny Lewis (bass); Bennie Parks (drums); King Errisson (percussion); Georgetta Funches, Dianne Reeves (background vocals).

Recorded at Alpha Studios, Los Angeles, California; ABC Studios, Los Angeles, California.

LET YOUR LOVE FLOW finds Solomon Burke teamed with Swamp Dogg, aka Jerry Williams, in an orgy of clavinets, swirling strings, and flying hi-hats that are the indelible mark of a late-'70s R&B production. Burke comes out surprisingly well, sounding as energetic and soulful as ever. The material, mostly penned by Williams, is never less than worthy of the King Of Rock & Soul's talents.

"The More" is a deep soul excursion through Al Green territory that finds Burke backed by an accordingly Memphis-sounding rhythm section, and "Sidewalks, Fences and Walls" is a slow, regretful childhood reminiscence that Burke invests with more emotion than it perhaps deserves. Mostly, though, LET YOUR LOVE FLOW is an exercise in updating Solomon Burke to the norms of late-'70s disco-influenced R&B. Whether such renovations were ever necessary is questionable, but Burke's talent proves invulnerable to stylistic alterations.


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