Friday, October 12, 2007
Solomon's Southern Soul
Solomon Burke - Uptight Good Woman
After Solomon Burke's tenure with Atlantic ended in 1968, the "King of Rock 'n' Soul" moved on to Bell Records, where he would record for a couple of years before beginning a nomadic '70s stretch where his records would come out on MGM, ABC, Chess, Amherst and Infinity. The Bell material, although not as commercially successful as his prior work, was very good, as Solomon explored his rootsier side, where his very first Atlantic sides had come before Bert Berns polished him up somewhat. Today's selection was the male counterpart to Laura Lee's "Uptight Good Man" (the follow up to "Dirty Man"), and Burke works his usual magic with the Penn-Oldham tune. Speaking of the two writers, if you are members of the Yahoo! group "southernsoul" (and if not, you need to do so right away), you should check out the MP3 that FAME Studios' Rodney Hall provided of Dann Penn and Spooner Oldham doing a demo of the song. It's pretty powerful stuff!