Solomon Burke Soul Alive 1981

Soul Alive is a highly regarded live album by soul singer Solomon Burke.

It was recorded at the Phoenix 1 Club in Washington DC in 1981 and Burke is backed by by the Realtones.

Like Bobby Womack, he is another artist who should have received more attention as the world focused on Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye.

Solomon Burke Soul Alive

Solomon Burke Soul Alive

Set List

Disc 1:

  1. Introduction – 0:36
  2. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – 4:01
  3. Medley: If You Need Me/Tonight’s the Night/You’re Good For Me/I Almost Lost My Mind/What Am I Living For/Just Out of Reach – 12:12
  4. Medley: Monologue/Take Me (Just As I Am)/I Can’t Stop Loving You/Monologue/I Can’t Stop Loving You – 15:30
  5. Down In The Valley – 3:37
  6. Proud Mary – 3:26

Disc 2:

  1. Medley: Tonight’s the Night/Beautiful Brown Eyes/Just a Matter of Time – 6:25
  2. Medley: Monologue (The Women of Today)/Hold What You’ve Got/He’ll Have to Go – 10:12
  3. Cry To Me – 2:07
  4. Introduction to Encore / Gotta Get You Off My Mind (instrumental) – 1:06
  5. Medley: Meet Me in Church / The Price / Words / Monologue – 9:20
  6. Medley: You’re Good For Me / Send Me Some Lovin’ – 6:49
  7. Gotta Get You Off My Mind – 2:19
  8. Medley: Having a Party/Amen – 4:26

I will be writing a review.

Here is a video of Solomon Burke singing Everybody Needs Somebody To Love with The Rolling Stones.

And another of Solomon Burke on his own singing Cry To Me

What Other People Say About Soul Alive

This Solomon Burke live album has featured on several best ever live album lists:     33
Slate Readers Poll    32

It’s also very well liked by the reviewers at Amazon.


Buying Soul Alive by Solomon Burke

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