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They say when the death of a statesman or famous musician is announced people always remember where they were when they heard the news. It was on the morning of 10th October 2010 that I having just woken up browsed Twitter on my phone and noticed his name trending and read that he had died at Schipol Airport in Amsterdam. Solomon Burke was 70 years old and was due to perform in Amsterdam on the Tuesday. I have been a fan of his for around 8 years and had just posted a review of one of his albums two days before his death.
Just months before his death Burke released what would become his last solo studio album of his life. The first posthumous release will be an album which he recorded with Dutch Soul band De Dijk and will be released later this year. Nothing's Impossible saw the belated debut of working with record producer Willie Mitchell who sadly died a couple of months before the record was released in July 2010.
1.) Oh What A Feeling
This is a really beautiful opening, It's very soulful mood really adds to the emotion of the song. This track is about the way you feel when you are in Love and nothing else matters but you and your partner together. Solomon's vocals are remarkably brilliant for someone aged 70. Still had the verve, vigour and grace that he had all of his career. The gentle string background gives a perfect platform for his emotive vocals to come through.
2.) Everything About You
This is a Jazzy mid tempo track which sees Solomon in a confident crooner mode. This track features a fantastic horn section and some great sax moments. This is one of the catchiest songs on the album and shows not just his variety but also the range of Soul. This is about more than just his voice as he lets his musicians show off their talents which Is great to hear. Good stuff.
This is a beautifully laid back moment, The gentle strings and mellow drums really compliment Solomon's soft vocal. This is a really emotive song about loving a woman who has been hurt in a previous relationship and is a little wary of finding someone new. This is one of the most emotive tracks on the album and it's performed wonderfully by Solomon and also by the Musicians.
4.) Nothing Is Impossible
This is the title track from the album and is another excellent moment from the album, It reminds me of the material on his "Make do with what you got" album which was released after Don't Give Up On Me. I like the way this song develops and Solomon moves through the vocals. An excellent song which is very good to listen to.
5.) It Must Be Love
This is a pure slice of Classic Soul, It's a track dripping with emotion and sung just wonderfully by Solomon. Willie Mitchell does a fine job with this one in particular. This could easily be one of Solomon Burke's classic hits from the 70s. One of the best songs on the album and one I am sure fans will love.
6.) You Needed Me
This is a cover version of Anne Murray's You Needed Me which was also covered by Boyzone. I much prefer Solomon Burke's version. Although it's not as good as some of the tracks on here it's still a worthwile version which is far better than either versions I have mentioned. Solomon's natural vocals make this song sound so easy to sing.
7.) Say you love me too
This is a lovely ballad about the things you go through when wondering whether someone still loves you. This is a common issue in relationships and therefore a very emotive issue. The string background and gentle drums really add to the overall feel of this track. It's a really excellent ballad about trying to mend a relationship that looks doomed to end.
8.) You're not alone
This is the funky end of Soul. Solomon starts off with a laid back vocal which sounds effortless and with the progression of the music he moves gradually through the lyrics until his vocals get strong and louder. This is another very good track indeed and an excellent example of building a song.
9.) New Company
This is another track which Willie Mitchell has done wonders on, This is another track taken from the late 60s/early 70s. Solomon again showcases his effortless vocals backed by some wonderful parts from the horn section. This track might be a grower for some but I urge you to stick at it and listen as you will get to love it.
10.) When you're not here
This is another wonderful track, It features a fabulous mix of horn section and strings and this gives it a fantastic emotive quality. This is one of the best ballads on the album and a fantastic chance for Solomon Burke to showcase his amazing vocal performance. This is A fabulous track all round which shows the difference when someone is no longer with you and how you miss them not being there.
11.) You got me where you want me
Another fantastic track. This again sees Solomon Burke's effortless vocals with a laid back feel. The string section in the background really works well and in the middle there is an amazing sax solo which just tops off the emotion dripping off this song. This is one of the best tracks on the album. No question.
12.) I'm Leavin
This would have to be the last track, It's almost eerie with lyrics like "My bags are packed, don't know where to, I love you so, Don't wanna go but I can't stay here with you". A very emotive track given more poignancy given recent events. This is an excellent track to end on and is one of the best tracks on the album for sure.
This is a classic album from Solomon Burke and one which will live long in my memory given recent events. Given that he was 70 years old This just shows that class is permanent. Buy this not because he has recently died and it's his last album but buy it because it's a great album. This continued one of the greatest comebacks in Music History since 2002s fantastic "Don't Give Up On Me" he has released several critically acclaimed albums. This is one too. If only he'd worked with Willie Mitchell sooner.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Oh What A Feeling
2 Everything About You
4 Nothing Is Impossible
5 It Must Be Love
6 You Needed Me
7 Say You Love Me Too
8 You're Not Alone
9 New Company
10 When You're Not Here
11 Error Of My Ways, The
12 I'm Leaving