Salomon Burke – Montreux Jazz Festival (2005)

FrontCover1With his imposing bear-like build and his honey voice oscillating between strength and sensibility, Solomon Burke (1940-2010) is one of the Soul Legends. If he has never been as popular as the likes of Ray Charles, he remains, nonetheless, one of the most remarkable singers of the genre, the composer of hits as “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” and “Got To Get You Off My Mind”. After a long period out of the public eye, the Los Angeles preacher did a comeback in 2002 with Don’t Give Up To Me, an album tailor-made by his admirers, from Tom Waits to Brian Wilson. –

Thanks to tst, who recorded and edited the show; SuperMax who shared the tracks on the net in 2005; and to tp for the artwork.

SuperMax also noted: “I reckoned a little shot of SOULomon woud do no one no harm… I have seen and heard many shows from Solomon in the past few years. The energy is always the same, and his ability to control the crowd is probably unique. Just like his incredible vocal abilities. Give me another shot Solomon!”

Recorded live at the Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux, Switzerland; July 4, 2005
Good to very good FM broadcast.

Tony Austin (drums)
Diego Borotti (saxophone)
Candy Burke (vocals)
Solomon Burke (vocals)
Solomon Burke Junior (vocals)
Rudy Copeland (keyboards)
Elliot Morris Deutsch (trumpet)
Brett Collin Farkas (guitar)
Joseph Kalet (saxophone, harmonica)
Josh Lampkins (trombone)
Sophia Burke Perez (background vocals)
Pierre Vallero (saxophone)
Carle Wayne Vickers (trumpet, saxophone)


01. I Need Your Love In My Life (Montoya/Steen) 3.28
02. Always Keep A Diamond In Your Mind (Waitts) 4.18
03. Cry To Me (Russell) 2.40
04. Georgia On My Mind (Carmichael/Gorrell 4.43
05. Got To Get You Off Of My Mind/Having A Party (Burke/Cooke) 5.48
06. Only You (Ram) 3.57
07. Proud Mary (Fogerty) 3.40
08. Don’t Give Up On Me (Penn/Whitsett/Lindsey) 4.42
09. Soul Searching (Gorrie/Stuart) 4.31
10. Try A Little Tenderness (Campbell/Connelly/Woods,) 6.28
11. I Will Survive (Perren/Fekaris) 3.00
12. Wonderful World (Cooke/Alpert/Adler) 4.26
13. Soul Medley I: 4.25
– If You Need Me (Pickett)
– You’re Good For Me (Covay/Ott)
– I Can’t Stop Loving You(Gibson) 4.25
14. Soul Medley II: 2.47
–  Sittin’ At The Dock Of The Bay (Redding/Cropper)
– Fafafafafa (Sad Song) (Redding/Cropper)
– Stand By Me (King/Leiber/Stoller)
– Spanish Harlem(Leiber/Spector)
15. A Rose Is Just A Rose (unknown) 1.41
16. Rock’n’Roll Medley: 3.28
– Long Tall Sally (Blackwell/Johnson/Penniman)
– Lucille (Collins/Penniman)
– Shake Rattle And Roll (Calhoun)
– Tutti Frutti (Penniman/LaBostrie)