Vinyl LP Record [2LP]
This magnificent album, destined to be an all-time essential in any library of classic soul, is a bittersweet triumph. On one hand, it marks the 70th birthday year of Solomon Burke, who ranks with the very greatest R&B immortals; on the other, it's the final full album produced by another soul legend, producer Willie Mitchell, the Memphis architect of the Hi Records sound and the man behind everlasting hits by Al Green, Ann Peebles, and so many others. Willie Mitchell died on January 5, 2010. NOTHINGS IMPOSSIBLE delivers a dozen tracks of timeless soul magic in the purest Memphis style with the deepest Southern roots. Yet theres not the slightest whiff of nostalgia about the project. Solomon Burkes voice is full-strength, and Willie Mitchells arrangements flourish in the Hi-style: tight, right horns; rock solid kick drums and mellow bass; country guitar fills, and the sweetest string arrangements to enhance the romance and the heartbreak of these amazing songs. On his 60s singles for Atlantic, Burke brought a country influence into R&B with emotional phrasing and deeply powerful melodic ballads and mid tempo songs. His combination of gospel, pop, country, and production polish was basic to the recipe of early soul. And now, in this sublime collaboration with a master producer, Solomon Burke has written another chapter in this unsurpassed body of work. When it comes to real soul music, Solomon and the late Willie Mitchell have once again proven that NOTHINGS IMPOSSIBLE.