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Rock 'N Soul

Solomon Burke

1964

Rock 'N Soul

Album Summary

Rock 'n Soul is a 1964 studio album by Grammy Award winning musician Solomon Burke. The album contained seven top 100 hits. Originally released on LP on Atlantic Records, #5009, in November 1964, it was subsequently reissued in March, 1997, on the Sequel Records imprint, #RSACD 861. The album was also reissued in 1998 on the Collectables Records label in conjunction with a June, 1963, Burke album as If You Need Me/Rock 'n' Soul.The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.38

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5839

Genres

  • Soul
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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

From purely a listening standpoint this album is a real joy. Burke's voice is clear, articulate, and soulful. If you're a fan of R&B or soul this album is probably already at the top of your list. Adding in the historical context, that Burke was one of the founding fathers of soul, makes this album even more impressive as you realize that he was forging a new sound.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

“Rock ‘n Soul” by Solomon Burke (1964) This guy has a great voice. Excellent control and timbre across his considerable range. Better rock than Elvis; better soul than James Brown. As an album, however, it lacks variety and has a rather monotonous arrangement of backing vocals and instrumentals. A good album, for its historical value if nothing else. 3/5

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Tue May 31 2022
5

Wow what a voice, smooth and silky one minute, rough and ready the next. I loved the punchy mono sound (would love to listen to this on vinyl). The songs are simple and the backing is fairly sparse yet full sounding; the typical 'dry' Atlantic sound, which I love. Back in their copycat days the Rolling Stones covered two tracks from this album (Cry to Me and If You Need Me) so you can see how influential it was. It's a bit old fashioned sounding, but who gives a damn when it sounds this good. Not much to fault, so it's easily a 5 star for me.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

Who knew? Solid songwriting for the era. Hidden gem lost in the shadow of other Atlantic Stax superstars. He should have been bigger.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Hooray! Some soul! I didn't think I knew this guy but once it started I recognized Cry to Me from that one scene in Dirty Dancing. You know the one. I also know He'll Have to Go but I'm thinking that maybe I really just know the first line, "Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone," from a TV ad for one of those compilation records in the 70s. (And maybe not this version. Maybe Elvis?) I really like this! Sexy, bluesy, lots of yearning. So glad to be introduced to it.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

I can forget that this style made it deeply into the 60s, and heavily influenced what followed in pop. Always down for this kind of thing.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

I'm really digging a lot of the stuff on this list from the 50's. I could play this stuff all day in the house. Soothing, classic sounds can permeate these walls anytime.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

great sound although upon first listening you may not guess it is a 60's album but a 50's. alt least that was my impression.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

This is basically an Elvis album. I can see how this is a bridge into R&B but I'm just bored

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Tue Feb 22 2022
2

Es gibt hier so einen Sender, Bayern 1, da werden den ganzen Tag alte Lieder gespielt. Da kann ich mir das gut vorstellen als ein Album was sich perfekt in den langweiligen Hintergrund einfügt.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
2

das ist schlager für amis

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

So soulful. Great gem.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Great Rock n' Soul Album!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

13 januari

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Baller

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

You're Good For Me -- Excellent song!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

Great finding!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Canela en rama

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Genial

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Buen álbum, artista que no conocía

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Perfect vibes

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Was a great listen for a monday

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Just a lil something for your soul

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Weak for soul

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Light rock for some songs, soul vibes for others. Late night listen for sure.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Great album!

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Great vintage soul.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

una joyita

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Ik geeft het toe, ik ben een liefhebber van soul (en dan vooral de Motown sound) maar had nog nooit van Solomon Burke gehoord. Hij is dus van hetzelfde label als bekende artiesten als The Drifters, Percy Sledge en Aretha Franklin. Voor mij springt dit album er niet echt uit. Er zijn geen nummers die me echt heel erg raken. De composities swingen gewoon niet genoeg of zo? Je hoort soms wel nog wat invloeden uit de jaren '50 wat het wel weer bijzonder maakt. Neemt niet weg dat het gewoon een steengoed album is verder. Solomon is een artiest waar je wel zeker meer van moet luisteren, zoals het album dat samen met de band De Dijk is gemaakt (bedankt Roel voor de tip). Van het album "Rock 'n Soul" is het nummer "Hard, Ain't It Hard" een van de lekkerste nummers, maar "If You Need Me" gaat er na een tijdje ook wel bovenuit steken. Voor mij zijn er echter betere nummers op andere albums, zoals "I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)" #kippenvel en "What A Woman" dat dus gewoon een verbeterde versie van het Nederlandstalige nummer is.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

What a fantastic album. Loved it

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

mmmm very rock and soul passed by quick, there wasnt any one song i felt i wanted to skip. it was all very stimulating to my ears 5/5 maybe??

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Loved it!! Beautiful R&B album. Never listened to this geezer before, so I'll definitely check out more of his craft.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

that album was amazing 10/10 I like Fats Domino more but this album is still great

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

If you want that album that stokes that fire of romantic angst, the kind that endears you to the lady who chose you but took her sweet time doing so, then this album is for you. If you want that album that provokes that romantic angst whilst in pursuit of the lady you love, but things haven't developed as you hoped they would, and you don't know why but are insistent they should, then this album is for you, but you might also want to think about moving on. If you want that album that reminds you of how decisive and successful you were in landing the woman of your dreams, then this is the album for you. If you are at a 50s and 60s diner and there's a jukebox, then this album is for you. If you want to relive the late night informercials of those classic love songs of the 60s, then this album is for you. Solomon Burke has the incredible voice of a crooner, with gospel fervor. The album is aptly titled 'Rock 'n Soul' as the vocals and lyrics are very much what we would expect from soul, but the music while not quite less 'soul' seemed more inclusive of 'rock'. This listener knows a lot of little things from this era of music, mostly from movies and pop culture, and the experience with 'Rock 'N Soul' is an educational one. Solomon Burke is just too good at this music, and after further research, it becomes clear why. He's part of, if not the baseline for this genre. We could with valid criticism call everyone else imitators, and lament that Solomon Burke wasn't more popular as some of his contemporaries. "Rock 'N Soul" by Solomon Burke gets a 5/5 for this very reason. We can listen to Elvis, The Righteous Brothers, even James Brown, but this album is a ground zero for those talents. Where this album might lack in experimentalism and variety that appeals to the 21st century listener, this album does something even more valuable --- it defines where our music can go from here.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Everything you want from a rock and roll album.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

What an absolute gem. His voice has the power of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. The songs are irrisistable.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Pleasantly surprised. Dusty Gr00ves

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Me ha encantado. No conocía ninguna canción. Una voz muy bonita. Y emociona su interpretación.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Good variety! I liked this one a lot

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Very smooth sounding. Enjoyed listening.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Loved

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Sehr nice!

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Great Album, Kamalt Ktebt El Hadra 4 M 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. I Feel Better

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

I really really liked this album. Some of my favorites: If You Need Me Won't You Give Him (One More Chance) Hard, Ain't It Hard I liked the production a lot. I don't listen to basically anything pre mid-60s, and I like how the guitar was panned all the way to one channel with other instruments sometimes solitary in a channel and sometimes mixed stereo. It felt like the guitar was next to me and not "around me" like I'm used to. I listened through it twice and want to listen again. 5/5

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Yeah, this is fucking great.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

wow, genieten

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

Wow what a voice! And a great vibe!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Great, love the voices!

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Damn how did I miss this one!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Where has this guy been my whole life! Great record.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Stunning

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Loved it!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

New to me. Classic soul 1.0

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

A really great soul album. BARELY above a 9/10. Nothing else to say. 5 stars.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

Solomon Burke is timeless. His voice is addictive.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

Nice

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

Loved it - knew the first song as a classic and the rest were just as good. Had a grin on my face the whole time I was on the bus and i could just imagine it as background music or singing & dancing to it

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Sat Dec 10 2022
5

Good music and lyrics.

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Tue Dec 27 2022
5

powerhouse album

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

The early 60’s was an interesting time in rock music. It was the ending of music driven by the Silent Generation throughout the ’50s and the beginning of music driven by the Baby Boomers. The release of the album is the capstone of the previous era just as the Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and others were forging the sounds of the next generation. As the capstone, this represents the best of the soul sounds from the’50s. While soul would continue on. It would also be forged by new artists. I’m deviating from my scale. This isn’t an absolute favorite, but due to the quality and significance, it earns a 5. Scale: 5 - My absolute favorites. 4 - Albums I like. 3 - It was ok to listen to it but wouldn't seek it out. 2 - Didn't like. 1 - Absolute shit.

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

excelente gracias 1001 por ofrecerme esta joyita

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

More of this please

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Never heard of this chap; but this sort of soul music is right back in trend!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Lækkert gammel rock og soul album. Flere fede sange Bla. Everybody needs somebody to love

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

good

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

very cool album

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Much better than the previous album. Definitely dig the sound on this one😎

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

довольно неплохо

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

I LOVED this album

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Really good music. I don't have a lot to add here. Great voice, good tunes.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Really enjoyed this.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

He's new to me. Ache in his voice that contrasts well with the tight instrumentation and pristine backing vocals.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Veldig pent, fine blues låter, bra synging og spilling. Veldig sjarmerende. Jeg ville vanligvis ikke vært så interessert i sånn musikk, men dette traff så bra at jeg drar opp scoren.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Really dug this! Blended in places, but clearly was a bedrock for more R&B moving forward.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Tres bon album avec beaucoup de soul et de rock comme son nom l’indique. 4.25 car un peu repetitif, mais c’est l’epoque.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Maybe even preferred it to yesterday. Cool.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Once again, not something I am got used to, but I honour this kind of "real" music.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

This was one more great album that I absolutely didn't know. It's incredible how this project has been a great introduction for some important musicians for me.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Music is good, but not my style

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Nice Rock and Nice Soul, maybe 3.7 but enjoyable

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Absolutely wonderful. A very ownable album that people would enjoy as background music. Feels like a rainy Sunday with coffee type of album.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

One word Wednesday = Enlightening. But I can’t stop at one word - really, really great stuff even though it’s outside my normal listening universe. Great voice, and I’ve never heard of this singer prior. Nice

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Aika hempeää ja sielukasta musaa. Äänimaailma oli raikas ja avara, tykkäsin. Tiedä sitten johtuiko saundin diggailu itsestään levystä vai siitä, kun siirryin Tidalin hi-fi -tilaajaksi?

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Enjoyed the album. Didn’t know what to expect and thought it might be more ‘rock n roll’ but was actually more soul and R&B. Made me wonder if he had any association with the likes of the Drifters but don’t think he did.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

This was really good. It reminded me a lot of Elvis.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

nice

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

All hail King Solomon! I've always admired Solomon Burke's music, but was admittedly more familiar with his late-career efforts. This album was a revelation to me. The way he integrates gospel, country, and folk influences into soul music feels sui generis, even today. I really appreciate the range and passion behind the music. Ahead of its time in 1964, that's for sure! Favourite songs: "Won't You Give Him (One More Chance)", "Cry to Me"

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

I could listen to this ish all day.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Soothing record that mixes soul with many other sounds

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Really liked this. I could listen to soul singers all day.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

I dug the acoustic guitar arrangements on this album

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Thu May 13 2021
4

gah, another 3.5. It hops up to a 4 because it has that good 50s-ish oldies sound that I like even though it came out in 1964.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I loved this one. To me this is one of those albums where everything comes together just right/just enough to make it an easy, enjoyable listen. Smooth soul with a touch of gospel at times and an almost funky r&b vibe at others. Lyrics sometimes rely on phrases that seem cliche now but do so without being cringy or too repetitive. Each song tells it's story without dragging on after that. Great use of supporting vocals, just where they were needed. Listened to this three times and will definitely come back.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Pretty cool album! I appreciate the vibes on a lot of the tracks and have actually already given the full thing a few listens.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Bluesy 1960's soul

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Can’t nobody love you, Won’t you give him

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Good album from someone I wasn’t familiar with.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Heerlijke oude soul. Zwoele zomer. Blijf het ‘oude’ stereo lastig vinden.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Heerlijke soul. Prachtige stem. Leuk album voor een regenachtige zondag tijdens het bakken van een taart :)

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