Friday, December 25, 2020

Yes! He’s sleeping . . . in heavenly peace

Peter Guralnick’s recommendation of this track in his 1986 book Sweet Soul Music captured my interest and I looked around from time to time for the 12" single but never came across it anywhere. Over the years I would give a half hearted try to find it, maybe see if it made it onto a CD or mp3 somewhere; then it was forgotten until a recent rereading of Sweet Soul Music got the case reopened and this time I found it. As Solomon sings, “Oh, glory hallelujah!” 

Recorded in midsummer in a little church in Macon, Georgia, this is what people in Hawai‘i might call “chicken skin music.” 

Solomon Burke • Silent Night • 1982

Label pic: Discogs

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