The album, due for release in July through Mississippi blues label Fat Possum, also sees contributions from other Burke fans Brian Wilson, Van Morrison and Carole King. Such a stellar cast has left Burke in ebullient mood.
“Isn’t it fantastic? Bob Dylan sent me a song, man. Carole King sent me a song. My mind is just blown that these people even knew me enough to send me a song,” he told rollingstone.com. “It’s unbelievable, I can just go on and on. I wish I could’ve recorded two albums, that’s how many great songs I had. I haven’t been this excited since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing. Now if I could just hit that lottery.”
Elvis Costello even flew to the studio to go over his contribution with Burke.
“He sat there and sang with me and produced it with me, showed me how to go over each word. I was freaked out, man, because he’s such a great singer himself. I’m like, ‘Hey, can I get your autograph, man?'”
A contemporary of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Burke was a huge influence on the Stones Rolling Stones who covered his ‘Cry to Me’ and ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ on their early albums.