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When producer Mark Johnson crisscrossed the globe several years ago to record street musicians on virtually every continent, the result was a recording that transcended geographic and cultural boundaries and connected players and listeners in an unprecedented way. Johnson's Playing for Change: Songs from Around the World, released in 2009, introduced the world to the invisible army of raw talent that exists outside of the conventional marketing and promotional apparatus that drives the music business.

Among those raw talents was vocalist Clarence Milton Bekker, a native of Suriname who developed his craft in his adopted homeland of Holland and eventually took it around the world with little more than a guitar strapped to his back. Propelled by the strength of "Stand By Me" and "Don't Worry," the two tracks he recorded for Playing for Change - and later performed as part of the internationally touring Playing for Change Band - Bekker steps into the spotlight for a solo album, Old Soul, set for release on February 28, 2012, on Playing for Change, a division of Concord Music Group.

Recorded in Santa Monica, California, Old Soul (Playing For Change/Concord Music Group) captures the vintage American soul music that awakened Bekker's musical consciousness when he was still a young boy in Holland in the 1970s and early `80s. Producers Reggie McBride and Mark Johnson, assisted by a crew of veteran soul musicians directly connected to that seminal period, take Bekker on a trip back in time to revisit the powerful sounds originally crafted by iconic figures like Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam and Dave, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Playing For Change Records
  • ASIN: B006UFHH1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Clarence Bekker is so very talented he has the most amazing voice I have ever heard. I could not wait to get the CD when it came out but I was a little disappointed when I received it. My disappointment had nothing to do with Clarence it was all about the song selections that they had him do. In my opinion they went too far back in time and only two of the songs were really popular when they were out. In my opinion instead of having him do Hold ON by Sam and Dave they should have done When Something is Wrong with my Baby by them. I know with his voice Clarence would have killed that song and I mean that in a good way. I will say this if Clarence has the right songs not one of the guys that are topping the charts today could come close to his talent. They can't touch him.
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I love the rich sound of Clarence Bekker's voice. I first heard him in Playing for Change. I must admit that the songs in this album are not what I would have picked for him, but I still like it. Hopefully he will come out with another album that will showcase his voice as it was in Playing for Change. Thanks for sharing your beautiful voice with the world.
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I agree with those who wish they had chosen better songs for this CD. But google Clarence Bekker and Henriette van Dyke, and watch him sing Stand by Me with her. He is outstanding. Great voice, great audience rapport, and great ability to respond to the person he is singing with, and adapt to them, and make a great result. I also like his performance of Stand by Me on Playing For Change, the one that starts with Robert Ridley. I wish there were more videos of him available, I think he is an under-promoted singer.
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Saw him on Songs Around the World from Playing for Change and LOVED his voice and delivery. Reminds me of Otis Redding and love his covers of some great old songs. When you hear someone sing like Clarence it makes you sad he's not more successful and others who CAN'T EVEN SING are hugely popular.
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I love this mans voice. Probably within 4 seconds of hearing/watching him on the Stand By Me video, I knew he had real star power.
I 'worship' at the alter of his voice. Like Ray Charles or Otis Redding, he kind of is his own genre, in a manner of speaking.I agree that the songs that were chosen were not the best vehicles for him. I also really missed watching him sing. Sorry Reggie McBride and Marc Johnson, but I would have tried him on songs like "For Your Precious Love ( pre- Otis Redding version), Lets' Stay Together, These Arms of Mine, I've Been Loving You Too Long, interspersed with Kingston Town, Let's Get It On, Gonna Walk and Don't Look Back , Can't Help Falling In l Love With You ( UB 40), maybe Red Red Wine... or songs of they type I mentioned... then I would have let him run with them. He knows what to do...
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By iya on October 1, 2015
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I read some of the reviews and most people said the songs were to old, but for me I loved it , some of the songs I had not heard in a long time, to me this is the kind of real music to listen to , not some of the junk they have on the air today.Soul music that I grew up with
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This guy has the best voice. I can't believe we don't here more of him. I would definitely recommend this CD!
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I first became aware of Clarence Milton Bekker on the Playing For Change video of Stand by Me. I also watched all the other videos and songs he has on you tube. But I had to have the cd so I could play it in the car, and put it on my mp3 playlist. His voice is tremendous, reminiscent of the r and b singers of the 1950's and '60's. I highly recommend this cd, and any of his work.
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