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Sam Cooke 9/26/2000

Review

This set is near essential to fans of Sam Cooke, despite the fact that it contains none of his gospel recordings for Specialty Records or any of the work from the final year of his career (owned by ABKCO Records). Scattered every few minutes across this four-disc collection are reminders of just how far ahead of all existing musical forms Cooke was, creating sounds that stretched the definitions of song genres as they were understood and created completely new categories. Indeed, he was so successful that it's easy to underestimate the impact and importance of many of his early triumphs. "You Send Me," which opens this set, may seem today like the safest, tamest pop music, but in 1957 it was a genre-bending single, a new kind of R&B/pop music hybrid and one that quietly shook the foundations of the music business when it hit number one. Disc one offers a fresh appreciation of the best of the early Keen Records sides, drawing on the best of nearly two years of singles and the strongest of Cooke's LP tracks in the best account to date of his early career in popular music. Disc two begins Cooke's RCA years, and the quality of his singles, which clearly and easily bridge the gap between genres, races, and generations, improves dramatically. The development of Cooke's writing and singing and his growing confidence and range culminate with disc four, which encompasses the Night Beat album and Cooke's live performance from the Harlem Square Club. The sound is extraordinary throughout, expansive, rich-textured, and vividly detailed; a choice earlier CD release, The Man and His Music, by comparison, sounds thin and tinny. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You Send Me Sam Cooke 2:41
  3. 2 Summertime, Pt. 1 Sam Cooke 2:19
  4. 3 For Sentimental Reasons Sam Cooke 2:36
  5. 4 Desire Me Sam Cooke 2:22
  6. 5 Lonely Island Sam Cooke 2:27
  7. 6 You Were Made for Me Sam Cooke 2:55
  8. 7 Win Your Love (For Me) Sam Cooke 2:30
  9. 8 Love You Most of All Sam Cooke 2:16
  10. 9 Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha Sam Cooke 2:39
  11. 10 No One Can Take Your Place Sam Cooke 2:18
  12. 11 Only Sixteen Sam Cooke 2:10
  13. 12 With You Sam Cooke 2:35
  14. 13 Crazy She Calls Me Sam Cooke 2:31
  15. 14 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues Sam Cooke 2:31
  16. 15 Comes Love Sam Cooke 2:27
  17. 16 Ain't Nobody's Business Sam Cooke 2:24
  18. 17 Little Things You Do Sam Cooke 2:13
  19. 18 There! I've Said It Again Sam Cooke 1:57
  20. 19 When I Fall in Love Sam Cooke 2:42
  21. 20 Let's Go Steady Again Sam Cooke 2:29
  22. 21 Wonderful World Sam Cooke 2:4
  23. 1 Chain Gang Sam Cooke 2:39
  24. 2 I Belong to Your Heart Sam Cooke 2:16
  25. 3 Teenage Sonata Sam Cooke 2:37
  26. 4 Love Me Sam Cooke 2:18
  27. 5 Sad Mood [Previously Unreleased][Unreleased Version] Sam Cooke 2:29
  28. 6 If I Had You (I'd Be Happy) Sam Cooke 2:21
  29. 7 You Belong to Me Sam Cooke 2:43
  30. 8 Sad Mood Sam Cooke 2:36
  31. 9 Tenderness Sam Cooke 2:18
  32. 10 That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On Sam Cooke 2:36
  33. 11 Hold On Sam Cooke 2:44
  34. 12 Cupid Sam Cooke 2:34
  35. 13 Tenderness [Previously Unreleased][Unreleased Version] Sam Cooke 2:23
  36. 14 Don't Get Around Much Anymore Sam Cooke 3:10
  37. 15 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out Sam Cooke 3:22
  38. 16 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Sam Cooke 2:10
  39. 17 Trouble in Mind Sam Cooke 2:57
  40. 18 Out in the Cold Again Sam Cooke 2:23
  41. 19 Exactly Like You Sam Cooke 2:6
  42. 20 Since I Met You Baby Sam Cooke 3:1
  43. 21 I'm Just a Lucky So and So Sam Cooke 3:13
  44. 22 But Not for Me Sam Cooke 2:30
  45. 23 You're Always on My Mind Sam Cooke 2:14
  46. 24 (Don't Fight It) Feel It Sam Cooke 1:57
  47. 25 It's All Right Sam Cooke 2:41
  48. 26 Twistin' the Night Away Sam Cooke 2:38
  49. 27 One More Time Sam Cooke 2:23
  50. 28 Don't Cry on My Shoulder Sam Cooke 2:40
  51. 1 Somebody's Gonna Miss Me Sam Cooke 2:44
  52. 2 Somebody Have Mercy Sam Cooke 3:2
  53. 3 Sugar Dumpling Sam Cooke 2:14
  54. 4 Nothing Can Change This Love [Previously Unreleased][Unreleased Version] Sam Cooke 2:13
  55. 5 Talkin' Trash Sam Cooke 2:12
  56. 6 Movin' and Groovin' Sam Cooke 2:52
  57. 7 Soothe Me Sam Cooke 2:13
  58. 8 Having a Party Sam Cooke 2:32
  59. 9 Bring It on Home to Me Sam Cooke 2:41
  60. 10 A Whole Lotta Woman Sam Cooke 2:30
  61. 11 I'm Gonna Forget About You Sam Cooke 2:25
  62. 12 Nothing Can Change This Love Sam Cooke 2:35
  63. 13 Baby, Baby, Baby Sam Cooke 2:26
  64. 14 Send Me Some Lovin' Sam Cooke 2:43
  65. 15 All the Way Sam Cooke 3:27
  66. 16 Smoke Rings Sam Cooke 3:23
  67. 17 Wish You Love Sam Cooke 2:21
  68. 18 Driftin' Blues Sam Cooke 3:14
  69. 19 Little Girl Sam Cooke 2:33
  70. 20 Cry Me a River Sam Cooke 2:45
  71. 21 These Foolish Things Sam Cooke 3:58
  72. 22 Frankie and Johnny Sam Cooke 2:42
  73. 23 I Ain't Gonna Cheat on You No More Sam Cooke 2:21
  74. 24 Another Saturday Night [Previously Unreleased][Previously Unreleased Take] Sam Cooke 2:41
  75. 25 Love Will Find a Way Sam Cooke 2:14
  76. 26 Cool Train [First Stereo Release] Sam Cooke 2:31
  77. 1 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen Sam Cooke 3:22
  78. 2 Lost and Lookin' Sam Cooke 2:9
  79. 3 Mean Old World Sam Cooke 3:45
  80. 4 Please Don't Drive Me Away Sam Cooke 2:11
  81. 5 I Lost Everything Sam Cooke 3:22
  82. 6 Get Yourself Another Fool Sam Cooke 4:3
  83. 7 Little Red Rooster Sam Cooke 2:50
  84. 8 Laughin' and Clownin' Sam Cooke 3:34
  85. 9 Trouble Blues Sam Cooke 3:20
  86. 10 You Gotta Move Sam Cooke 2:36
  87. 11 Fool's Paradise Sam Cooke 2:31
  88. 12 Shake, Rattle & Roll Sam Cooke 3:24
  89. 13 Intro/(Don't Fight It) Feel It Sam Cooke 3:47
  90. 14 Chain Gang Sam Cooke 3:12
  91. 15 Cupid Sam Cooke 2:46
  92. 16 It's All Right/ For Sentimental Reasons Sam Cooke 5:14
  93. 17 Twistin' the Night Away Sam Cooke 4:18
  94. 18 Somebody Have Mercy Sam Cooke 7:16
  95. 19 Bring It on Home to Me Sam Cooke 3:4
  96. 20 Nothing Can Change This Love Sam Cooke 3:47
  97. 21 Having a Party Sam Cooke 5:25

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