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Ain't That Good News (50th Anniversary) [Lp] (Limited Edition) [VINYL]

Sam Cooke Vinyl
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Sam Cooke, the son of Reverend Charles Cook, Sr., (a Baptist minister) and Annie May Cook was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1933. He had four brothers and three sisters - Willie, Charles Jr., L.C., David, Mary, Hattie and Agnes.

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abkco
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good News For Sam 5 Aug 2013
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I just love this album, probably Sam's best. I used to own the LP. This album is a joy to listen to. Can't recommend it too highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great but redundant 24 Jun 2003
By Harley P. Payette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Make no mistake this is a five star album in terms of musical quality. However, most of the music has been issued with better packaging and equal sound on another compilation.
In its time, "Ain't That Good News" (1964) was probably Cooke's best studio album. It's more diverse and exciting than "Night Beat" his other indisputable masterwork. The songs here feature an artist exploding as a performer and composer. Every track here breaks down some sort of musical barrier. It's like Cooke is taking the whole of popular music as his own. The title track is a kind of nod to the folk boom of the early 60s with a pop twist. "Tennessee Waltz" mines the same territory but with a Copa type swing. "Another Saturday Night" is pure rock and roll. While "A Change is Gonna Come" is a folk protest song (it was written as an answer to "Blowing in the Wind"), a gospel record and the ultimate soul record all at once.
This song is considered by most to be the height of Cooke's artistry with his soaring tenor stretching over some notes and caressing others all the while buoyed by Rene Hall's beautiful orchestration. The remake of the folk song "The Riddle Song" is almost as good though with Cooke giving the hoary ballad a new and personal meaning with his melismatic and tempered reading. If Cooke hadn't been murdered in December 1964, this record indicates he would have given the Beatles a run for their money as the future of pop music. Like them this music is work that could appeal to teenagers as well as adults. But unlike the Beatles, Cooke's work resonated strongly with African-Americans.
The sound here lives up to this monumental music. Even on a standard CD player you can pick up instruments you had never before in the arrangements. It's a cliche', but they sound like new songs.
All that said, you can pick up almost everything on here on the "Keep Movin' On" compilation. The only two tracks that appear here that don't appear there are "Home (When Shadows Fall)" and "Sittin in the Sun"; They're fine tracks. However, that album has 13 songs that don't appear here including the hits "Shake" and Sugar Dumpling", the brilliant unreleased track "Keep Movin' On" and best of all "That's Where It's At" arguably Cooke's greatest recording along with "Change".
The other collection also has this one beat in packaging as well as content. Since it was also released in the remastered hybrid format, the sound is just as impeccable there. Further, that CD contains several photos and excellent liner notes by Peter Guralnick. Here the only photos are on the covers and the only notes are musician credits. The packaging and the greater number of songs make that the much better buy.
The main audience for this set is people who want to hear the complete album in its original setting. This wasn't sequenced and compiled as a concept album like "Night Beat" but still it's nice to hear a Cooke original from beginning to end. Yet, for most people "Keep Movin On" will give you a better picture of Cooke's late career artistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some more Good News 13 Jun 2004
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I cannot speak enough about this album.
I am a suburban, white teenager, who listens to alternative music. Two weeks ago, I had no idea who Sam Cooke even was. But I picked this album up on a recommendation, and I was blown away. The sound quality is beautiful, much better than most of the mp3s out. The songs themselves are beautiful--nearly indescribable.
If you are casual listener (as I was) trying to see what Sam Cooke was all about, by all means pick up this album. Its price, coupled with the selection of Cooke's best songs (as my friend, the self proclaimed "expert in soul" claims) makes it a steal. If you know a bit more about Cooke, and able to throw down more money, I would definitely go for the box sets. Either way, this album will not disappoint.
Actually, I erred. While I wholeheartedly recommend this album, I'd check out the Keep Movin' On soundtrack as someone has mentioned. Equal in quality, just more songs for the buck. If your mom bought you this though, dont despair, this album is masterful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SURE IS! 10 Nov 2006
By Christopher Nash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Years ago by the score I heard the title number sung by this great star, and it made my hair stand on end, the way all great music does. From then (back in vinyl days)on, I checked out and sometimes bought new discs with his name attached. Once I even heard an original or early version by one of the older blues singers. Great, but only made me wish I could hear Sam again. I sickened my friends going on about Sam Cooke and Good News - until of course came the Net and cybermarketing. In seconds, of course, all the info was up on screen and in days the disc on my player.

Sam combined the eternal spirit of the blues (cf. Terry & McGhee)with the clean-cut high-school junior prom image purveyed by countless movies of the fifties - in 'Cupid, draw back your bow' for example. Apart from the nostalgia, though, 'Good News' still does it for me. The spare-room-studio sound, the pure, innocent, earthy, tender, animal joy of the whole thing.

So - thanks

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Soul Singer! 24 April 2013
By Dennis R. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've heard many of the songs before. But they are better together on this album! This album is its own greatest hits collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars abkco here to rip you off... 23 Feb 2014
By D. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This applies to the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke releases by abkco. They first release them as HSACD in DSD. At some point they change to just CD and still label them as DSD. This has happened to me on the Stones and Cooke, Ain't the Good News being one. The other is Keep Movin' On. I believe the the Stone release did state Mastered in DSD but the Cooke releases don't. To the best of my knowledge a CD does not play in DSD format only HSACD so it's a rip off and misleading but appears to be the current business practice of abkco.
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