I have recently re-discovered my love for soul music, particularly sixties soul. I have recently bought albums by Marvin Gaye (fabulous) and Otis Redding and wanted to add to my collection. Although I have never bought a Sam Cooke album before this, I have purchased 3 of his individual songs - A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me and Bring it on Home to Me. I love all of these songs, especially "A Change is Gonna Come" which is one of my all time favourite songs. I was, therefore, keen to buy an album. This one seemed like a good buy. It is a box set of 4 cds and includes around 100 songs. However, I was very disappointed. This is very middle-of-the-road, what I would describe as "easy listening". It is the kind of cd a restaurant will play as background music - bland and inoffensive. I really disliked the arrangements of many of the songs. For example, "Summertime". This is the song - "Summertime, and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the cotton is high". This is a song which evokes a hot summer's day in the Deep South of America. It is a song which is sultry and langorous but Sam Cooke gives us an upbeat, up-tempo version which is at odds with the lyrics. Similarly with "Ol Man River"- again this is sung in an inappropriate uptempo manner. He even sings "Danny Boy" in a similar way. This is one of those melancholy songs which often reduce listeners to tears. It will be tears of anger if you hear this version! All in all, I was very disappointed. These were pleasant songs, pleasantly sung but completely lacking the depth of emotion and the sexiness which I expect from real soul music. If you are looking for soul, look elsewhere!