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Complete Recordings of Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers Box set, Import

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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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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Specialty
  • ASIN: B00006LI1I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Come, Let Us Go Back To God
2. Peace In The Valley
3. I'm Gonna Build On That Shore
4. I'm Gonna Build On That Shore
5. I'm On The Firing Line
6. I'm On The Firing Line
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. End Of My Journey
2. He'll Welcome Me
3. He's My Friend Until The End
4. He's My Friend Until The End (Take 2/Alt.)
5. I Have A Friend Above All Others
6. Come And Go To That Land
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Last Mile Of The Way
2. He's So Wonderful
3. Touch The Hem Of His Garment
4. Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles
5. Farther Along
6. Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone?
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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This was early Sam Cooke before he went solo. It contains his entire recordings as lead singer with The Soul Stirrers from 1951 to 1957, sometimes singing co-lead with Paul Foster, the actual group's leader. It was all Gospel, and Sam Cooke in the raw, and at his greatest. You would be surprised to hear what he sounded like here. It also contains plenty of alternate takes with studio chatter and occasional false starts at the beginnings. By the time they got to their final session with Sam Cooke, they seemed to have developed a more wide ranging sound, a little similar to Curtis Mayfield's future group The Impressions but with Sam on lead. But this never materialized because Sam Cooke then left for a solo career, and completely refined himself, developing a more secular and commercial sound, smoothening his voice, and obviously having to water himself down to appeal to the majority market. It also features his handful of solo recordings for the same label, Specialty, from during this time. Five tracks appear here only with overdubbed female backing vocals which is how they appeared on the original singles. It also misses the alternate take of his solo track Happy In Love. Yet mysteriously, one track on the first CD here I'm On The Firing Line appears here with later stereo overdubs as well as appearing as the next track in it's original undubbed form.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Radiojock TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2014
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I've got much on my backlog of stuff to listen to, I only got to this album today. Naughty, naughty Amazon has far too much of the songs I love, and I keep buying from their stock! Ain't that what a record store is all about, even though it's an online one?

I was watching a film about Sam Cooke recently. Something I really ought not to do as it gets me thinking: "Oh, I'd LOVE to have...this and that record!" And so, this set came to light and I couldn't refuse it.

As so many black artists did, Sam was to be found singing in church. Many recordings were made of those sessions, which ended up in albums being offered.There's a whole story of Cooke's time with the Soul Stirrers, who were recording long before he arrived on the scene as a very young man. The guys liked him and he became very proficient in his singing. As a young man, singing these gospel songs did him a world of credit for his future career. Any Christian believer will love these albums. I know I do. Not only can I listen with joy, but I also have a piece of musical history I would never had known about, if not for that film.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable collection 22 April 2003
By aliled - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a fascinating document. Presented in chronological order (aside from a few live songs tacked on to the end), it charts the growth not just of Sam Cooke as an artist, but the slow birth of secularized soul from 50's gospel roots. All the recordings sound great, and credit most be given to the folks at Specialty for preserving the masters - outtakes included - with such obvious care. The earliest material here, from 1951, would probably be considered "pop gospel" for the time. It flows nicely, isn't much for histrionics and makes for smooth listening. If you didn't know better, it might take you a song or two before it becomes obvious that it's Sam Cooke singing, and not just some guy who maybe sounds like him. But by 1953, Cooke's vocal style is impossible to mistake; he dominates the songs, and when Paul Foster pops up now and then, the contrast between his "blacker" gospel voice and Cooke's velvet tone is amazing - and it's not that Foster isn't amazing too, by the way. By the third disc, the line between gospel and pop has become utterly blurred - a song like "I'll Come Running Back To You" has as good a claim to be the first "soul" song as any. It's obviously gospel-influenced, and the lyrics are ambiguous enough that you could make a claim for it being a gospel tune, but . . . something, somehow has changed. Aside from historical importance, it's a riveting song and possibly Cooke's single best performance.
The attractions of this box are its completeness, great sound and nice packaging. If you're inclined to by anything of Cooke's beyond a simple greatest hits collection, I'd urge you to buy this package - there isn't really one single-disc distillation of this material that covers all the bases covered here, so by the time you buy the two or three that might, you'd pay about as much as you would for this.
There are only a few rare packages that convey so beautifully an important aspect of important American music, whether it's the Nuggets box or the Anthology Of American Folk Music. This is clearly in the league; any music fan with expansive tastes should own it.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Birth of Soul 11 Dec. 2002
By William E Donoghue - Published on
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This is the heart of soul singing. There is not a bad or boring track on this CD Box Set. Sam Cooke was the inspiration for nearly every soul singer you will ever hear. If you think you know his work from You Send Me and his pop work, you are in for a surprise. These are some of the finest recording he ever made and they all pre-date You Send Me. The Soul Stirrers had been around for decades when Sam joined them and this is the finest example of their work. Sam fairly floats like a jazz singer over their meaty chords. Yet this is not jazz, this is gospel and you will cherish every word.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Sam Cooke gospel anthology 10 Aug. 2005
By B. Bullard - Published on
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As a lifelong fan of Sam Cooke, I have looked for a way to enjoy all of the great music that he created in his brief gospel career without purchasing a number of CDs. This collection has allowed me to accomplish that. This set showcases the vast talent of these men and from time to time, gives a peek behind the curtain of the finished recordings.

My only criticism of the collection is that several secular songs (certainly not the best of those that Sam Cooke recorded) are tossed into the middle of one of the disks, throwing off the feel and flow.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It's Finally Here!! Sam Cooke at his best (?) 30 Nov. 2005
By M. Buisman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the last few years the work of Sam Cooke has gotten more attention. Not only for his soulo work but also what he did when he was with the greatest gospel group of the 1950's: The Soul Stirrers.

There have been some albums which had some of his gospel stuff but there were always songs missing. Now Specialty decided to put all his gospel stuff on three CD's and add a nice booklet with an exstensive history of the group.

Some people may find it somewhat hard to realize but for a long time Sam was bigger in the gospelfield than the popfield. Some even say that his best work was as a member of the Soul Stirrers.

The booklet gives detailed information on the recording sessions and they placed the songs on the CD's in chronological order so you can hear the development.

Besided being a very gifted singer he also was good songwriter as you can hear on these CD's.

The best addition is three songs from a live show in the LA Shrine Auditorioum with songs that go on forever and when they really shout.

This is definitely a CD to have if you are interested in gospel, Sam Cooke or the birth of soul in general.

This is the ultimate Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers collection.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Completists please note... 19 Mar. 2003
By Mr. David J. Wichmann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is not quite the complete Sam Cooke at Specialty -- it does not include the tantalising bonus track on the "2 Sides" album.
Having said that, it does include the best work done by the greatest soul/gospel singer bar none. So I am not complaining.
(The producer of these recordings and founder of Specialty Records, Mr Art Rupe, is never given enough credit for his wonderful work. And for keeping the tapes from the original sessions for future generations to enjoy. Respect due.)
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