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Man & His Music [VINYL] [Import]

Sam Cooke Vinyl
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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 (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00008FN3H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is positively breaming with life and happiness. Whenever I listen to it I cannot help but start movin. If you are a first time listener or buyer, then I assure you that after listening to this album you will be a devoted fan. A fantastic array of songs from the highs of 'another saturday night' and 'wonderful world' to the gracefull harmonies of 'A change is goanna come', I cannot find the words to tell the world how good this music makes you feel...
Possibly the best song on this album and one which I have yet to hear or see anywhere else at all is 'good times',which is a truly awe inspiring peice of art...unbelievable
If people buy and play Sam's music then he will never die, with his tunes he lives on in everyone of us who feels the glory in the words and rythem of his work. I listen to a broad variety of music and artists, and never have I ever felt such a moving and compelling feeling from other music as when I play Sam Cooke, and this album really illustrates those thoughts...
Thankyou for taking the time to read the Colonels notes and I can guarantee you will not be dissapointed...........
Buy it.... Hear it.... Feel it.... Become it...
The Colonel
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a hard to find classic 11 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this compilation has been unavailable for so long, it¬'s mostly found in zshops - if somebody is foolish enough to sell it. This is one of the truly great records in soul music, containing the remarkable voice of mr. Sam Cooke (who passed away in -63). It has all the great hits and some others. Only complaint: where is "Little Red Rooster"? That splendid track was a top 20 hit for him in December -63, and should have been included. Otherwise who can argue with true classics like "Chain gang", "Sad mood", "Twistin¬' the night away" etc.? If you find this record somewhere (I found mine in Goa, India), don¬'t hesitate, just buy it. You¬'ll never regret it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Whether Sam really was the first soul singer, I'm not sure, though he has a strong claim to the title. In any event, this is an excellent collection of his music.

Sam made his breakthrough with You send me, which went all the way to number one in America (where it sold a couple of million) though it barely made the top thirty in Britain. In the fifties, when music was often racially segregated, this was quite an achievement. Sam was well aware of the problems, as is clear from his song, A change is gonna come. The change did come (to some extent, at least) though Sam, murdered aged just 33, did not live to see it.

Another important American hit, Only sixteen, fared slightly better than You send me in the UK despite being covered by Craig Douglas who took the song to the very top of the UK charts. Sam's version of Wonderful world, another huge American hit, again only registered in the UK top thirty at the time of its original release, though Brits grew to love this song, with Herman's Hermits also having a big hit with it in the sixties. Sam's version made number two in the UK when re-issued in 1986.

Sam finally achieved success in the UK when Chain gang, Cupid and Twisting the night away all made the top ten. Only two more UK hits followed - Another Saturday night (which Cat Stevens covered in the seventies) and Frankie and Johnny (not included here), both of which made the top thirty. However, Sam had many more (and bigger) hits in his homeland, where his music was better appreciated. There are many other great songs here, too numerous to mention.

I bought this originally on vinyl and later replaced it with the CD. It provides a great selection of Sam's music but there is now an even better compilation titled Portrait of a legend, featuring extensive liner notes and even better sound quality. Many of the songs are the same but there are a few differences, although all the essentials are on both collections.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures Cooke's magic in all its glory 7 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Given the fact that this album seems to be hard to find these days, I am very happy to have picked it up when I did some years ago. Sam Cooke was a magically gifted singer whose easy-going, mellifluously liquid voice never fails to lift me from even the darkest of moods. His roots were in gospel music, the powerfully joyous element of which underlies all of his music. He exudes happiness in both his appearance as well as his music; it's impossible to picture Sam Cooke without that bright smile he always seemed to have. Dubbed the king of soul by many music fans, Sam Cooke left a musical legacy of great importance. His influence on past, present, and future singers sometimes goes unspoken and unrecognized but is profound nevertheless. On the liner notes of this CD, you will find a number of quotes from such notable performers as Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, and Keith Richards praising Sam Cooke and describing the influence the man and his music has had on their own careers.
The Sam Cooke songs I sometimes hear on oldies radio stations, classics such as Chain Gang, Cupid, Another Saturday Night, Twistin' the Night Away, and Bring It On Home To Me, wonderful as they are, really don't even begin to show the immense talent and diversity of this consummate performer. This CD crams 28 Cooke tracks (all of which he wrote himself) into its grooves, offering a wonderful cross-section of his life's work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this mans music
I love Sam Cookes music. I have a few of his Albums and he never fails to move me. His voice and his music just wonderful.
Published 5 months ago by Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Love it bought this about 20 years ago on vinyl but after moving house never seen it again a blame the removal men x
Published 18 months ago by shaza
5.0 out of 5 stars classic soulful Sam Cooke at his best
I re-bought this velvety smooth collection of Sam Cooke at his best to replace the CD I had to leave behind following the end of a relationship. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kath Coles
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke CD
I absolutely love this cd. I had this on vinyl years ago so had to replace it. Its one of the best compilations ever. The item arrived really quickly and was exactly as described. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by gillimant
5.0 out of 5 stars Posthumous
There is a plethora of compilations available which detail the work of this superlative soul singer of the mid-twentieth century. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Music Legend
I love this collection of classic soul tracks, by the legandary Sam Cooke. A fine collection of music, great tracks to chill out to.
Published on 4 April 2010 by Mr. Barry Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singer, songs a lot of the same
Sam is a wonderfully soulfoul singer with a great voice, perfect pitch, sometimes relaxed, sometimes with a burning intensity. Read more
Published on 12 April 2007 by JJA Kiefte
This album is positively breaming with life and happiness. Whenever I listen to it I cannot help but start movin. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars the world's sweetest voice
this will cheer you up and relax you, smooth and sweet i have never heard a better voice.
Published on 21 Dec 1999
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