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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.

Sam graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in 1948, where he distinguished himself as an ... Read more in Amazon's Sam Cooke Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B0009R34R0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Touch The Hem Of His Garment
2. Lovable
3. You Send Me
4. Only Sixteen
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. Just For You
7. Win You Love For Me
8. Everybody Love To Cha Cha Cha
9. I'll Come Running Back To You
10. You Were Made For Me
11. Sad Mood
12. Cupid
13. (What A) Wonderful World
14. Chain Gang
15. Summertime
16. Little Red Rooster
17. Bring It On Home To Me
18. Nothing Can Change This Love
19. Sugar Dumpling
20. (Ain't That) Good News
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'The greatest single-disc Sam Cooke collection ever! 30 Incredible tracks including You Send Me; Chain Gang; Twistin' the Night Away; Shake; Little Red Rooster; Good Times; (What a) Wonderful World; Another Saturday Night; Cupid; Only Sixteen; A Change Is Gonna Come; Having a Party , and more career highlights. Indispensable

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Some 46 years after his first pop hit, and 39 years after his death, comes only the second attempt at a comprehensive Sam Cooke collection. Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 eclipses RCA's early-80s The Man And His Music. From 1951's Soul Stirrers' gospel classic "Touch The Hem Of His Garment" through to 1964's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," we get highlights of Cooke's career presented in state-of-the-art digital audio; superior in every way possible to the audio quality of The Man And His Music. What's more, this is a hybrid disc with SACD capability, and the sound on that layer is almost as much of a jump above the quality on the CD layer as this remastering is from the old The Man And His Music disc; and either the standard CD or the SACD playback makes that 1980s-issued compilation sound faint and anaemic. There's also annotation here--which was totally lacking on the earlier CD--by Peter Guralnick, which delve very effectively into the background of each song. And the producers have taken the trouble to be a little inventive in the programming--it would have been easy enough to follow a strict chronological approach, but instead the disc opens and closes with tracks that reveal Cooke's gospel roots; which is pretty much where his music started and where it ended up, bookending his first hit with songs from his first session ever. --Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 2 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This release is another of the outstanding archive renovations that brought the world "The Rolling Stones" re-issues in 2002.
Yet again the same team that brought the world that restoration has done this compliation of "Sam Cooke's" recordings from 1951-1964.
The mastering process was done by the awesome "Bob Ludwig",who has in the past done such re-issues as "Roxy Muisc's" and the solo recordings of "Bryan Ferry"(this "Mr Ludwig" did in 1999).
What they have released is a hybrid disc that has 2 layers of data,1 layer for playing on a standard C.D. player and the other layer for SACD players.
The sound quality that this has acheived is just jaw dropping it's so good, gone is the thin weedy sound of the past re-issues of this star's music,now the tracks have a warmer purer seductive sound that "Sam" voice was famous for.
The tracks sound like they were recorded just yesterday and not way back last century.
The song that opens the collection "Touch the hem of his Garment" recorded in 1956 and was written by the artist sets the tone for this anthology of 30 tracks, 24 of which "Sam" wrote "Twistin' the night Away" still makes me want to get up and dance every time I hear it, even more so with the clearer handclap sounds.
If you loved the sound of "Sam Cooke" before you will absolutely adore this collection, the details the listener can hear are incredible.
This collection is for soul fans everywhere,a must have for your music collection...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Harvey on 29 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This Cd has a fantastic collection of songs and it shows how beautiful Sam Cookes voice was. In case you don't know, Sam Cooke was a Gospel singer, who broke away from recording just gospel songs and began moving in to popular songs, but Cooke never lost that Gospel feel. My favorite songs on this cd are Loveable, Chain gang and A change is gonna come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "hboardman" on 22 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well, “What a wonderful World” was one of those records from my youth, a great tune re-released thanks to a famous TV advert! Even so, this is an incredibly powerful set of recordings, Sam Cooke had one of those incredibly powerful voices, and his premature death was a sad loss. Don’t think that this latest compilation will convert many new Sam Cooke fans, but it should, this guy has real presence.
As for the SACD bit, a clear improvement over CD, but with historic material like this, the advantages are not enormous, but still quite clear. Super Audio CD does not get promoted as heavily as it should be.. a definite sound quality improvement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By leeboywonder on 13 Jun. 2007
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This man is a gold-plated soul legend, who was also savvy enough to set up his own label and nurture other black recording artists, such as Bobby Womack. Initially a gospel superstar, he, like many before and after, successfully crossed over into the fledgling pop charts, merging gospel and pop and becoming huge.

His voice is surely one of the most beautiful ever committed to vinyl. This collection does a fantastic job of summarising Cooke's tragically curtailed career, and for newcomer and fan alike, is the best collection out there.

As a footnote, I must add to the debate on 'A Change Is Gonna Come', Cooke's response to hearing Dylan's 'Blowin' In The Wind' and an example of his interest in other genres. I am a massive Otis Redding fan, but his version is a poor relation to Sam's effort - this is his last recorded song and his finest few minutes, a tantalising hint of what he may acheived had he not been gunned down.

Buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.K.J on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first tried a Sam Cooke album about a year ago and was surprised that I already knew the vast majority of the songs. Again and again I found myself listening to a particular track and before ten seconds had past I'd be thinking 'Wow, I didn't know he wrote that one!'. I'd heard a number of versions of 'Chain Gang' for instance but never Cooke's original which incidentally is by far the best.

The man's vocal range and talent is just awesome as he demonstrates on 'Touch The Hem Of His Garment' in an early gospel record. But songs like 'You Send Me', 'Only Sixteen', 'Cupid', '(What A) Wonderful World', 'Chain Gang', 'Twistin' The Night Away' and of course the masterful 'A Change Is Gonna Come' (Cooke's response to Bob Dylan's 'Blowin in the Wind') show what a truly great song writer he was as well as a singer.

Who knows what he might have achieved had he lived longer!. Altogether this is an excellent collection of songs that are well worth getting hold of.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fawcett on 26 Sept. 2006
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Sorry to correct the previous reviewer, but Sam Cooke's 'Wonderful World, was emphaticaly NOT the same song made famous by Louis Armstrong. This was called 'What a Wonderful World, and was a very different proposition from Sam's offering. As for Herman's Hermits......

Soul fans wil know that the best cover version of this tune was the one by Otis Redding. In fact, Otis covered many of Cooke's songs , including 'Shake' and a 'Change is Gonna Come'( the latter arguably topping even Sam's version)

Anyway, factual quibbles apart, this CD documents an important slice of Sam Cooke's output.He was, unquestionably one of the most influential singers ever, and not just in the soul field. Rod Stewart fans will find Sam's vocal fingerprints all over his singing. Sam Cooke's early death was was not only a tragedy for music lovers, just think, if he had lived we might have been spared Rod Stewart.Now there's a thought.
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