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Portrait Of A Legend

21 Feb 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Feb 2011
  • Release Date: 21 Feb 2011
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:17:57
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  • ASIN: B004NLUGXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,040 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Milt 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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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2004
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No less a person than Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records (who twice failed to sign him) describes Sam in the accompanying booklet as "the best singer who ever lived" and what this collection does in excellent SACD sound is show why. Covering the whole range of his career from his early spiritual recordings in 1951 with the Soul Stirrers, via his Speciality label records (where he fell out with Art Rupe the owner for using a "white" rather than an R&B sound) through to his triumphant personally written and co-produced RCA recordings and resultant great hits which appealed to everyone, one can see why someone like Rod Stewart holds this man in such high esteem.
In addition to the superb CD audio transcriptions lasting over 79 minutes in full, the liner booklet notes by a devoted expert such as Peter Guralnick with full data on recordings and musicians make this a priceless collection.
Fourty years on since his early death the CD title "Sam Cooke -Portrait of a legend" says it all.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fawcett on 26 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By leeboywonder on 13 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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