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  • Audio CD (18 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005OAK9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Can't Quit Her (home demo; New Studio Version)Al Kooper 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Somethin' Goin' On (Demo)Al Kooper 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Autumn Song (Album Version)Al Kooper 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Can't Stand The Rain (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Baby Please Don't Go (live)Al Kooper 8:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Let Love Slip Through My Fingers (Album Version)Al Kooper 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Earthquake Of Your Love (Album Version)Al Kooper 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. BulgaryaAl Kooper 2:31Album Only
Listen  9. Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You) (Album Version)Al Kooper 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. New York's My Home (Razz-A-Ma-Tazz) aka The Street SongAl Kooper 2:31Album Only
Listen11. Making Plans For Nigel (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Believe To My Soul (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Went to See the Gypsy (Album Version)Al Kooper 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rachmaninoff's Birthday (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Hey Jude (rehearsal tape)Al Kooper 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Living In My Own Religion (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Big Chase (Album Version)Al Kooper 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. They Just Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore (Album Version)Al Kooper 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Drive Through The Old Neighborhood (Album Version)Al Kooper 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes (live)Al Kooper;The Blues Project 4:01Album Only
Listen  2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever KnowBlood Sweat & Tears 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Diamond RingAl Kooper 4:08Album Only
Listen  4. Albert's ShuffleAl Kooper & Michael Bloomfield 6:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bury My Body (Album Version)Al Kooper;Shuggie Otis 8:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Season of the WitchSteve Stills & Al Kooper11:05Album Only
Listen  7. New York City (You're A Woman) (Album Version)Al Kooper 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Can't Quit Her (live)Al Kooper 3:46Album Only
Listen  9. I Stand Alone (Album Version)Al Kooper 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Flute ThingThe Blues Project 6:01Album Only
Listen11. You Never Know Who Your Friends Are (Album Version)Al Kooper 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Got A Woman (Album Version)Al Kooper 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Brand New Day (Album Version)Al Kooper 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Love Theme (from The Landlord)Al Kooper 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Format: Audio CD
I have always enjoyed Al Kopper's wonderful output over the years. With Supersession holding an important place in my collection. He has a great fan base but has never been fully appreciated to the extent that he should have. This is an excellent selection of tracks with one Cd hold what is his 'Best of' and the other having some incredible rare and unreleased tracks. I really enjoyed the rare selection as they have some real and unusual gems. Somehow we have to get more people to appreciate Al's contribution to music as he has released some amazing things over the years. This double CD would be a great addition to anyones collection.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
For a good time, log on to ... 25 Sept. 2001
By Lewis Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is really 2 separate CDs marketed together. The first CD, "Rare" is a collection of previously unreleased tracks spanning all of Al Kooper's career. The second CD, "Well Done", is sort of a greatest hits collection. Hard core fans of Al Kooper are likely to already own much of the material covered in Well Done, although it is great to have them in one disc, and will focus on the "Rare" tracks. New Kooper fans will probably want to listen first to the "Well Done" tracks. The entire collection of 33 songs highlights the musical influences on Al's songwriting, including Brian Wilson, James Brown, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, XTC, Dylan and others.
Rare
This CD starts with a new studio version of I Can't Quit Her, with Al playing all of the instruments. I can understand how playing this song for 34 years may cause Al to want to record a new version. Still, I thought the BS&T version was pretty close to perfect and loved the version on Soul of a Man more than the 2001 version. I really enjoy listening to the 1964 demo of Somethin' Goin On, which Al writes was heavily influenced by James Brown At the Apollo. Other highlights for me on the Rare disc are an absolutely killer version of Ray Charles' "I Believe in My Soul" from 1970 with Mick Taylor, a bluesy "Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You)" from 1994, and a big band Jazzy version of "Hey Jude" from 1969 with some fabulous jazz luminaries.
Well Done
I won't review the selections from Soul of A Man (my favorite album by any artist) but will focus instead on Al's 1976 version of "This Diamond Ring" which Al writes is the way he originally conceived it in contrast to the Gary Lewis version. I love the version of "Bury My Body" from 1969 which showcases Al's gospel roots. Much has already been written about the Stephen Stills - Al Kooper version of "Season of the Witch." Note for note, it is just about perfect. Well Done also includes some of my other Kooper favorites such as "New York City (You're A Woman)", "I Stand Alone," and more. The disc is aptly named.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the absolutely fabulous liner notes and insert that Al obviously spent a lot of time doing. It not only includes pithy insights from Al about each song but also includes impressions of Al from 30 top musicians including Stevie Winwood, Taj mahal, BB King, Brian Wilson, Tom Petty and others. The insert also havs terrific pictures of Al with many rock stars. Just great stuff to read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A welcome release... 9 Oct. 2001
By Rob Damm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Rare and Well Done" is a well-thought out compendium of Al Kooper's work. Over the course of two discs, the listener is treated to the many facets of this gifted musician. Kooper is probably known to most rock fans as a producer and maybe "that guy who played organ on Dylan's 'Highway 61'", but this set will make a case for his legacy as a remarkable writer, arranger, vocalist, instrumentalist--- an all-around sonic auteur!
"Rare" is a disc of true oddities--- covers, demos, Kooper's own versions of his songs which have come to be asociated with other performers--- the highlight is a bizzare version of XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel" that just defies decription--- you need to hear it! This disc makes the case for a Kooper as a true experimentalist.
"Well Done" is nominally a "greatest hits" disc, but even Kooper's most commerical work is probably not famlliar to most rock fans today. This disc will either be a great discovery or a wonderful-sounding, remixed, remastered collection of favorites.
This is a 2-disc set with an agenda: to bring the work of Kooper into focus and into the public eye. I hope the release does garner some recognition for one of the unheralded visonaries of the rock era
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent sampler from a talented musician 21 Sept. 2001
By John W. Butler, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Al Kooper's "Rare and Well Done" CD is a much welcomed compilation of works by this terrific performer/composer/arranger. The disc is loaded with best works, demos, and outtakes (most of which are better than songs many artists leave in on their albums). Filled with pop, soul, r&b, jazz, and bits of other musical influences, "Rare and Well Done" spans Al's multidecade career and reveals his skills at musical interpretations. This enjoyable sampler screams out for the re-release of his entire catalogue of music, much of which is currently unavailable. For now, though, buy this CD by all means. You will be well satisfied.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Why is Al Kooper not in the R & R Hall of Fame? 18 Jun. 2003
By Michael Goldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a totally dazzling collection of music from a man who is probably the most under-rated and least recognized musical geniuses working in popular music today. Not only that, he also works in blues and is a great player as well. He's up there with Brian Wislon and Lennon & McCartney, only no one knows it.

I nominate Al Kooper to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Super Kooper 2 Jun. 2002
By Ronald J Cashwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In response to the previous reviewer's question, this CD contains the full 11 minute version of "Season Of The Witch". This compilation lives up to its name. It has a generous amount of Al's rare and well known music. The info booklet is informative and entertaining as well. Hopefully, this CD will help more people realize Al's great contribution to rock music.
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