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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2004
There is so much more Sam Cooke coming on the market these days - so why do I feel so irritable about most of the CDs I see?
I have no quarrel with "Portrait Of A Legend", an excellent 30 track overview in glorious re-cast sound; but the problems begin with the 4CD box set, "The Man Who Invented Soul". This contains a lot of great stuff,some rarish curiosities, quite a lot of filler, and unforgivably halts at the end of '62, before the wonderful peak of Sam's last two years.Whatever the reasons, they can make no sense at all in artistic terms.
"Keep Movin' On" seems to be an attempt to rectify the omissions of the box set by focusing on '63-'64. Unfortunately, the album includes a number of late classics that appeared on "Portrait", plus blatant filler like "The Riddle Song" and "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You", which surely only a lifelong Cooke fanatic like me could listen to politely!
However, if you're new to Sam, bought "Portrait" and want to dip your toe in a little further, there are at least three solid reasons to get this CD.
First, there is the previously unreleased title track, a delightful, swingalong piece which Sam throws off so casually (it sounds like a demo)that it's awhile before you realise what an unpretentious little beauty it is. But that's nothin'. There are two further gems which have been criminally ignored by Cooke-compilers over the years and which may be appearing on CD for the first time....
"Yeah Man!" must be one of the most joyful secular songs Sam ever cut. It's pure party, taken very fast with Sam giggling all the way through it and a big vocal chorus yelling him on. It's up there with "Twisting The Night Away, "Shake," and "Having A Party." It sounds like a huge hit single, and was apparently intended for release and then pulled. Otis Redding saw its potential, and reworked it with Arthur Conley as "Sweet Soul Music", to huge late '60s success. "Yeah Man!", of course, just blows it away.Well, what do you expect?
Finally, my hobby-horse, the magnificent "(Somebody)Ease My Troublin' Mind", which came out as a b-side just after Sam's death and was then virtually forgotten - until now (credit where it's due). If you think "A Change Is Gonna Come" is one of the greatest, most spiritually moving songs you've ever heard (if you don't, where are your ears, where are your emotions?)then "Ease My Troublin' Mind" will take you to the same place: it has a slightly bluesier feel than "Change", and the "trouble" in question is more generally expressed, but this is Sam's voice at full throttle, reaching for the moon. Who needs more?
To return to my initial grumble - but with a positive suggestion.Sam Cooke deserves a fitting memorial:it hasn't happened yet. The people who can produce such great sounding CDS in the SACD format should be well able to come up with a double-CD, 60 track set containing absolutely no filler, just outright masterpieces known and unknown. This would allow all the famous classics to sit cheek by jowl with the songs I've highlighted, plus other rare marvels like "Talkin' Trash","Ain't Gonna Cheat On You", the wildest moments of the incomparable "Harlem Square"
set, and even freaky novelties like "Farewell, My Darling" (b-side of "Cupid", scratched to bits, forgotten by everyone but me?)- ALL ON THE ONE DEFINITIVE RELEASE! If ABKCO lack the confidence to make the selection, please apply here.
And where's the film of his life??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2004
For an album recorded back in 1963-64, its sound quality is amazing. This is the best sounding cd I've ever heard from this period. Almost everything that's missing in RCA box set "The Man who invented the Soul" can be found here. Although not his most famous hits, song selection is on a par with them. A job well done, ABKCO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2007
"Keep Movin' on" is a compilation that, with a few exceptions, covers the last year of Sam Cooke's recording career. The last album released in his own lifetime, the great "Ain't That Good News" is almost completely covered here; along with rarities, singles and some of his very last recordings from November 1964.

For people who only know Sam Cooke from pop-hits like "Only Sixteen", "A Wonderful World" and "You Send Me", it may sound a little odd that Cooke is often called the creator of soul-music. This wouldn't be the case if they were familar with these late Sam Cooke recordings. "Ain't That Good News" is my favourite Sam Cooke original album; and most best from songs from that album such as "Meet Me at Mary's Place", "Good Times", "The Riddle Song" and the title track are included here.

Other highlight are "Shake", "That's Where it's At" ( I believe this song inspired Otis Redding to do "That's How Strong my Love is" ), and the previously unreleased "Keep Moving On"

Fine informative 26 pages booklet included!

Essential listening for fans of early soul-music - and fans of good music in general!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2008
"Keep Movin' on" is a compilation that ,with a few exceptions, covers the last year of Sam Cooke's recording career. The last album released in his own lifetime, the great "Ain't That Good News" is almost completely covered here; along with rarities, singles and some of his very last recordings from November 1964.

For people who only know Sam Cooke from pop-hits like "Only Sixteen", "A Wonderful World" and "You Send Me", it may sound a little odd that Cooke is often called the creator of soul-music. This wouldn't be the case if they were familar with these late Sam Cooke recordings. "Ain't That Good New" is my favourite Sam Cooke original album; and most best from songs from that album such as "Meet Me at Mary's Place", "Good Times", "The Riddle Song" and the title track are included.

Other highlight are "Shake", "That's Where it's At" ( I believe this song inspired Otis Redding to do "That's How Strong my Love is" ), and the previously unreleased "Keep Moving On"

Fine informative 26 pages booklet included!

Essential listening for fans of early soul-music - and fans of good music in general!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2005
This album is truely a classic. If you are a Sam Cooke fan or you are someone who appreciates good music, then buy this album.
In his prime their were absolutely no singer or performer who could match his accomplishments. TRUELY A LEGEND!

Also try his LIVE ALBUMS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2004
For an album recorded back in 1963-64, its sound quality is amazing. This is the best sounding cd I've ever heard from this period. Almost everything that's missing in RCA box set "The Man who invented the Soul" can be found here. Although not his most famous hits, song selection is on a par with them. A job well done, ABKCO!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2008
In my review of the box set "The man who invented soul" I bemoaned the omission of "A change is gonna come" and other tracks from the last year of his life. Well, they're all here. Buy this, the box set and some of his gospel work with the Soul Stirrers and you have a complete Sam Cooke collection.
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on 3 April 2015
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on 16 May 2015
Great.
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