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The greatest soul singer, the finest songs...,
This review is from: Portrait Of A Legend (Audio CD)
Since the 1980s issue of "The Man And His Music" it has been hard to get hold of a comprehensive Sam Cooke compilation. This makes a very fine effort, starting with sublime gospel of "Touch The Hem Of His Garment", this takes a fascinating journey through the classic perfect pop of much of Mr Cooke's output to the sombre, majestic, stunning "A Change Is Gonna Come". The definitive version of this song is here. Aretha does it well, Otis does it well, The Neville Brothers did it ok and even Beverley Knight did a respectable version on "Later With Jools Holland..." This is the definitive version.
The man's voice is pure gold, his songwriting pen is instinctive and contained herein is some of the greatest pop music ever made, some of the finest soul and one of the greatest songs recorded in the last fifty years.
Peter Guralnack's excellent liner notes are a bonus.