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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000000QME
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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While Sam Cooke certainly made beautiful music in the pop realm, his greatest sides were those made with the Soul Stirrers. When Cooke joined the group in 1950 at the age of 19, he'd already spent 4 years singing with the Highway Q.C.'s. The Soul Stirrers lead singer, R.H. Harris, who quit just before Cooke's arrival, had spent almost 25 years molding the group into gospel stardom through an innovative use of two lead singers matched with utmost energy and sophistication. Cooke initially sang in a style similar to Harris's, but soon took off into his own unearthly realm, writing spine-tingling songs like "Nearer to Thee," "Mean Old World," and the brilliant "Touch the Hem of His Garment," then singing them in his soaring, inimitable style with perfect control of phrasing and enunciation. This is an awesome collection, a record to listen to many, many times--to grow old with. Save it for those days when you need absolute proof that true grace does exist. --Mike McGonigal

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By Baz Douglas VINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2008
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This is a wonder, a gorgeous feast of beautifully arranged and sung, heartfelt gospel. I'm not a believer, but, believe me this is a miracle. Sam Cookes voice soars and swoops, brimming with emotion. There isn't a single dud track on this. Maybe 'Touch the Hem of His Garment' is the standout, but all are excellent.
Anyone who values emotional content and sheer vocal brilliance could not but love this; don't hesitate, buy it now.
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Sam Cooke at his best, and the harmonies and so tight. Listening to this make his singing as a pop artiste seem pale, what a voice!
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HASH(0x8ee19b94) out of 5 stars Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers 17 Oct. 2000
By Andrew J F Tiernan - Published on Amazon.com
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This record is a must for fans of Sam Cooke and fans of singing in general. There are 25 songs on the CD, 20 of which are Gospel. All the songs are good but my three favourites would be "How Far am I from Canaan, Be with me Jesus, and Jesus wash away my Troubles (this one brings home just how good a singer Sam Cooke was)". I would also recommend the two CD set "Sam Cooke's Sar Records Story" which has a full CD devoted to Gospel recordings made on Sam's label, finishing with the most beautiful version of "That's Heaven To Me" sung by Sam Cooke himself.
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HASH(0x8ee19be8) out of 5 stars Sweet and powerful 14 Dec. 2001
By Lynn Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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When R. H. Harris left the Soul Stirrers, many people expressed surprise that someone as young as Sam Cooke was asked to take his place. They changed their minds quickly, Sam had the voice, the charisma and the determination to make him a star. Gospel lost a great star when he turned to popular music, but he has left a wonderful legacy for all music lovers. His Gospel roots show his very best work, a voice both sweet and powerful. His call-and-response with Paul Foster brings two masters together in perfect complement of each other.
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HASH(0x8f1cc81c) out of 5 stars Classic Music from a Master. 4 Sept. 2002
By peterfromkanata - Published on Amazon.com
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There is not much to add to the existing, excellent reviews. It's hard to believe that this music is 50 years old--it still sounds fresh and vital, with the young Sam Cooke shining on this wonderful music. He really had a unique voice, and his sad, early death robbed the world of a huge talent.
This music has lost none of it's magic, and no serious collector of gospel, R and B, Soul should be without such a marvellous CD.
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HASH(0x8f6d43a8) out of 5 stars Touch The Hem Of His Garment 23 Jun. 2000
By David W. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the raw, gritty Sam Cooke of the church. These are his early Gospel sides, backed by the fantastic Soul Stirrers. You get to see the real fusion of Gospel and R&B that created Soul music. Sam moves from mimicking the group's former lead singer, to creating a sound of his own, to taking off for the wealth and fame of popular music. I got to know the Gospel side of Sam via the first two tracks on the compilation, "A Man And His Music." On "Touch The Hem Of His Garment," I was in awe of that voice. And it's such a great songwriting achievement! "That's Heaven To Me" is probably the prettiest Gospel song I ever heard, and again, it's beautiful songwriting. That's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many great performances here, with many of them Cooke compositions. And early solo works by Sam as a secular singer are here ("Lovable," "That's All I Need To Know"), including a #1 R&B smash, "I'll Come Running Back To You." If you want to know where Sam Cooke was coming from, here it is. It is just about a consensus, that as great as Sam Cooke was singing Soul music, he was even better at Gospel. This is Sam singing his roots. The sound is truly divine. We are fortunate to be able to touch the hem of Sam's garment, and hear him sing Gospel.
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HASH(0x8ece50cc) out of 5 stars Gospel According to Sam Cooke 6 Nov. 2004
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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Recorded from 1951 to 1956, Sam Cooke's work with the Soul Stirrers is both musically and spiritually rewarding. The technical quality of this Specialty label reissue is excellent. From the opener "Peace in the Valley," Cooke sets a heartfelt groove. On "It Won't Be Very Long," his impassioned vocals raise the spirits and the soul. Cooke wrote "Just Another Day" that builds joyfully, "When I get on home in my Lord's kingdom, I'm gonna sit down, roll around on the throne, and He'll be there with arms spread wide open; I'm gonna hear him say, 'My servant, welcome home.'" "He'll Make A Way" from 1954 begins to let us hear the Sam Cooke whose vocals would become legendary after switching to secular music. "Wonderful" is another excellent track where Cooke's voice soars like a dove on the wing as the Soul Stirrers give him a vocal backbeat. "Touch the Hem of His Garment," another Cooke-penned tune, rocks gently with Cooke's trademark vocals fully formed. "Mean Old World" is another delightful track complete with handclaps that sets your toe to tapping. "I'll Come Running Back to You" is not gospel, but has Cooke's classic romantic groove. This set is a great treat that both sounds great technically as well as brings back Cooke's earliest musical roots. Enjoy!
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