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on 22 April 2016
CONTENT:

“Keep Movin’ On” by Sam Cooke, released by Abkco Records from US in 2001, contains 23 songs, his singles on RCA locked up in the Abkco vaults all this time until now. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, chart position, year of release)(BB Pop=Billboard Hot 100; BB R&B=Billboard Rhythm & Blues Chart):

01 GOOD NEWS (RCA Victor 47-8299)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1964; BB R&B 1(1)/1964)
02 ROME (WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY)*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
03 MEET ME AT MARY’S PLACE*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
04 BASIN STREET BLUES (RCA Victor 47-8299)(b-side, 1964)
05 COUSIN OF MINE (RCA Victor 47-8426)(a-side, BB Pop 31/1964; BB R&B 6/1964)
06 TENNESSEE WALTZ (RCA Victor 47-8368)(b-side, BB Pop 35/1964; BB R&B 6/1964)
07 FALLING IN LOVE*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
08 WHEN A BOY FALLS IN LOVE (RCA Victor 47-8586)(a-side, BB Pop 52/1965)*b-side “The Piper” not included here
09 GOOD TIMES (RCA Victor 47-8368)(a-side, BB Pop 11/1964; BB R&B 1(2)/1964)
10 SHAKE (RCA Victor 47-8486)(a-side, 7/1965; BB R&B 2(3)/1965)
11 YEAH MAN*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
12 IT’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD SHAKIN’ (RCA Victor 47-8539)(a-side, BB Pop 41/1965; BB R&B 15/1965)
13 THE RIDDLE SONG*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
14 I’M JUST A COUNTRY BOY*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
15 TRY A LITTLE LOVE*from album “Try A Little Love” (RCA Victor LPM 3435)(1965)
16 THERE’LL BE NO SECOND TIME*from album “ Ain’t It Good News” (RCA Victor LPM 2899)(1964)
17 ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT (RCA Victor 47-8164)(a-side, BB Pop 10/1963; BB R&B 1(1)/1963)
18 SUGAR DUMPLING (RCA Victor 47-8631)(a-side, BB Pop 32/1965; BB R&B 18/1965)*b-side “Bridge of Tears” not included here
19 THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT (RCA Victor 47-8426)(b-side, BB Pop 93/1964; BB R&B 8/1964)
20 YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU*from album “Shake” (RCA Victor LPM 3367)(1965)
21 (SOMEBODY) EASE MY TROUBLIN’ MIND (RCA Victor 8539)(b-side, BB Pop 115/1965)
22 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME (RCA Victor 47-8486)(b-side, BB Pop 31/1965; BB R&B 9/1965)
23 KEEP MOVIN’ ON*previously unreleased; recorded in 1964

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Sam Cooke’s catalogue was split between RCA and Abkco. After his son’s death in 1963 when he was inactive, a new contract was to ultimately give control and ownership of his recordings to him (or, as events worked out, his manager, Allen Klein). Like his Cameo-Parkway recordings, he kept tightly under the vault. Now finally, all these rare gems are making their CD debut. Here, we find his most important and influential songs. There are many singles and album tracks. I listed the chart positions to illustrate that the above songs are true hits and not fillers. All the charted singles from 1964-1965 are present.
2 The sound is very well remastered. All the above songs have become my reference standards.
3 There is an 8-page booklet, including names of musicians and producers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 Only 23 songs. As noted above, a few b-sides are still missing.
2 There is no essay in the booklet. There were no label & number, no chart position and no names of source albums.
3 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Sam Cooke was born Samuel Cook (the “e” was added later) on January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers, then recorded as “Dale Cook.” String of hits on Keen label led to contract from RCA. He died from a gunshot wound on December 11, 1964 (age 33). The story of Sam Cooke is about a longing for a voice that was silenced far too soon. In 1964, Muhammed Ali stated “Sam Cooke is the world’s great rock and roll singer – the greatest singer in the world.”

If you are looking for his Soul Stirrers era, I would recommend “Wonderful” (Not Now Music, 2 CDs, 30 songs). For his RCA output until 1962, I would recommend “The Man Who Invented Soul” box set (RCA, 4CDs, 2000, 96 songs). For his 1964 (Abkco) onward output, I would also recommend “Portrait of a Legend” (Abkco, 2003, 30 songs). Of course, the ultimate reference is the current set with so many rare gems and great sound, and is a Must-Own for all Sam Cooke fans. I hope someday, his RCA albums from 1963 onwards are released.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 23 December 2015
Although a great album it was not sacd hybrid as shown on advert !
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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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on 3 April 2015
nice item good service
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