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Sam Cooke Keep Movin On: 23 songs on RCA from 1964 onwards; many rare gems CD debut; rare album tracks; good sound; Must-Own!!
on 22 April 2016
“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
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.
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.
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.