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Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend, 1951-1964 (Limited Edition, 180 Gram) (2 LP)

Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend, 1951-1964 (Limited Edition, 180 Gram) (2 LP)

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Double 180 gram vinyl LP pressing. From Sam Cooke's teenage debut as a full fledged member of the legendary Soul Stirrers in 1951 through his career as a rhythm and blues phenomenon thanks to the recordings for which he is acknowledged as the progenitor of Soul music. His hit songs, most of which he wrote, went on to become pop standards, enduring to this day. Sam Cooke's amazing body of work is encapsulated in SAM COOK: PORTRAIT OF a LEGEND 1957-64, the ultimate Sam Cooke greatest hits package.

Sam Cooke was a giant not just in the soul world, but in the larger scheme of American music. His melding of soul, gospel, and pop was as trenchant as it was revolutionary and influential. This unbeatable 30-song compilation touches on every aspect of this phenomenally gifted singer-songwriter's career. The romantic croon of "You Send Me" shares space with the mournful "Sad Mood," the romping "Twistin' the Night Away," and the moving social/spiritual statement "A Change Is Gonna Come" (this compilation is one of the rare collections to have this stirring and sought-after track). For pure fun, it's hard to beat the humor-filled "Another Saturday Night." Perhaps the master stroke, though, is "Havin' a Party." As no less esteemed a personage than Bruce Springsteen once observed, it's an ostensibly celebratory song that seems to bear a deep sadness via Cooke's vocal performance, a sense of laughing to keep from crying. At the same time, Cooke manages the considerable feat of making loneliness sound like fun. It takes some kind of singer to pull off a trick like that. And it takes some kind of production team (take a bow, Teri Landi and Jody Klein) to bring such vibrant new life to the legendary material so lovingly remastered and repackaged for this top-shelf compilation.

Contains an untitled hidden track which follows "Jesus Gave Me Water."
Personnel includes: Sam Cooke (vocals); Clif White, Bobby Womack (guitar); Billy Preston (organ); Lou Rawls (background vocals).
Producers include: Bumps Blackwell, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, Rene Hall, Sam Cooke.

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Pop / Soul



A1 Touch The Hem Of His Garment 2:01
A2 Lovable 2:24
A3 You Send Me 2:43
A4 Only Sixteen 2:02
A5 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 2:38
A6 Just For You 2:19
A7 Win Your Love For Me 2:46
A8 Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha 2:45
B1 I'll Come Running Back To You 2:13
B2 You Were Made For Me 2:53
B3 Sad Mood 2:39
B4 Cupid 2:36
B5 (What A) Wonderful World 2:05
B6 Chain Gang 2:34
B7 Summertime 2:20
B8 Little Red Rooster 2:52
C1 Bring It On Home To Me 2:42
C2 Nothing Can Change This Love 2:37
C3 Sugar Dumpling 2:43
C4 (Ain't That) Good News 2:28
C5 Meet Me At Mary's Place 2:41
C6 Twistin' The Night Away 2:41
C7 Shake 2:50
C8 Tennessee Waltz 3:09
D1 Another Saturday Night 2:40
D2 Good Times 2:27
D3 Having A Party 2:35
D4 That's Where It's At 2:35
D5 A Change Is Gonna Come 3:11
D6 Jesus Gave Me Water 2:29
D7 Soul (Spoken Word Hidden Track) 4:29
Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend, 1951-1964 (Limited Edition, 180 Gram) (2 LP) - Updated: 12/06/2021


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