Monday, July 1, 2013
SAM COOKE "The Man Who Invented Soul" (Box Set): Disc one offers a fresh appreciation of the best of the early Keen Records sides, drawing on the best of nearly two years of singles and the strongest of Cooke's LP tracks in the best account to date of his early career in popular music. Disc two begins Cooke's RCA years, and the quality of his singles, which clearly and easily bridge the gap between genres, races, and generations, improves dramatically. The development of Cooke's writing and singing and his growing confidence and range culminate with disc four, which encompasses the Night Beat album and Cooke's live performance from the Harlem Square Club. The sound is extraordinary throughout, expansive, rich-textured, and vividly detailed; a choice earlier CD release, The Man and His Music, by comparison, sounds thin and tinny. (Bruce Eder, Allmusic)This set is near essential to fans of Sam Cooke, despite the fact that it contains none of his gospel recordings for Specialty Records or any of the work from the final year of his career (owned by ABKCO Records). Scattered every few minutes across this four-disc collection are reminders of just how far ahead of all existing musical forms Cooke was, creating sounds that stretched the definitions of song genres as they were understood and created completely new categories. Indeed, he was so successful that it's easy to underestimate the impact and importance of many of his early triumphs. "You Send Me," which opens this set, may seem today like the safest, tamest pop music, but in 1957 it was a genre-bending single, a new kind of R&B/pop music hybrid and one that quietly shook the foundations of the music business when it hit number one.
trax CD 1:
01 You Send Me 02 Summertime Pt. 1 03 For Sentimental Reasons 04 Desire Me 05 Lonely Island 06 You Were Made For Me 07 Win Your Love For Me 08 Love You Most Of All 09 Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha 10 No One Can Take Your Place 11 Only Sixteen 12 With You 13 Crazy She Calls Me 14 I Got A Right To Sing The Blues 15 Comes Love 16 Ain't Nobody's Business 17 Little Things You Do 18 There I've Said It Again 19 When I Fall In Love 20 Let's Go Steady Again 21 (What A) Wonderful World 22 Chain Gang 23 I Belong To Your Heart 24 Teenage Sonata 25 Love Me 26 Sad Mood (Unreleased Version) 27 If I Had You (I'd Be Happy) 28 You Belong To Me 29 Sad Mood 30 Tenderness 31 That's it-I Quit- I'm Moving On
trax CD 2:
01 Hold On 02 Cupid 03 Tenderness (Unreleased Version) 04 Don't Get Around Much Anymore 05 Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out 06 Baby Won't You Please Come Home 07 Trouble In Mind 08 Out In The Cold Again 09 Exactly Like You 10 Since I Met You Baby 11 I'm Just A Lucky So & So 12 But Not For Me 13 You're Always On My Mind 14 (Don't Fight It) Feel It 15 It's All Right 16 Twistin' The Night Away 17 One More Time 18 Don't Cry On My Soldier 19 Somebody's Gonna Miss Me 20 Somebody Have Mercy 21 Sugar Dumpling (Original Version) 22 Nothing Can Change You (Unreleased Version) 23 Talkin' Trash 24 Movin' & Groovin' 25 Soothe Me 26 Having A Party 27 Bring It On Home To Me 28 A Whole Lotta Woman 29 I'm Gonna Forget About You 30 Nothin' Can Change This Love
trax CD 3:
01 Baby, Baby, Baby 02 Send Me Some Lovin' 03 All The Way 04 Smoke Rings 05 I Wish You Love 06 Driftin' Blues 07 Little Girl 08 Cry Me A River 09 These Foolish Things 10 Frankie & Johnnie 11 I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More 12 Another Saturday Night (Unreleased Version) 13 Love Will Find A Way 14 Cool Train (Stereo)
trax CD 4:
01 (Ain't That) Good News 02 Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day) 03 Meet Me At Mary's Place 04 Basin Street Blues 05 Cousin Of Mine 06 Tennessee Waltz 07 Falling In Love 08 When A Boy Falls In Love 09 Good Times 10 Shake 11 Yeah Man 12 It's Got The Whole World Shaking 13 The Riddle Song 14 I'm Just A Country Boy 15 Try A Little Love 16 There'll Be No Second Time 17 Another Saturday Night 18 Sugar Dumpling 19 That's Where It's At 20 You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You 21 (Somebody) Ease My Troublin' Mind 22 A Change Is Gonna Come 23 Keep Movin' On
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