Ain't That Good News

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The last of his studio albums released in his lifetime, Sam Cooke's Ain't That Good News offers a lot of superb material, pointing in several directions that, alas, were to go largely unexplored. The central number is, of course, the earth-shattering "A Change Is Gonna Come," with its soaring gospel sound and the most elaborate production of any song in Cooke's output. The rousing though less substantial title track also came out of a gospel tradition, as does Cooke's treatment of "Tennessee Waltz," which is one of his finest adaptations of contemporary pop material. "Falling in Love" was the work of Harold Battiste, an old friend of Cooke's who had recently re-entered his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The last of his studio albums released in his lifetime, Sam Cooke's Ain't That Good News offers a lot of superb material, pointing in several directions that, alas, were to go largely unexplored. The central number is, of course, the earth-shattering "A Change Is Gonna Come," with its soaring gospel sound and the most elaborate production of any song in Cooke's output. The rousing though less substantial title track also came out of a gospel tradition, as does Cooke's treatment of "Tennessee Waltz," which is one of his finest adaptations of contemporary pop material. "Falling in Love" was the work of Harold Battiste, an old friend of Cooke's who had recently re-entered his orbit and was partly responsible for encouraging the singer in exploring the New Orleans sound that was evident on "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" and "Meet Me at Mary's Place." And then there's "Good Times," a bittersweet, introspective party number, and the pensive successor to "Twistin' the Night Away." There are a few moments where the spell is almost broken by the intrusion of what seems like pop material, but even Cooke's version of "The Riddle Song" is worth owning, as a glimpse of how he could turn a folk song into a something so quietly soulful that its origins disappeared. With the exception of "Another Saturday Night," which had been released as a single early in the previous year, Ain't That Good News comprised the first material that Cooke had recorded in the six months following the drowning death of his 18-month-old son Vincent; it was also the first album that Cooke recorded and released under his new contract, which gave him greater freedom in choosing repertory and sidemen than he'd ever had, and so it offered a lot of pent-up emotional and musical expression, and, as it turned out, was tragically unique in the singer's output. Ain't That Good News was reissued in June of 2003 as an extraordinary audiophile-quality hybrid CD/Super-Audio CD edition by ABKCO Records, with full music and session credits. The sound on that edition literally blows any prior edition of the album, or any earlier CD release of those songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771989929
  • Catalog Number: 98992
  • Sales rank: 12,441

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist, Vocals
Lincoln Mayorga Piano, Celeste
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Buddy Clark Bass
J.J. Farley Background Vocals
Israel Baker Violin
Hal Blaine Drums
Robert Barene Violin
Harold Battiste Jr. Piano
Arnold Belnick Violin
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Harry Betts Trombone
Louise Blackburn Trombone
John Boudreaux Drums
James Bryant Background Vocals
The Carole Lombard Quartet Background Vocals
Leroy Crume Guitar
John DeVoogdt Violin
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Paul Foster Background Vocals
Richard Gibbs Background Vocals
Jewell L. Grant Saxophone
William Green Saxophone
Rene Hall Conductor
Howard Roberts Guitar
Harry Hyams Viola
Gwen Johnson Background Vocals
Raymond Johnson Piano
William Kurash Violin
Melvin Lastie Trumpet
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Alexander Neiman Viola
Earl Palmer Drums
Jack Pepper Violin
John Pisano Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Emil Radocchia Percussion, Marimbas, Timpani
Allan Reuss Guitar
Emmet Sargeant Cello
Ralph Schaeffer Violin
Robert Tebow Background Vocals
Darrel Terwilliger Violin
George Tipton Background Vocals
Jackie Ward Background Vocals
Dave Wells Trombone
Clifton White Guitar
Tibor Zelig Violin
William Hinshaw French Horn
Joseph R. Gibbons Banjo
Irving Lipschultz Violin
Johnny Halliburton Trombone
Joe Hooven Conductor
Red Tyler Saxophone
John Anderson Trumpet
Sidney Sharp Violin
Chuck Badie Bass
Eddie Hall Drums
John Ewing Trombone
Clifford Hils Bass
Norman Bartold Guitar
S.R. Crain Background Vocals
Linwood Mitchell Percussion
Jimmie Outler Background Vocals
Edgar Redmond Saxophone
Eddie Tilman Bass
Ernie Tack Trombone
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Victor Feldman Composer
Herman Rarebell Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Hugo & Luigi Producer
Rene Hall Arranger
David Hassinger Engineer
Hugo Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Luigi Producer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Clifton White Composer
Joe Hooven Arranger
Peter Van Steeden Composer
Jody Klein Producer
Gus Skinas Engineer
Alisa Ritz Art Direction
Harry Clarkson Composer
Jeff Clarkson Composer
Traditional Composer
Wally Seawell Cover Photo
Teri Landi Producer
Laura Walton Audio Production
Dan Hamilton Composer
Ann Hamilton Composer
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