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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For fans only familiar with Sam Cooke's later secular blockbusters, this fine Specialty disc of classic Soul Stirrers sides is essential listening. Taking over for powerhouse lead R.H. Harris in 1950, Cooke proceeded to take gospel singing to new heights with the Stirrers, showing a level of grace in his phrasing and tone not often heard before. He also penned many of their most popular songs, including such standouts as "Mean Old World," "Touch the Hem of His Garment," and "Nearer to Thee." And while his pop hits "You Send Me," "Having a Party," "Chain Gang," etc. are incredible, it's these early gospel sides that many believe to be his best. While the debate goes on, do ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For fans only familiar with Sam Cooke's later secular blockbusters, this fine Specialty disc of classic Soul Stirrers sides is essential listening. Taking over for powerhouse lead R.H. Harris in 1950, Cooke proceeded to take gospel singing to new heights with the Stirrers, showing a level of grace in his phrasing and tone not often heard before. He also penned many of their most popular songs, including such standouts as "Mean Old World," "Touch the Hem of His Garment," and "Nearer to Thee." And while his pop hits "You Send Me," "Having a Party," "Chain Gang," etc. are incredible, it's these early gospel sides that many believe to be his best. While the debate goes on, do yourself a favor and check out this amazing collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1992
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 022211700920
  • Catalog Number: 7009
  • Sales rank: 25,043

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers Primary Artist
Sam Cooke Indexed Contributor, Vocals
The Soul Stirrers Track Performer
Marni Nixon Background Vocals, Overdubs
J.J. Farley Vocals
Edgar Blanchard Guitar
Ralph Brewster Background Vocals, Overdubs
L.C. Cook Drums
Roy Crain SR. Vocals
Frank Fields Bass
Paul Foster Vocals
Evelyn Gay Piano
Loulie Jean Norman Background Vocals
Earl Palmer Drums, Leader
R.B. Robinson Vocals
Faidest Wagoner Piano
Willie Webb Organ
Clark Yocum Background Vocals, Overdubs
Alicia Adams Overdubs
Alicia Adas Background Vocals
I.C. Cook Drums
Lee Gotch Background Vocals, Overdubs
Eddie Robinson Piano
Bob King Guitar, Vocals
Warren Myles Piano
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
James Cleveland Composer
Herb Alpert Composer
Sam Cooke Arranger, Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Composer
James W. Alexander Producer
Lou Adler Composer
Bumps Blackwell Producer
L.C. Cook Composer
Roy Crain SR. Arranger, Producer
Paul Foster Contributor
Lee Hildebrand Liner Notes
Bob Hilliard Composer
Jan Kincaid Composer
Art Rupe Producer
Gordon Skene Mastering
Alvin "Red" Tyler Composer
Billy Vera Reissue Producer
Willie Webb Programming
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Crain Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jimmy Fortune Composer
Georgia Gillfillan Producer
Mac Powell Composer
Clinton Levert Jr. Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster Composer
L.C. Cooke Composer
S.R. Crain Composer
Gregg Jakobson Composer
William Cook Composer
C. Brewster Composer
Dennis Wilson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sam Cooke, Genius

    This is a very fine record, with Mr. Cooke leading the way. The soothing voice, and fine performance thoughout, makes this a must have. It recalls great singing, of yesteryear, when music was music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sam Cooke died too soon

    It was very soothing to listen to sam cooke the gospel singer the songs were indeed soul stiring but the down side they are sooo short I know that is just a sign of the times he recorded in.It was also intresting to listen to the ealy gospel songs then his r&b that came later and their similarity.

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