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Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Some 46 years after his first pop hit, and 39 years after his death, comes only the second attempt at a comprehensive Sam Cooke collection. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 eclipses RCA's early-'80s The Man and His Music, going it better in running time but losing some important recordings -- "That's Heaven to Me" and "Soothe Me," arguably one of Cooke's most important songs -- in the process of summing up his career. From 1951's Soul Stirrers' gospel classic "Touch the Hem of His Garment" through to 1964's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," we get highlights of Cooke's career presented in state-of-the-art digital audio; superior in every way possible to the audio quality ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Some 46 years after his first pop hit, and 39 years after his death, comes only the second attempt at a comprehensive Sam Cooke collection. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 eclipses RCA's early-'80s The Man and His Music, going it better in running time but losing some important recordings -- "That's Heaven to Me" and "Soothe Me," arguably one of Cooke's most important songs -- in the process of summing up his career. From 1951's Soul Stirrers' gospel classic "Touch the Hem of His Garment" through to 1964's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Shake," we get highlights of Cooke's career presented in state-of-the-art digital audio; superior in every way possible to the audio quality of The Man and His Music. What's more, this is a hybrid disc with SACD capability, and the sound on that layer is almost as much of a jump above the quality on the CD layer as this remastering is from the old The Man and His Music disc; and either the standard CD or the SACD playback makes that 1980s-issued compilation sound faint and anemic. There's also annotation here -- which was totally lacking on the earlier CD -- by Peter Guralnick, which delves very effectively into the background of each song. And the producers have taken the trouble to be a little inventive in the programming -- it would have been easy enough to follow a strict chronological approach, but instead the disc opens and closes with tracks that reveal Cooke's gospel roots, which is pretty much where his music started and where it ended up, bookending his first hit with songs from his first session ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771926429
  • Catalog Number: 92642
  • Sales rank: 4,855

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Billy Preston Organ
Lou Rawls Vocals
Bobby Womack Guitar
Frank Capp Percussion, Drums
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Mike Pacheco Conga
Julius Wechter Percussion
David Nadien Violin
J.J. Farley Background Vocals
Sue Allen Background Vocals
Israel Baker Violin
Hal Blaine Percussion, Drums
Robert Barene Violin
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Harold Battiste Jr. Piano
Edward Truman Beal Piano
Arnold Belnick Violin
Louise Blackburn Trombone
Edgar Blanchard Guitar
Samuel Boghossian Viola
James E. Bond Bass
John Boudreaux Drums
Ralph Brewster Background Vocals
Ted Brinson Bass
Alfred Brown Violin
Thomas L. Bruster Background Vocals
James Bryant Background Vocals
Robert Bryant Trumpet
Max Cahn Violin
Red Callender Bass
Harper Cosby Bass
Leroy Crume Guitar
John DeVoogdt Violin
Harold Dicterow Violin
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Frank Fields Bass
Cecil Figelski Cello
Paul Foster Background Vocals
Panama Francis Drums
Frederick Seykora Cello
Ernie Freeman Piano
Albert "Gentleman June" Gardner Drums
Richard Gibbs Background Vocals
Jewell L. Grant Saxophone
William Green Saxophone
Rene Hall Guitar, Conductor
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Allan Harshman Viola
Jimmie Haskell Conductor
Ernie Hayes Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Howard Roberts Guitar
Harry Hyams Viola
Raymond Johnson Piano
Armand Karpoff Cello
John Kelson Jr. Saxophone
Tom Kenny Background Vocals
William Kurash Violin
Melvin Lastie Trumpet
Charles Libove Violin
Marvin Limonick Violin
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Alexander Neiman Viola
Loulie Jean Norman Background Vocals
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe Violin
Wilbert Nuttycombe Viola
Glenn Osser Conductor
Earl Palmer Drums
Charles Parlato Background Vocals
Jack Pepper Violin
John Pisano Guitar
William Pitman Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Emil Radocchia Percussion, Marimbas, Timpani
R.B. Robinson Background Vocals
Isadore Roman Violin
Myron Sandler Violin
Emmet Sargeant Cello
Ralph Schaeffer Violin
Marshall Sosson Violin
Sally Stevens Background Vocals
Robert Tebow Background Vocals
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger Violin
Jackie Ward Background Vocals
Dave Wells Trombone
Clifton White Guitar
Tibor Zelig Violin
Adolphus Alsbrook Jr. Bass
William Hinshaw French Horn
Joseph Saxon Violin
Anthony Terran Trumpet
Alicia Adams Background Vocals
Joseph R. Gibbons Banjo, Guitar
Irving Lipschultz Violin
Archie Levin Violin
Elliot Fisher Violin
Jack Halloran Background Vocals
Ambrose Russo Violin
Red Tyler Saxophone
John Anderson Trumpet
Sidney Sharp Violin
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Chuck Badie Bass
Lee Gotch Background Vocals
George Collier Guitar
Eddie Hall Percussion, Drums
Jack Costanza Bongos
Betty Jane Baker Background Vocals
John Ewing Trombone
Russell Bridges Piano
Clifford Hils Bass
Bob King Guitar
Charles Blackwell Drums
Ben Miller Violin
Hinda Barnet Violin
Norman Bartold Guitar
Joseph Coppin Cello
S.R. Crain Background Vocals
S.S. Farley Background Vocals
Fred Fradkin Violin
Carol Lee Lombard Background Vocals
Warren Myles Piano
Jimmie Outler Background Vocals
Edgar Redmond Saxophone
Ronald Selico Drums
Eddie Tilman Bass
Doreen Tryden Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Herb Alpert Composer
Sam Cooke Composer, Producer
James W. Alexander Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Lou Adler Composer, Producer
Bumps Blackwell Producer
William Best Composer
Peter Guralnick Liner Notes
Rene Hall Arranger, Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
David Hassinger Engineer
Hugo Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Dino Lappas Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Luigi Producer
Clarence Paul Composer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Art Rupe Producer
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer
Ed Townsend Composer
Deek Watson Composer
Barbara Mayson Campbell Composer
James Alexander Composer
Gus Skinas Engineer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Alisa Ritz Art Direction
Lenne Allik Concept
Larraine Walton Audio Production Director
Angelo Tillery Cover Illustration
L.C. Cooke Composer
R. Harris Composer
Lucie E. Campbell Composer
William Cook Composer
Barbara Campbell Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sam Cooke Was Soul, Sam Cooke is Soul

    Here is where you'll find it...accept no substitutes. The World's failure to passionately embrace the music of Sam Cooke (if not the man himself)stands as one of life's great disappointments. A brilliant songwriter with a voice and charisma that could only be called a gift, Sam Cooke was the daddy of them all. His recordings were so diverse and yet singularly unique entirely him. Catching up on his work is an extremely rewarding experience, and easier all the time as more and more of his work becomes readily avalible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sam Cooke: a Founder of Soul

    There are lot claasics from RCA and his other labels and some rarities on this CD. Too bad he died at such a young age. He would have been a bigger legend than James Brown and Ray Charles.

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