Best of Sam Cooke

The Best of Sam Cooke

by Sam Cooke
     
 

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The problem with issuing compilations of Sam Cooke material is one of licensing, since his early gospel work with the Soul Stirrers is owned chiefly by Specialty Records; his first secular pop hits like "You Send Me," "(What A) Wonderful World," and "Only Sixteen" are owned by Keen Records; his middle pop period and songs like "Chain

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The problem with issuing compilations of Sam Cooke material is one of licensing, since his early gospel work with the Soul Stirrers is owned chiefly by Specialty Records; his first secular pop hits like "You Send Me," "(What A) Wonderful World," and "Only Sixteen" are owned by Keen Records; his middle pop period and songs like "Chain Gang," "Cupid," "Twistin' the Night Away," "Having a Party," and "Bring It on Home to Me" are owned by RCA Records; and recorded material from the last year of his life, which includes the magnificent "A Change Is Gonna Come," is controlled by ABKCO Records. Any collection hoping to make a full survey of Cooke's career is thus extremely difficult to assemble. This set gets you part way there, at least on the secular side of things, combining Cooke's early pop hits for Keen Records ("You Send Me," "[What A] Wonderful World," and "Only Sixteen") with some of his later hits for RCA Records ("Chain Gang," "For Sentimental Reasons," and "Sad Mood"), and making a pretty cool playlist out of it. A lot of key tracks from Cooke's secular catalog are absent here, however, including RCA sides "Cupid," "Twistin' the Night Away," "Having a Party," and "Bring It on Home to Me," as well as the ABKCO-owned "A Change Is Gonna Come," so there's a lot more to the story. Any Sam Cooke beats no Sam Cooke, though, and this set is full of enough classics to more than get the point across.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0888430564725
catalogNumber:
305647
Rank:
4122

Tracks

  1. You Send Me
  2. Only Sixteen
  3. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
  4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  5. (What A) Wonderful World
  6. Summertime
  7. Chain Gang
  8. Cupid
  9. Twistin' the Night Away
  10. Sad Mood
  11. Having a Party
  12. Bring It On Home to Me
  13. Win Your Love for Me
  14. You Were Made for Me
  15. Nothing Can Change This Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Cooke   Primary Artist

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