The Complete Specialty Recordings of Sam Cooke

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
They were known as the Soul Stirrers when they did the 1951-1957 recordings on this three-CD, 84-song collection. It's billed to Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, though, as it's the ultimate collection of sides he recorded as a member of the group for Specialty Records, along with seven tentative secular pop
ock sides he did for the label as a solo singer in 1956. Cooke doesn't sing lead on all of the Soul Stirrers' tracks, though there are plenty of his leads to hear throughout the set; he shares lead duties with Paul Foster, although by the end of his time in the outfit, Cooke was taking most of the solo leads. There's also one ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
They were known as the Soul Stirrers when they did the 1951-1957 recordings on this three-CD, 84-song collection. It's billed to Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers, though, as it's the ultimate collection of sides he recorded as a member of the group for Specialty Records, along with seven tentative secular pop
ock sides he did for the label as a solo singer in 1956. Cooke doesn't sing lead on all of the Soul Stirrers' tracks, though there are plenty of his leads to hear throughout the set; he shares lead duties with Paul Foster, although by the end of his time in the outfit, Cooke was taking most of the solo leads. There's also one cut, "All Right Now," on which Cooke shares lead with Rev. Julius Cheeks two alternate versions of the song are also on the set. Even if Cooke isn't always the solo lead, however, he's a big presence on all of these sides, which represent both an important summary of his career prior to achieving pop stardom and a major body of gospel music. While much of the material is traditional with Cooke contributing some originals, the arrangements do evolve, including some drums, organ, piano, bass, and electric guitar at various points. The link between gospel, R&B, and rock & roll becomes evident to more secular-minded listeners, sometimes strikingly so in Cooke's phrasing, which, even on songs as far back as 1953 "I'd Give up All My Sins and Serve the Lord", contained clear antecedents to his vocals on his first breakthrough pop hit, "You Send Me." Naturally those antecedents are heard strongest on the seven 1956 solo cuts that represented his first pop ventures, and although these are on the innocuous side, they're enjoyable foreshadowings of his rock & roll years. Numerous alternate takes and three 1955 live songs with good sound complete the most comprehensive portrait of Cooke's gospel years. Note, though, that the version of "I'll Come Running Back to You" -- a Top 20 entry in the wake of "You Send Me" -- lacks the overdub on the hit single.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 022211443728
  • Catalog Number: 4437
  • Sales rank: 28,583

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come, Let Us Go Back to God (2:51)
  2. 2 Peace in the Valley (2:45)
  3. 3 I'm Gonna Build on That Shore (2:19)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Build on That Shore (2:34)
  5. 5 I'm on the Firing Line (2:55)
  6. 6 I'm on the Firing Line - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:47)
  7. 7 Joy, Joy to My Soul (2:08)
  8. 8 Until Jesus Calls Me Home - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:44)
  9. 9 Jesus Done Just What He Said (2:19)
  10. 10 Jesus Gave Me Water (2:30)
  11. 11 He's My Rock (Wait on Jesus) (2:34)
  12. 12 How Far Am I from Canaan? (3:02)
  13. 13 Christ Is All (2:35)
  14. 14 It Won't Be Very Long (2:36)
  15. 15 It Won't Be Very Long (2:44)
  16. 16 It Won't Be Very Long (2:38)
  17. 17 Jesus Will Lead Me to That Promised Land (3:05)
  18. 18 Jesus Will Lead Me to That Promised Land [Alternate Ta (0:35)
  19. 19 Jesus Will Lead Me to That Promised Land (2:43)
  20. 20 Just Another Day (2:44)
  21. 21 Let Me Go Home (3:15)
  22. 22 Let Me Go Home (2:38)
  23. 23 Jesus Paid the Debt (2:53)
  24. 24 Jesus Paid the Debt (2:47)
  25. 25 How Far Am I from Canaan? - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:50)
  26. 26 How Far Am I from Canaan? (1:47)
  27. 27 How Far Am I from Canaan? (2:56)
  28. 28 Someday Somewhere (2:17)
  29. 29 Someday Somewhere (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 End of My Journey (2:55)
  2. 2 He'll Welcome Me (3:06)
  3. 3 He's My Friend Until the End (3:04)
  4. 4 He's My Friend Until the End (3:00)
  5. 5 I Have a Friend Above All Others - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:20)
  6. 6 Come and Go to That Land (2:37)
  7. 7 Come and Go to That Land (2:39)
  8. 8 Come and Go to That Land (2:36)
  9. 9 I'd Give Up All My Sins and Serve the Lord (2:31)
  10. 10 I'm So Happy in the Service of the Lord (2:21)
  11. 11 All Right Now (1:49)
  12. 12 All Right Now (3:44)
  13. 13 All Right Now (2:52)
  14. 14 He'll Make a Way (2:39)
  15. 15 He'll Make a Way (3:00)
  16. 16 Jesus, I'll Never Forget - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:37)
  17. 17 Jesus, I'll Never Forget (2:33)
  18. 18 Any Day Now (2:29)
  19. 19 Any Day Now (2:38)
  20. 20 One More River (3:13)
  21. 21 Nearer to Thee (3:04)
  22. 22 I'm So Glad (Trouble Don't Last Always) (3:15)
  23. 23 Be With Me Jesus (2:30)
  24. 24 He's My Guide (2:46)
  25. 25 He's My Guide - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (1:38)
  26. 26 He's My Guide (2:35)
  27. 27 Pilgrim of Sorrow - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:37)
  28. 28 Pray (1:41)
  29. 29 The Last Mile of the Way - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (1:02)
  30. 30 The Last Mile of the Way (2:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Last Mile of the Way (3:01)
  2. 2 He's So Wonderful (2:22)
  3. 3 Touch the Hem of His Garment (2:04)
  4. 4 Jesus, Wash Away My Troubles (2:07)
  5. 5 Farther Along (2:30)
  6. 6 Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone? (2:49)
  7. 7 Pilgrim of Sorrow (2:20)
  8. 8 Happy in Love - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (1:57)
  9. 9 I Need You Now (2:00)
  10. 10 I'll Come Running Back to You - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (2:14)
  11. 11 Lovable (2:27)
  12. 12 I Don't Want to Cry (2:48)
  13. 13 That's All I Need to Know (2:22)
  14. 14 Forever (2:59)
  15. 15 Lord Remember Me (3:00)
  16. 16 That's Heaven to Me (3:13)
  17. 17 That's Heaven to Me - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers (2:25)
  18. 18 Were You There? (1:16)
  19. 19 Were You There? (2:33)
  20. 20 Were You There? (2:32)
  21. 21 Mean Old World (2:37)
  22. 22 Mean Old World (2:37)
  23. 23 I Have a Friend Above All Others - The Soul Stirrers & Sam Cooke (3:39)
  24. 24 Be With Me Jesus (7:47)
  25. 25 Nearer to Thee (8:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist, Vocals, Lead
Edgar Blanchard Guitar
Thomas L. Bruster Baritone (Vocal)
Rev. Julius Cheeks Lead
L.C. Cook Drums
Roy Crain SR. Tenor (Vocal)
Leroy Crume Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Frank Fields Bass
Paul Foster Lead
Evelyn Gay Piano
Abe Mills Drums
Earl Palmer Drums, Leader
Edward David Robinson Piano
R.B. Robinson Baritone (Vocal)
Faidest Wagoner Piano
Willie Webb Organ
Bob King Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jesse J. Farley Bass (Vocal), Lead
Warren Myles Piano
Technical Credits
Little Walter Composer
Roy Acuff Composer
Sam Cooke Arranger, Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Composer
Andy Fraser Composer
Karen Bernod Composer
Rev. Julius Cheeks Arranger
L.C. Cook Composer
Roy Crain SR. Arranger
Tommy Dorsey Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Jan Kincaid Composer
Crain Composer
Daniel Wolff Liner Notes
Jimmy Fortune Composer
Mac Powell Composer
Rev. William Herbert Brewster Composer
L.C. Cooke Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Unknown Composer
S.R. Crain Composer
Gregg Jakobson Composer
William Cook Composer
Musgrove Composer
Dennis Wilson Composer
Fantasy Staff Producer
Fred W. Clark Composer
Anderson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Complete Specialty Recordings of Sam Cooke

    This is one of the best Gospel recordings I have heard! The very smooth, soothing voice, of Mr. Cooke in peculiar, is breath taking. This is a must-have, for anyone that appreciates good music.

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    It'll make you Believe

    I'm not a religous person, but this stuff puts the Spirit in me. The 3 live songs will make you cry. I want them played at my funeral. This is real music, and the price is a steal.

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