Man Who Invented Soul

The Man Who Invented Soul

by Sam Cooke

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This collection’s title makes a weighty claim, but a tour through this rich, beautifully packaged box set quickly makes it evident that Sam Cooke’s fusion of gospel and pop laid the foundation for the genre-splicing music of such seminal soul artists as Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Al…  See more details below


This collection’s title makes a weighty claim, but a tour through this rich, beautifully packaged box set quickly makes it evident that Sam Cooke’s fusion of gospel and pop laid the foundation for the genre-splicing music of such seminal soul artists as Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green -- not to mention hits from subsequent generations of crooners. Spanning Cooke’s career from 1957 until 1963, The Man Who Invented Soul is thematically divided into four discs. The first disc features material from Cooke’s early years with Keen Records, including the chart-topping singles "You Send Me" and "Only Sixteen." The second and third discs collect tracks from his RCA years (1960 to 1963), a time that produced infectious classics such as "Chain Gang" and "Cupid." The fourth disc, however, showcases songs from the quintessential Cooke albums Night Beat, which documents Cooke’s successful foray into more complex jazz-soul arrangements, and Live at the Harlem Square Club, which captures the former gospel star’s onstage charisma with sizzling versions of "Twistin’ the Night Away" and "Having a Party." Like his white counterpart Bobby Darin, Cooke was blessed with an intoxicating voice that enabled him to effortlessly move from one musical genre to the next -- be it blues ("Little Red Rooster"), rock ‘n’ roll ("Shake, Rattle & Roll"), folk ("Frankie And Johnny"), or standards ("Summertime"). If Cooke hadn’t been killed in 1964, who knows what creative heights this pioneer might have scaled. Still, his music lives on. And despite the exclusion of his posthumously released ballad "A Change Is Gonna Come," Cooke’s musical legacy is well documented in this stellar box set. Dave Gil de Rubio

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This set is near essential to fans of Sam Cooke, despite the fact that it contains none of his gospel recordings for Specialty Records or any of the work from the final year of his career (owned by ABKCO Records). Scattered every few minutes across this four-disc collection are reminders of just how far ahead of all existing musical forms Cooke was, creating sounds that stretched the definitions of song genres as they were understood and created completely new categories. Indeed, he was so successful that it's easy to underestimate the impact and importance of many of his early triumphs. "You Send Me," which opens this set, may seem today like the safest, tamest pop music, but in 1957 it was a genre-bending single, a new kind of R&B/pop music hybrid and one that quietly shook the foundations of the music business when it hit number one. Disc one offers a fresh appreciation of the best of the early Keen Records sides, drawing on the best of nearly two years of singles and the strongest of Cooke's LP tracks in the best account to date of his early career in popular music. Disc two begins Cooke's RCA years, and the quality of his singles, which clearly and easily bridge the gap between genres, races, and generations, improves dramatically. The development of Cooke's writing and singing and his growing confidence and range culminate with disc four, which encompasses the Night Beat album and Cooke's live performance from the Harlem Square Club. The sound is extraordinary throughout, expansive, rich-textured, and vividly detailed; a choice earlier CD release, The Man and His Music, by comparison, sounds thin and tinny.

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Disc 1

  1. You Send Me
  2. Summertime, Pt. 1
  3. For Sentimental Reasons
  4. Desire Me
  5. Lonely Island
  6. You Were Made for Me
  7. Win Your Love (For Me)
  8. Love You Most of All
  9. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
  10. No One Can Take Your Place
  11. Only Sixteen
  12. With You
  13. Crazy She Calls Me
  14. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  15. Comes Love
  16. Ain't Nobody's Business
  17. Little Things You Do
  18. There! I've Said It Again
  19. When I Fall in Love
  20. Let's Go Steady Again
  21. Wonderful World

Disc 2

  1. Chain Gang
  2. I Belong to Your Heart
  3. Teenage Sonata
  4. Love Me
  5. Sad Mood
  6. If I Had You (I'd Be Happy)
  7. You Belong to Me
  8. Sad Mood
  9. Tenderness
  10. That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On
  11. Hold On
  12. Cupid
  13. Tenderness
  14. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  15. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
  16. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  17. Trouble in Mind
  18. Out in the Cold Again
  19. Exactly Like You
  20. Since I Met You Baby
  21. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  22. But Not for Me
  23. You're Always on My Mind
  24. (Don't Fight It) Feel It
  25. It's All Right
  26. Twistin' the Night Away
  27. One More Time
  28. Don't Cry on My Shoulder

Disc 3

  1. Somebody's Gonna Miss Me
  2. Somebody Have Mercy
  3. Sugar Dumpling
  4. Nothing Can Change This Love
  5. Talkin' Trash
  6. Movin' and Groovin'
  7. Soothe Me
  8. Having a Party
  9. Bring It on Home to Me
  10. A Whole Lotta Woman
  11. I'm Gonna Forget About You
  12. Nothing Can Change This Love
  13. Baby, Baby, Baby
  14. Send Me Some Lovin'
  15. All the Way
  16. Smoke Rings
  17. Wish You Love
  18. Driftin' Blues
  19. Little Girl
  20. Cry Me a River
  21. These Foolish Things
  22. Frankie and Johnny
  23. I Ain't Gonna Cheat on You No More
  24. Another Saturday Night
  25. Love Will Find a Way
  26. Cool Train

Disc 4

  1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  2. Lost and Lookin'
  3. Mean Old World
  4. Please Don't Drive Me Away
  5. I Lost Everything
  6. Get Yourself Another Fool
  7. Little Red Rooster
  8. Laughin' and Clownin'
  9. Trouble Blues
  10. You Gotta Move
  11. Fool's Paradise
  12. Shake, Rattle & Roll
  13. Intro/(Don't Fight It) Feel It
  14. Chain Gang
  15. Cupid
  16. It's All Right/ For Sentimental Reasons
  17. Twistin' the Night Away
  18. Somebody Have Mercy
  19. Bring It on Home to Me
  20. Nothing Can Change This Love
  21. Having a Party

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Cooke   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
King Curtis   Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone
Bobby Donaldson   Percussion,Drums
Seldon Powell   Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Drums
David Nadien   Violin
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
George Duvivier   Bass
Israel Baker   Violin
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Alfred Brown   Violin
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Max Cahn   Violin
Red Callender   Bass
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Albert "Gentleman June" Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Felix Giglio   Violin
Jewell L. Grant   Saxophone
William Green   Saxophone
Marty Harris   Piano
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Allan Harshman   Viola
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Tate Houston   Saxophone
Harry Hyams   Viola
Raymond Johnson   Piano
Charles Libove   Violin
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Hugo Peretti   Organ
Charles Macey   Guitar
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Saxophone
George Neikrug   Violin
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Viola
George Ockner   Violin
Reuben Phillips   Saxophone
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Isadore Roman   Violin
Myron Sandler   Violin
Ralph Schaeffer   Violin
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Percussion,Drums
George Stubbs   Piano
Melvin Tax   Saxophone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger   Violin
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Harry Urbont   Violin
William Hinshaw   Violin
Joseph Saxon   Violin
Irving Lipschultz   Viola
William Pittman   Guitar
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Archie Levin   Violin
Elliot Fisher   Violin
Ron Rich   Percussion,Drums
Morris Wechsler   Piano
Pelligrini   Piano
Lou Oles   Trumpet
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Chernet   Guitar
William Rodriguez   Percussion,Drums
James Maxwell   Trumpet
Paul Winter   Violin
Ben Miller   Violin

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Percy Grainger   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
James W. Alexander   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
John Berry   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes,Essay
Bob Russell   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Barbara Mayson Campbell   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Mabel Cordle   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Robert Prince   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers   Composer
Lowell Jordan   Composer
Eddie Williams   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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