The Man Who Invented Soul

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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 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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636791128
  • Catalog Number: 67911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Send Me (2:45)
  2. 2 Summertime, Pt. 1 (2:23)
  3. 3 For Sentimental Reasons (2:40)
  4. 4 Desire Me (2:27)
  5. 5 Lonely Island (2:31)
  6. 6 You Were Made for Me (2:58)
  7. 7 Win Your Love (For Me) (2:34)
  8. 8 Love You Most of All (2:19)
  9. 9 Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha (2:43)
  10. 10 No One Can Take Your Place (2:22)
  11. 11 Only Sixteen (2:14)
  12. 12 With You (2:38)
  13. 13 Crazy She Calls Me (2:35)
  14. 14 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (2:34)
  15. 15 Comes Love (2:30)
  16. 16 Ain't Nobody's Business (2:27)
  17. 17 Little Things You Do (2:17)
  18. 18 There! I've Said It Again (2:01)
  19. 19 When I Fall in Love (2:45)
  20. 20 Let's Go Steady Again (2:33)
  21. 21 Wonderful World (2:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chain Gang (2:42)
  2. 2 I Belong to Your Heart (2:19)
  3. 3 Teenage Sonata (2:43)
  4. 4 Love Me (2:23)
  5. 5 Sad Mood (2:34)
  6. 6 If I Had You (I'd Be Happy) (2:25)
  7. 7 You Belong to Me (2:46)
  8. 8 Sad Mood (2:39)
  9. 9 Tenderness (2:22)
  10. 10 That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On (2:39)
  11. 11 Hold On (2:49)
  12. 12 Cupid (2:37)
  13. 13 Tenderness (2:26)
  14. 14 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:13)
  15. 15 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (3:26)
  16. 16 Baby Won't You Please Come Home (2:14)
  17. 17 Trouble in Mind (3:01)
  18. 18 Out in the Cold Again (2:26)
  19. 19 Exactly Like You (2:10)
  20. 20 Since I Met You Baby (3:04)
  21. 21 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (3:17)
  22. 22 But Not for Me (2:34)
  23. 23 You're Always on My Mind (2:18)
  24. 24 (Don't Fight It) Feel It (2:02)
  25. 25 It's All Right (2:47)
  26. 26 Twistin' the Night Away (2:42)
  27. 27 One More Time (2:27)
  28. 28 Don't Cry on My Shoulder (2:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Somebody's Gonna Miss Me (2:48)
  2. 2 Somebody Have Mercy (3:06)
  3. 3 Sugar Dumpling (2:18)
  4. 4 Nothing Can Change This Love (2:16)
  5. 5 Talkin' Trash (2:15)
  6. 6 Movin' and Groovin' (2:56)
  7. 7 Soothe Me (2:19)
  8. 8 Having a Party (2:36)
  9. 9 Bring It on Home to Me (2:45)
  10. 10 A Whole Lotta Woman (2:33)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Forget About You (2:30)
  12. 12 Nothing Can Change This Love (2:39)
  13. 13 Baby, Baby, Baby (2:30)
  14. 14 Send Me Some Lovin' (2:48)
  15. 15 All the Way (3:30)
  16. 16 Smoke Rings (3:26)
  17. 17 Wish You Love (2:25)
  18. 18 Driftin' Blues (3:18)
  19. 19 Little Girl (2:37)
  20. 20 Cry Me a River (2:48)
  21. 21 These Foolish Things (4:01)
  22. 22 Frankie and Johnny (2:46)
  23. 23 I Ain't Gonna Cheat on You No More (2:25)
  24. 24 Another Saturday Night (2:46)
  25. 25 Love Will Find a Way (2:18)
  26. 26 Cool Train (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (3:25)
  2. 2 Lost and Lookin' (2:13)
  3. 3 Mean Old World (3:48)
  4. 4 Please Don't Drive Me Away (2:15)
  5. 5 I Lost Everything (3:25)
  6. 6 Get Yourself Another Fool (4:07)
  7. 7 Little Red Rooster (2:53)
  8. 8 Laughin' and Clownin' (3:38)
  9. 9 Trouble Blues (3:24)
  10. 10 You Gotta Move (2:40)
  11. 11 Fool's Paradise (2:35)
  12. 12 Shake, Rattle & Roll (3:31)
  13. 13 Intro/(Don't Fight It) Feel It (3:46)
  14. 14 Chain Gang (3:12)
  15. 15 Cupid (2:45)
  16. 16 It's All Right/ For Sentimental Reasons (5:13)
  17. 17 Twistin' the Night Away (4:17)
  18. 18 Somebody Have Mercy (7:16)
  19. 19 Bring It on Home to Me (3:04)
  20. 20 Nothing Can Change This Love (3:46)
  21. 21 Having a Party (5:25)
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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
Al Pelligrini Piano
Lou Oles Trumpet
Sidney Sharp Violin
Al 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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    A perfect Sam Cooke collection

    There are some really good single disk collections of Sam Cooke's hits but his voice is so smooth, so beautiful, so enjoyable to listen to, and the songs are so fantastic that you won't regret getting this box set.

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