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The Rhythm and the Blues

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
From the title, you might infer that this 20-track compilation -- taken from early-'60s sessions, and principally composed of LP-only cuts -- aims to showcase Cooke's most soulful side. That's true to some degree, but this isn't his funkiest stuff; for that, look to Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963, or even his most up-tempo singles. Most of this is, in fact, suave pop/R&B, the emphasis sometimes falling on the pop, with lightly swinging, jazzy arrangements, and some orchestration. Cooke didn't write most of the material here, and while "Little Red Rooster" a hit single represents the earthiest extreme that the CD touches upon, there are also quite a few songs...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
From the title, you might infer that this 20-track compilation -- taken from early-'60s sessions, and principally composed of LP-only cuts -- aims to showcase Cooke's most soulful side. That's true to some degree, but this isn't his funkiest stuff; for that, look to Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963, or even his most up-tempo singles. Most of this is, in fact, suave pop/R&B, the emphasis sometimes falling on the pop, with lightly swinging, jazzy arrangements, and some orchestration. Cooke didn't write most of the material here, and while "Little Red Rooster" a hit single represents the earthiest extreme that the CD touches upon, there are also quite a few songs that were originally performed by jazz/popsters from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Certainly these are decent offerings; Cooke's a great singer and interpreter, and the arrangements are smooth without being overdone. But it's neither Cooke at his very best the hits compilation Man and His Music is much better, or his grittiest that honor belongs to Harlem Square. It does restore much of his better obscure material to wide availability, and is recommended to those who have the above-mentioned albums and want more Cooke, although the 1963 LP Night Beat reissued on CD in 1995 is a bluesier and better one to check out first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/1995
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636676043
  • Catalog Number: 66760

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Rene Hall Conductor
Hugo Conductor
Luigi Conductor
Horace Ott Conductor
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Technical Credits
Big Mama Thornton Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Janis Joplin Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Bobby Bloom Composer
Vince Clarke Composer
Luigi Creatore Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
David Hassinger Engineer
Hugo Producer
Luigi Producer
Hugo Peretti Producer
Johnny Moore Composer
Andy Bell Composer
Paul Williams Tape Research
Eddie Eddings Vault Research
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Clifford White Liner Notes
Mabel Cordle Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Jerry Fuller Composer
Traditional Composer
Ahmet Nugetre Composer
H. E. Gifford Composer
Jimmie Cox Composer
Van Wells Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Booker White Composer
T. B. Harms Composer
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