Wonderful World: The Very Best of Sam Cooke 1957-60

Wonderful World: The Very Best of Sam Cooke 1957-60

by Sam Cooke
     
 
It might not seem so apparent these days, but Sam Cooke was an innovative stylist during his secular commercial peak, intimately merging R&B, gospel, and pop into what would eventually be called soul. It helped that he had a voice that could go from gravel to silk and back again, and he knew how to write a song, too, and had a firm grasp of the business side of music

Overview

It might not seem so apparent these days, but Sam Cooke was an innovative stylist during his secular commercial peak, intimately merging R&B, gospel, and pop into what would eventually be called soul. It helped that he had a voice that could go from gravel to silk and back again, and he knew how to write a song, too, and had a firm grasp of the business side of music and publishing -- Cooke had a complete vision for his career and only his early death cut it short. This two-disc, 59-track set surveys most of that career (from 1957 to 1960 on the Specialty, Keen, and RCA labels) and includes Cooke's early classics with gospel group the Soul Stirrers ("Touch the Hem of His Garment," "That's Heaven to Me"), his secular pop hits ("You Send Me," "Only Sixteen," "Wonderful World," "Chain Gang"), and elegant covers of songs like "Jamaica Farewell," "Mona Lisa," and "The Great Pretender." What this set doesn't have are his two late-career gems "Bring It on Home to Me" and "A Change Is Gonna Come" and the joyous "Twistin' the Night Away," but aside from these, the Sam Cooke musical story is here.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Jasmine Music
UPC:
0604988015225
catalogNumber:
152

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Loveable
  2. You Send Me
  3. Summertime, Pt. 1
  4. I'll Come Running Back To You
  5. Forever
  6. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
  7. Desire Me
  8. I Don't Want To Cry
  9. That's All I Need To Know
  10. You Were Made For Me
  11. Lonely Island
  12. All Of My Life
  13. Win Your Love For Me
  14. Almost In Your Arms
  15. Love You Most Of All
  16. Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha
  17. The Little Things You Do
  18. Only Sixteen
  19. Let's Go Steady Again
  20. There I've Said It Again
  21. No One Can Take Your Place
  22. Teenage Sonata
  23. If You Were The Only Girl In The World
  24. I Belong To Your Heart
  25. You Understand Me
  26. Wonderful World
  27. With You
  28. Chain Gang
  29. I Fall In Love Every Day
  30. Sad Mood

Disc 2

  1. Touch The Hem Of His Garment
  2. Ol' Man River
  3. So Long
  4. Danny Boy
  5. My Foolish Heart
  6. Today I Sing The Blues
  7. Blue Moon
  8. Comes Love
  9. Summertime, Pt. 2
  10. I Need You Now
  11. One Hour Ahead of the Posse
  12. That's Heaven to Me
  13. Steal Away
  14. Far Away Places
  15. Under Paris Skies
  16. South Of The Border
  17. Jamaica Farewell
  18. Galway Bay
  19. The House I Live In
  20. Hey There
  21. Mona Lisa
  22. The Great Pretender
  23. Unchained Melody
  24. The Wayward Wind
  25. Venus
  26. Love Me
  27. Just For You
  28. If I Had You (I'd Be Happy)
  29. You Belong To Me

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