Bring It on Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke

Bring It on Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke

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Overview

Previous entries in Ace's Black America Sings series have focused on Bob Dylan and the Beatles, but also Otis Redding -- a singer/songwriter who shows up on Bring It on Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke singing "Shake," a song that became more identified with Otis than Sam. This alone suggests how great Cooke's legacy is: he wove his way into the very fabric of pop culture, quite clearly influencing generations of soul and rock singers, but also shaping how R&B could cross over into pop, along with the parameters of how black musicians could set up their own independent enterprises in the music business. Cooke's SAR label has been documented elsewhere and, unsurprisingly, some of the acts show up on this 24-track set, but Bring It on Home has greater ambitions than to round up Cooke-associated acts. Certainly, there are some here -- including Bobby Womack's funky 1970 rendition of "I'm Gonna Forget About You," the Soul Stirrers, and Lou Rawls -- but this taps into the smooth strut of his crossover pop, the grit of his gospel, his easy touch with a love song, and his sly ways of breaking down borders, both musical and sociological. As this compilation rolls on, skipping between symphonic singles recorded while Sam was alive and rawer sides from the late '60s and early '70s, what impresses is how far and wide Cooke's influence resonates. Before Motown, he was the one singer who figured out how to bridge the gap not only between the church and the street, but the street and the supper club, all the while without losing touch with his roots. He didn't sell out, he bought in, and by hearing all these wonderful artists who followed his path -- Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Smokey Robinson, Brenton Wood, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, Sam & Dave -- it becomes apparent just how important he was.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667062725
catalogNumber: 1079912
Rank: 56206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rene Hall   Conductor
Joe Hooven   Conductor

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer,Producer
Steve Cropper   Producer
David Axelrod   Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer
George Jackson   Producer
Lou Adler   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Illustrations
Mickey Buckins   Producer
Don Costa   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Fred Ford   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Marc Gordon   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Rick Hall   Producer
Brian Holland   Producer
Jerry Lawson   Producer
Sonny Limbo   Producer
Eric Malamud   Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Chips Moman   Producer
David Porter   Producer
Maurice Rodgers   Producer
Ed Townsend   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Clifton White   Composer
Hal Winn   Producer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations,Notes Adaption
Joe Hooven   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Robinson   Producer
Bill Millar   Photo Courtesy
Clinton Levert   Composer
Ted Stovall   String Arrangements
Eric Charge   Illustrations
J.W. Alexander   Composer
Anthony Gourdine   Composer
Dan Greer   Producer
Jericho Brown   Composer
Betty Prudhomme   Composer
Beverly Prudhomme   Composer

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