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SAM COOKE Portrait Of A Legend
 

SAM COOKE Portrait Of A Legend

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Contains an untitled hidden track which follows "Jesus Gave Me Water."

Includes liner notes by Peter Guralnick.

Sam Cooke was a giant not just in the soul world, but in the larger scheme of American music. His melding of soul, gospel, and pop was as trenchant as it was revolutionary and influential. This unbeatable 30-song compilation touches on every aspect of this phenomenally gifted singer-songwriter's career. The romantic croon of "You Send Me" shares space with the mournful "Sad Mood," the romping "Twistin' the Night Away," and the moving social/spiritual statement "A Change Is Gonna Come." For pure fun, it's hard to beat the humor-filled "Another Saturday Night." Perhaps the master stroke, though, is "Havin' a Party." As no less esteemed a personage than Bruce Springsteen once observed, it's an ostensibly celebratory song that seems to bear a deep sadness via Cooke's vocal performance, a sense of laughing to keep from crying. At the same time, Cooke manages the considerable feat of making loneliness sound like fun. It takes some kind of singer to pull off a trick like that. And it takes some kind of production team (take a bow, Teri Landi and Jody Klein) to bring such vibrant new life to the legendary material so lovingly remastered and repackaged for this top-shelf compilation.


1. Touch The Hem Of His Garment

2. Lovable

3. You Send Me

4. Only Sixteen

5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

6. Just For You

7. Win Your Love For Me

8. Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha

9. I'll Come Running Back To You

10. You Were Made For Me

11. Sad Mood

12. Cupid

13. (What A) Wonderful World

14. Chain Gang

15. Summertime

16. Little Red Rooster

17. Bring It On Home To Me

18. Nothing Can Change This Love

19. Sugar Dumpling

20. (Ain't That) Good News

21. Meet Me At Mary's Place

22. Twistin' The Night Away

23. Shake

24. Tennessee Waltz

25. Another Saturday Night

26. Good Times

27. Having A Party

28. That's Where It's At

29. A Change Is Gonna Come

30. Jesus Gave Me Water

31. (Hidden Track)
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