A Groundbreaking Soul Pioneer and An Influence On
Generations of Singers - Everyone Agrees Sam Cooke Is The MAN!
"...He had an incomparable voice. Sam Cooke could sing anything and make it
work. But when you're talking about his strength as a singer, range is not
relevant. It was his power to deliver — it was about his phrasing, the totality
of his singing," - Van Morrison, for Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest
Singers Of All Time, ranking Cooke at No. 4
This compilation album from the '60s contains 13 of Sam Cooke's most popular
singles including "You Send Me", "Twistin' The Night Away", "Wonderful World"
This Best Of Sam Cooke album was the beacon that kept Cooke's most popular songs
in the public eye. For a couple of generations this was the first - and often
only - Sam Cooke album they owned. Although there are more ambitious collections
that show Cooke's remarkable range and diversity, this is still the best
starting place. These are Sam Cooke's biggest commercial hits. This is the
message in a bottle that brought his gifts to millions of people.
What is it that makes Cooke's music so irresistible? Well, first the voice, of
course. So good, in fact, was Cooke as a vocalist that Atlantic Records vice
president Jerry Wexler said matter-of-factly, "Sam Cooke was the best singer who
ever lived, no contest." But beyond just his voice, it's the phrasing that makes
these songs so timeless and memorable. Cooke himself explained it this way: "You
just talk the story. That's how you get people to come to you - because it's not
like a song, it's like two people rapping, only with a melody attached. But then
when you come to the hook ('That's the sound of the men working on the chain
gang'), then you're free, everybody's gonna sing that part, you want to get
everybody to sing along." And they're still singing along.
• Stereo SACD
• This Hybrid SACD is playable on ALL CD Players!
1. You Send Me
2. Only Sixteen
3. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
5. (What A) Wonderful World
7. Chain Gang
9. Twistin' The Night Away
10. Sad Mood
11. Having A Party
12. Bring It On Home To Me
13. Another Saturday Night (Alternate take)
14. Nothing Can Change This Love