SAM COOKE: PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND 1951-1964

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Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.163.230) on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 11:57 am:

I just bought this CD a couple of days ago. ABKCO Records just released this 30 track complilation and it's quite good. Sound quality wise, it's great. Some of the songs were already on the "Greatest Hits" that RCA put out a few years ago and they've got a lot more punch. Several of the songs have longer fadeouts, Ray Johnson's piano on "Little Red Rooster" is more out front, the rhythm section and background vocals on "Twistin' The Night Away" are much clearer and the absolute best sounding version of "Wonderful World" is included here. They did a little better job than BMG of remixing the tapes, and it also has detailed track information and musician credits. I highly recommend it. Anyway, here is a somewhat detailed track listing:

TOUCH THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT - The Soul Stirrers (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Art Rupe
Recorded February 2, 1956 at Master Recorders, Hollywood

LOVABLE (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke and Tony Harris
Produced by Bumps Blackwell and Rene Hall
Recorded December 12, 1956 at Cosimo's Studios, New Orleans
Overdubs recorded November 1, 1957 at Master Recorders, Hollywood

YOU SEND ME (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded June 1, 1957 at Specialty Studios, Hollywood

ONLY SIXTEEN (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded December 1958/January 1959, unknown studio

(I LOVE YOU) FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS (Mono)
Written by Deek Watson and William Best
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded August 23, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood

JUST FOR YOU (Mono)
Written and produced by Sam Cooke
Recorded early 1959, unknown studio
Overdubs recorded July 24, 1959 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood

WIN YOUR LOVE FOR ME (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded June 22, 1958 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood

EVERYBODY LOVES TO CHA CHA CHA (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded January 7, 1959 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood

I'LL COME RUNNING BACK TO YOU
Written by Bill Cook
Produced by Bumps Blackwell and Rene Hall
Recorded December 12, 1956 at Cosimo's Studios, New Orleans
Overdubs recorded November 1, 1957 at Master Recorders, Hollywood

YOU WERE MADE FOR ME (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded November 26, 1957 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood

SAD MOOD (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Sammy Lowe
Recorded October 1, 1960 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, NYC

CUPID (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Luigi Creatore and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded April 14, 1961 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

WONDERFUL WORLD (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert and Lou Adler
Produced by Sam Cooke and Lou Adler
Recorded March 2, 1959 at Rex Productions, Hollywood

CHAIN GANG (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke and Charles Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Glenn Osser
Recorded January 25 and April 13, 1960 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, NYC

SUMMERTIME (Mono)
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Produced by Bumps Blackwell
Recorded at June 1, 1957 at Specialty Studios, Hollywood
(Track notes list incorrect session date of 12/58)

LITTLE RED ROOSTER (Stereo)
Written by Willie Dixon
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded February 23, 1963 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

BRING IT ON HOME TO ME (Stereo?)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Recorded April 26, 1962 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

NOTHING CAN CHANGE THIS LOVE (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded August 23, 1962 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

SUGAR DUMPLING [Version 2] (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Al Schmitt and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Jimmie Haskell
Recorded September 11, 1963 at United Recording Studios, Hollywood

AIN'T THAT GOOD NEWS (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded December 20, 1963 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

MEET ME AT MARY'S PLACE (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded January 28, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

TWISTIN' THE NIGHT AWAY (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Recorded December 18, 1961 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

SHAKE (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Al Schmitt and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded November 16, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

TENNESSEE WALTZ (Stereo)
Written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded January 28, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded February 28, 1963 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

GOOD TIMES (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded December 21, 1963 and February 2, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

HAVING A PARTY (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded at April 26, 1962 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke and J.W. Alexander
Produced by Al Schmitt and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded August 20, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Hugo & Luigi and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded January 30, 1964 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

JESUS GAVE ME WATER - The Soul Stirrers (Mono)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Art Rupe
Recorded March 1, 1951 at Universal Recorders, Hollywood

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie (62.254.0.9) on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 02:00 pm:

Looks great, but they always leave off a favourite of mine:
That's It - I Quit - I'm Movin' On :o(

Top of pageBottom of page   By M.McLeanTech (66.159.217.198) on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 06:46 pm:

CUPID (Stereo)
Written by Sam Cooke
Produced by Luigi Creatore and Sam Cooke
Arranged by Rene Hall
Recorded April 14, 1961 at RCA Victor's Music Center Of The World, Hollywood

That was the one that blew me away. It came out about six months after I was hired at Motown in January, 1961.

To this day, I don't know anything about Sam Cooke, music wise, except this one tune. I know that he was shot and killed, thanks to TV shows about the lurid, but I have never felt the desire to investigate further Sam Cooke's music.

I like Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. "Cupid" was the Sam Cooke tune that moved me to buy the record.

Several years later, without knowing it, I was a welcome guest in those Hollywood studios. I wish I had known at that time that "Cupid" had been sung in that very room.

It is a very funny thing how human emotion and art and reality interact to create sentimental feelings.

That's what record collecting is all about!!

Mike McLean

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.107.1) on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 10:15 pm:

On "Cupid", producer Luigi Creatore made the arrow sound effect. I bought the Sam Cooke: Legend DVD. It aired on VH-1 last year, but the DVD added more footage, including a TV appearance with Jackie Wilson lip-synching to "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha." The extras include a biography, discography and lengthy interviews with Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Luigi Creatore, Lloyd Price, his daughter Linda, brothers L.C. and Charles, sister Agnes and Magnificent Montague. I highly recommend it.

Top of pageBottom of page   By dvdmike (68.72.107.1) on Friday, July 04, 2003 - 10:17 pm:

Ritchie, "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" is on the Greatest Hits CD. As are all the hits from 1957 to 1963. I think BMG couldn't get licensing for the songs after '63. But they are on the "Keep Movin' On" CD. If you don't yet have it, get it!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Ritchie (62.254.0.9) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 03:32 am:

Don't worry - I have That's It, I Quit.. in my collection, (along with multiple appearances of "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha" - which always makes me hit the 'skip' button!)

Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat (61.58.181.28) on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 06:05 am:

I was listening to Johnny Copeland's tribute to Sam the other day - a great soulful song titled "Dedicated to The Greatest."
Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By KevGo (64.115.26.80) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 04:29 pm:

dvdmike:
Kudos must be given to the folks at Master Cutting Room here in NYC - they remastered the Sam Cooke series for ABKCO. According to my colleague Rick (one of the engineers) they had access to the full-track mono, two-track stereo and in certain cases the three- and four-track tapes for the Sam Cooke reissues.

The stereo mixes with the longer fadeouts were from the three & four track tapes.

Kevin Goins - KevGo

Top of pageBottom of page   By MEL&THEN SOME9 (217.14.178.73) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 04:31 pm:

Graham
yet another great talent
Johnny Copeland
mel

Top of pageBottom of page   By Livonia Ken (136.2.1.153) on Monday, July 07, 2003 - 04:40 pm:

Some of the choices were a bit interesting. You have mono tracks, wide stereo tracks, and then some stereo tracks so narrow I couldn't tell for sure that they were stereo without headphones, and even then I had some doubts. :) Most sound as good or better than any previous versions I have heard on CD, though.

Regards,

Top of pageBottom of page   By Steve Litos (209.100.86.4) on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 11:33 am:

I just bought this. The sound quality on some of the tracks just blew me away! As an example...the backing vocals to "Twistin' The Night Away" were just so clear! The price was well worth it.


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